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With its founder Michael Kutza nearing his half-century mark as leader, the Chicago International Film Festival announced its 48th edition slate Thursday. Heavily concentrated, as it has been in recent years, at the downtown AMC River East 21 multiplex,...
Let's just get this out of the way: With "People Like Us," actor Chris Pine and writer-director Alex Kurtzman have made the type of movie that their previous features have had a tendency to crush. Pine became a star three years ago while commanding...
Viola Davis has won two Tony Awards for her Juilliard-trained stage work in the August Wilson plays "King Hedley II" and "Fences." She has been Oscar-nominated twice, first for a supporting role in "Doubt," more recently for a much larger role, in "The...
Mark Wahlberg stars in "Broken City," opening today, but Jeffrey Wright commits larceny and quietly steals the movie. It's not the first time. Now 47, Wright, one of the great pleasures of American screen acting at the moment, has played his share of...
The director's statement issued with “Smashed” reads, in part: "Being drunk can be really fun. It's just all the other things that come with being drunk that can be a downer (wrecking cars, lives, etc.) ... so many films that deal with...
Congratulations to Joan Allen, Viola Davis and Helen Hunt, who will all attend the Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-25) to accept a Silver Hugo award for "significant achievements and contributions to the arts," the fest announced this...
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
Aug 30, 2011 |Column| Chicago TribuneJan 19, 2012 | Los Angeles Times24 FramesThe NAACP announced its nominees for the 43rd Image Awards Thursday morning at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly HIlls. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in TV, music, literature and films. The winners will be annnounced...Jan 24, 2012 | Los Angeles TimesPolitiCalThe announcement that two actresses from the film "The Help" received Academy Awards nominations gave a timely boost to more than 300 domestic workers who traveled by buses to Sacramento to lobby for a new law to protect housekeepers and nannies....Jan 24, 2012 | Los Angeles Times24 Frames"The Help" producer Brunson Green reflects on his film's long journey to the screen....Original site for The Help (movie) topic gallery.
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