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For Oscar nominee Kevin O’Connell, maybe 21 times is the charm

Plenty of people have won Oscars, but only one man holds the record for the most nominations without a win. That would be sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who recently received his 21st nomination, this one for “Hacksaw Ridge,” which recounts the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who...

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike breathe life into the star-crossed lovers in the true story 'A United Kingdom'

The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute. While lovers faced with daunting obstacles is a dramatic tradition going back to Romeo and Juliet, if not further,...

Three categories — foreign, documentary, animated-- to wrap your head around before the Oscars

When I tell people that Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members often fill out their Oscar ballots without seeing all the nominated work — sometimes without seeing any of the nominated work — they’re shocked. Shocked! At which point I usually ask how much time they invest before casting...

David Fincher's masterful 'Zodiac' looms large at Cinefamily

It’s been 10 years since David Fincher made his supreme masterpiece, “Zodiac” — the movie in which his own obsessive perfectionism found an unimprovable choice of subject, style and theme. Adapted by James Vanderbilt from Robert Graysmith’s authoritative account of the killings that rocked the...

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis detail their three favorite 'Fences' scenes

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis played married couple Troy and Rose Maxson 114 times in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” That number came up often in a recent conversation with the pair while Davis was on her lunch break from shooting her TV series, “How to Get Away With...

Ohad Naharin's dazzling choreography and prickly personality shine in 'Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance'

The only mandate artists have is to make things happen: Being articulate about what they do is an option. But when someone can talk as well as they create, the rewards are considerable, as the documentary “Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance” convincingly demonstrates. The artist in question...

Michael Shannon connected to his 'Nocturnal Animals' lawman character from the get-go

Michael Shannon’s versatility can’t be explained by a Daniel Day-Lewis- or Robert De Niro-like mutant ability to transform physically. That’s a bit of a nonstarter for a 6-foot-3 fellow with as distinctive a look as Shannon’s. Yet he’s hardly shackled; the actor slides freely into the skin of the...

Celebrating 25 years, the Pan African Film Festival honors Alfre Woodard for telling and carrying 'our stories, our spirit'

From the late 1980s to the early ’90s, when people thought of blackness in Los Angeles, most thought of either the rise of N.W.A’s West Coast style of rap or the fallout from the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King. As actress Alfre Woodard put it, “people didn’t think there was a mindset here of an...

'The Lego Batman Movie' is the best Batman movie since 'The Dark Knight'

“Why so serious?” The Joker posed that question in “The Dark Knight,” and even in the context of the greatest (and the most serious) of all Batman movies, it carried the unmistakable sting of a self-critique. If there was anyone who could stand to lighten up a bit, it was surely the film’s director,...

British DP Tony Richmond talks 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' 'Don't Look Now' and more

The American Cinematheque presents “Do Look Now: The Cinematography of Tony Richmond” a four-film retrospective at the Aero this weekend. Richmond, best known for his work with director Nicolas Roeg in the 1970s, continues to work in television and film, including the upcoming “Diary of a Wimpy...

Tim Sutton's 'Dark Night' offers a hypnotic prelude to a tragedy

Everyone in “Dark Night” seems terribly alone — even the ones who aren’t. In the opening moments, a teenager stares blankly out at a mall parking lot, her eyes reflecting, but barely registering, the flashing red-and-blue lights of a police car. In another scene, two skateboarding kids keep slipping...

Weinstein Co. sued over release dates for 'The Founder' and 'Gold'

Harvey Weinstein is currently basking in the awards glow of “Lion,” nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. But his company’s Oscar-season celebration has been crashed by a new lawsuit related to its two January flops, “The Founder” and “Gold.” FilmNation Entertainment is suing...

Jack Nicholson as ‘Toni Erdmann’: When right-minded ideas come out wrong

Maybe it was just coincidence that I was sitting in intermission of Glenn Close's revived "Sunset Boulevard" when this news of the Jack Nicholson "Toni Erdmann" remake came through. It sure felt like fate though. There I was Tuesday night, watching Close as Norma Desmond. There are good reasons...

SAG-AFTRA will phase out residual checks under new direct deposit system

As a voice and screen performer for more than 40 years, Susan Boyd Joyce knows how important residual income is for working actors in Hollywood. She also knows the annoyance of dealing with countless residual checks sent by traditional mail — even those that add up to a few pennies or less. “I...

In the burgeoning world of virtual reality, storytelling is both cutting-edge and old-fashioned

Over the last several years, the Sundance Film Festival has been an early adopter, and key champion, of bringing virtual-reality content into the world of film. What had once been primarily a gaming movement has evolved into a cinema fixture. Sundance and its New Frontier program are big reasons...

South By Southwest Film Festival to premiere James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist'

The South By Southwest Film Festival, following up on its main program announcement last week, on Tuesday released more titles for the upcoming edition of the Austin, Texas-based event. Topping the new list is the world premiere of “The Disaster Artist,” directed by and starring James Franco. Based...

Inside the Oscar nominees luncheon, where the clarion call was 'art has no borders'

There was a star at almost every table: Pharrell Williams, taking daytime formal to the extreme in a NASA sweatshirt, ripped jeans and a ballcap. Emma Stone, flanked by her mother, who was busy capturing the event with her iPhone. Casey Affleck, still basking in the glow of the New England Patriots’...

Fox's quarterly earnings lifted by TV, but film revenue declines

Media conglomerate 21st Century Fox reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings boosted by the World Series and Fox News, but the stock was down slightly in after-hours trading Monday after the company whiffed on revenue due largely to weaker film results.  Fox posted fiscal second-quarter...

DGA names Russell Hollander as national executive director

The Directors Guild of America has picked from within its own ranks a new national executive director to succeed Jay Roth, who is set to step down in May after more than two decades leading the union. Russell Hollander, who has worked at the DGA for 16 years, was unanimously voted to head the organization...

Political speeches color DGA Awards as the season transforms into a forum for dissent

Anger and concern over President Trump’s immigration restrictions were still fresh in Hollywood’s mind Saturday night at the 69th Directors Guild of America Awards dinner, an event that quickly turned political — with DGA President Paris Barclay leading the charge. “I would not be standing in this...

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