Friday, August 18, 2017

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Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Steven Zaillian—whose writing earned four Oscar nominations, including a win for his Schindler’s List screenplay in 1994—has made an auspicious first foray into television as a writer, executive producer and director on The Night Of (HBO), which recently scored 13 Emmy...

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

It's been a rough summer at the box office, and movie theater chains are feeling the pain. It got worse last week when AMC Entertainment said U.S. box office grosses are sinking. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore, who has followed the industry for more than 20 years, says...

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

"Good Time" is a story about one bad night gone worse. Robert Pattinson plays a small time Queens crook named Connie Nikas whose botched robbery and escape attempt lands his mentally handicapped brother in jail. And that's just in the first few minutes. The film doesn't come up for a breather...

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

Director DeMane Davis has established herself in short and long-form fare. On the former score, she is on the commercialmaking/branded content roster of production house Sweet Rickey. She has directed campaigns for such clients as Bank of America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tidy Cats and Cigna. ...

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Taylor Sheridan has a knack for finding and telling stories about parts of the American frontier that Hollywood doesn't dare touch. The Texas native brought audiences to the U.S.-Mexico border in "Sicario" and to shattered West Texas in "Hell or High Water" through his visceral screenplays. Now...

Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

Casey Affleck plays the ghost in the new David Lowery film, "A Ghost Story." For most of the movie, which expanded wide Friday (7/21), he's silent and cloaked in a white sheet with eye holes cut out as he returns to his home to look in on his still-living partner played by Rooney Mara. It's a...

Saturday, Jul. 22, 2017

The response to season one of Issa Rae's HBO series, "Insecure," was so strong, particularly on social media, that countless (and hilarious) memes were created about the star characters, and the show's male fans rallied behind the male lead after he had been cheated on.

It sparked the age...

Monday, Jul. 10, 2017

David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken were both feeling frustrated about pessimism around the topic of climate change — so they got together to talk about it. Thankfully they invited some cameras along, too, with the help of Funny or Die and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning "Years of Living...

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

The intersection of Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman didn't start with "The Beguiled."

They'd met at parties in passing and had even tried to work together once on a project that fell apart. Coppola loved Kidman's wicked humor and Kidman loved Coppola's cinematic style and vision. So...

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017

When Diane Keaton accepts the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award this week, she'll say it's all because of her mom, dad and Woody Allen.

The Oscar-winning actress credits her parents with instilling her creativity and work ethic, and Allen's "Annie Hall" with launching her...