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Highlights from backstage at the Oscars: The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory. “Michelle Obama,”...
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
The propulsive hostage thriller "Argo," the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, just plain works. It's heartening to encounter a film, based on fact but happy to include all sorts of exciting fictions to amp up the suspense, whose entertainment...
A writer must eat, which is why most playwrights eventually try their hands at screenwriting. "Stand Up Guys," starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, comes from the stage-trained Noah Haidle, whose story premise sounds like a sure (if...
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview. The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...
Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that? This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...
With a conspicuous diss of Kathryn Bigelow, the un-nominated director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning. “Zero Dark Thirty” was one of nine films given the best picture...
The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms. Steven Spielberg's epic on the 16th president, "Lincoln," stood out in the film categories with seven Golden Globe nominations, followed...
Well, it'll be a while before we get to see the film that was voted best picture of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday: Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which deals with the hunt for O. bin Laden. It doesn't open in wide circulation...
Buck Henry arguably made his showbiz debut at the age of 2, when his mother, the silent film star Ruth Taylor, took him to the Paramount lot to show him off. She denied then that she wanted him to go into movies. Sorry, Mom. Henry has become a polymath of...
ALTHOUGH I HAD plenty of Oscar invites to choose from (pizza at my friend Pauline O'Connor's house; pizza at home; pizza at a pizza place), there was one I could not turn down. Every year, all of the Academy Awards limo drivers park at the Hollywood...
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