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Brian Wilson Biopic Steals the Show at Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014

Toronto — In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become reliable one-stop shopping for critics, distributors and movie fans eager to sample the year’s best films: Toronto, after all, is where a little Iraq war movie called The Hurt Locker got its start; so did The Wrestler, Black Swan, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. Excellence was just as much on display in the 39th edition of TIFF, …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 14-20

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Don’t Miss The Roosevelts: An Intimate History — The political dynasty that produced two substantial presidents and one extraordinary first lady gets the Ken Burns treatment, and you know what that means: lots of old-time photographs, Meryl Streep voice-overs, and enough George Will to last a lifetime. It’s all lathered over an illuminating 14-hour, seven-part film that not only explores the political imprint …

Serious-Minded ‘Calvary’ Sneaks Up on Viewers

Saturday, September 13, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Calvary Written and directed by …

‘Tammy’ Gives Melissa McCarthy a Star Vehicle

Saturday, July 5, 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 …

Hallmark TV Shows Christmas In July

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New York — The Hallmark TV channels started a week’s worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July — but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs. The stunt on the Hallmark and …

New Film Shows How Roger Ebert Became a ‘Beloved’ Critic

Thursday, July 3, 2014

He could be generous and petty, competitive and nurturing, absurdly public and ferociously private. And given access to a soap box, you could be sure Roger Ebert would scramble on top of it. Quite aside from being America’s most famous film critic, Ebert was a film enthusiast, a …

TV Pilots Depart L.A.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Los Angeles — Once the king of TV pilots, Los Angeles is rapidly losing its domain to New York and other rivals. The L.A. region’s share of pilot production dropped to a historic low in the most recent pilot season, as producers took their business to the Big …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 29-July 5

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Don’t Miss Fourth of July C elebrations — Here’s our big-bang theory: Nothing matches watching fireworks live and in person. But if you happen to be anchored to the couch this year, television has plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” to offer as well. The explosive programming starts with …

‘Jersey Boys’ Adapts Tony Winner

Saturday, June 28, 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 …

Shia LaBeouf Arrested

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New York — Shia LaBeouf was released from police custody Friday after he was escorted from a Broadway theater for yelling obscenities and continued to act irrationally while being arrested, authorities said. After his court appearance, the actor, …

Through a Lens Darkly, Indeed

Friday, June 27, 2014

There are eight very good reasons to see “Film Noir: Embrace the Dark,” the summer movie series at the Hopkins Center that continues through Aug. 17, and they are: The Maltese Falcon , Double Indemnity , Detour , …

Studio Scrambles to Settle Dispute Over ‘Transformers’ in China

Friday, June 27, 2014

Beijing — Hollywood studios, salivating over China’s booming movie market, are falling over themselves to sew up deals on the mainland. But just days before its global launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount Pictures got a crash course in just how fraught such tie-ups can be. The …

Raspy-Voiced Eli Wallach Dies

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New York — As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled — in acting and in life — by a …