Movies / TV

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and not one of those big-spending Democratic liberals. Perfect, as all the younger AuCoin wanted to do was act. He admits, “I didn’t …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality. On a stormy night in Hollywood, the 87th annual Academy Awards …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a special showing in March at President Woodrow Wilson’s White House. It is widely recognized as …

Oscar Nominations 2015 — Hollywood Is Strangely Absent

Friday, January 16, 2015

If Thursday’s Oscar nominations are any indication, the best Hollywood movies aren’t being made by Hollywood anymore. Following the lead of many major industries, the movie business has in effect outsourced what used to be its bread and butter. For if the Academy Awards have traditionally represented anything, …

‘Boyhood’ Leads Golden Globes, ‘Grand Budapest’ Upsets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood was right on time at the Golden Globes, winning the night’s top honor, best drama, as well as best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. The sweetly humanist film had …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Jan. 11-17

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Don’t Miss The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards — Yes, the Oscars are more prestigious, but the Globes, which honor achievement in both film and television, are much more fun, thanks to the event’s laid-back (and booze-fueled) attitude. It also helps that we’ve got funny ladies Tina Fey …

Hopkins Center Programs Take a Revolutionary View of Film

Friday, January 9, 2015

Almost since the beginning of film, filmmakers have played with images and sound to show just how easily a medium that purports to reproduce reality can be altered. A number of events coming up at the Hopkins Center …

Around The Remote: Television Picks For Jan. 4-9

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — “The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.” So says wise ol’ Mr. Carson as the beloved period soap returns for what looks to be a season of tremendous change. It’s 1924 and Lady Mary appears ready to embrace a romantic suitor. …

‘Unbroken’ Offers an Incomplete Portrayal

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Networks Roll Out New Shows for Midseason; Favorites Return

Monday, December 29, 2014

The year’s not over yet, but TV networks already are looking ahead to 2015 and the January start of midseason. To be sure, this is just what’s been announced so far. Some broadcasters have additional series waiting in …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Don’t Miss: New Years’s Eve celebrations — There’s no shame in staying home and partying in front of your TV set, as long as you’ve got someone to vacuum up the confetti. As usual, the networks will ring in the new year with several festive specials including the …

There Are Three Lessons in ‘Hobbit’ Finale

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Woodstock Film Series Features ‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’

Saturday, December 27, 2014

One of the world’s most sacred pilgrimage routes is the Camino de Santiago, a roughly 500-mile trek from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the cathedral consecrated to St. James in Galicia, near the Spanish Atlantic coast. …