“Moana” will be in theaters Thanksgiving 2016.
“Moana” will be in theaters Thanksgiving 2016.
“The Good Wife” has one of the best production design teams on television, so I was especially interested to read the interview my friend John Hanlon did with Beth Kushnick, set designer Beth Kushnick for The Credits. I loved the […]
Writer/director Nancy Meyers talks about getting the idea for “The Intern” and the title character played by Robert De Niro.
I loved the first season of “Black-ish” and am delighted that the first episode of its sophomore season is, if anything, even better. The youngest son in the family, Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), gets in trouble for using the n-word […]
We are delighted to present this exclusive behind the scenes clip from the DVD extras for the delightful Monkey Kingdom.
At a time when Jesus begins to understand that He is different from the other children, He turns to His parents for answers. But in trying to protect their child, Mary and Joseph are afraid to reveal all that they […]
One of my favorite critics interviewed Hollywood’s legendary producer, Roger Corman, for New York Magazine’s Vulture, and it is a treat to read. Corman is by many measures the most successful filmmaker of all time because he made ultra low-budget […]
Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Sarsgaard find the genius behind the madness of Bobby Fischer in the upcoming film, “Pawn Sacrifice,” from one of my favorite directors, Edward Zwick.
Neil Citron was the Musical Director for Ricki and The Flash starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Rick Springfield, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme. It was a lot of fun talking to him about helping Streep […]
And a special tribute to the late Eric “Eazy-E” Wright: And here is Fab Five Freddy back in the day taking to NWA for “Yo! MTV Raps” In the movie, we get a glimpse of the famous pool parties — […]
Ed Asner stars in this new film about a young man who finds a book at his grandmother’s memorial, with a series of fantastical tales that his grandfather wrote for his grandmother. Each is a different romantic fantasy about how […]
A fascinating look at what made Warner Brothers cartoons work. Surprisingly, within these anarchic worlds, there were a lot of rules. This video has some very thoughtful commentary, including Leonard Maltin and Steven Spielberg.
“Ant-Man” begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called “digital make-up.” New York Magazine’s Vulture […]
David Gordon Green has directed intimate, natural dramas (“George Washington,” “All the Real Girls”) and wild comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Eastbound and Down”). His new film, “Manglehorn,” is a gentle story with magical realism elements, starring Al Pacino as the title […]
Working with real-life paleontologist Jack Horner to create a very scary new dinosaur!
Here’s a great sneak peek inside “Jurassic World,” coming to theaters on June 12, 2015.
My beautiful and brilliant daughter, Rachel Apatoff, is a costume designer in Hollywood and she was interviewed on NPR today. A woman who worked with costume legends Edith Head and Bob Mackie was selling some of her possessions in a […]
On May 14, 2015, an Indiana Jones exhibit comes to Washington, D.C.’s National Geographic Museum. It is an immersive experience, exploring the science and history of field archeology, featuring iconic props and behind-the-scenes production materials, including: * A vast and […]
Real-life spouses Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega talk about robots for the “Spare Parts” DVD/Blu-Ray, available today.
The Smithsonian calls it a “reimagination of the movie-theater experience.” Its Arbus IMAX Theater at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum is one of only four theaters in the United States and the only one on the East coast to […]
Adam Sandler is currently filming “The Ridiculous Six,” reportedly a comic version of the classic Western “The Magnificent Seven.” According to Indian Country Today Media, a group of Native American actors walked off the set because they were offended by […]
The women’s clothes get all the attention, but for a costume designer — and for the actor — a suit is just as important. Indiewire spoke to costume designers about what the suits worn on “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Better Call […]
I had so much fun at last year’s Creativity Conference that I could not imagine how they could top it this year, but they succeeded. This is the third time the MPAA has teamed up with media and technology partners […]
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens May 1, 2015.
I am a big fan of former Disney studio head Dick Cook, and was delighted to hear that he will be heading up a new $150 million studio to make family movies. “Our mission will always be to provide the […]
Stephen Sondheim’s dark take on fairy tales, Into the Woods, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine, but equally important is the contribution from another superstar, three-time Oscar winning costume […]
In Disney’s animated version, Cinderella has some very handy mice to help sew her dress for the ball. The costumes for this week’s live-action version, designed by Sandy Powell, required the work of many, many humans. For the wedding dress […]
The last of the “Fast and Furious” series is coming and we have a sneak peek.
The Pick of the Week is a Disney animation classic: 101 Dalmatians, which has a gorgeous new Diamond edition. For some behind-the scenes info about the film, check this out.
Pure pleasure: Four great Disney artists, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Josh Meador, and Walt Peregoy, paint a tree. There’s a reason they call them actors with pencils. Or, just call them geniuses.
David Heyman was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the smartest people in Hollywood. It may be because he grabbed the rights to a children’s book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I enjoyed his latest movie, “Paddington,” […]
Susan Wloszczyna’s terrific series on women filmmakers for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists continues with a profile of Gail Anne Hurd, producer of films like “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” and television like “The Walking Dead.” Hurd has appeared on some […]
From this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy — it looks like as much fun to make as it was to watch!
Enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes of “Boyhood,” the remarkable film made over a 12-year period, as star Ellar Coltrane ages from six to eighteen. I am very proud that it was selected by our Washington Area Film Critics Association […]
Be sure to take a look at this wonderful tribute to Burr Tillstrom from my friend Bob Elisberg. Bob is a marvelous writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the best of popular entertainment. And in the early days of television, […]
Just ten more months until the next James Bond film! Daniel Craig will return as 007, and he will be joined by Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, along with “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott (Moriarty to Benedict Cumberbatch’s […]
One of the biggest films of the year is “Unbroken,” based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete whose airplane crashed into the Pacific in WWII. He survived for weeks in a lifeboat and then spent two […]
For a limited time only (and for educational purposes only) this year’s best screenplays are available for free download. This is a chance to read the work of greats like Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás […]
What a treat to see an oral history for one of my favorite films of all time, “The Right Stuff.” The story of the first astronauts in the early days of the space program, based on Tom Wolfe’s book, is […]
I am usually so busy taking notes when I am at a movie screening that I don’t have time to pay much attention to the score, but at “Horrible Bosses 2” I took a moment to scrawl “great music!” Not […]
Ever since he played Joseph in “The Nativity Story, I’ve been saying that Oscar Isaac should be a full-on movie star. He gave my favorite performance of last year as Llewyn Davis in the Coen Brothers movie “Inside Llewyn Davis,” […]
Fandango has a great interview with the stars of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” What was the toughest part for Jennifer Lawrence? Singing!
Costume designers are not a about pretty clothes or fashion. The one time Coco Chanel tried to design costumes for a film, her impeccable designs came across as flat and uninspired. Costumes are about creating the character and telling the […]
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Theory of Everything,” with comments from stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, director James Marsh, and Stephen Hawking himself.
Every element of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was really happening in front of the camera. Well, they didn’t actually go into space and explore other planets, but they did build every piece of equipment and they did seek out landscapes […]
Tonight was a special screening of “The Theory of Everything” and I was very lucky to be at the red carpet, with star Eddie Redmayne, who plays physicist Stephen Hawking, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Redmayne told me about the meticulous […]
Disney has announced “Toy Story 4,” coming from Pixar in 2017, to be directed by John Lasseter. Hurray for Pixar, and for Buzz and Woody! I’ll provide more details as they are announced.
We are delighted to have an exclusive peek at a behind-the-scenes bonus clip from Garfield’s Holiday Collection. You can see Jim Davis drawing Garfield, star of the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
Here is a fascinating glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s full-on performance as Smaug in “The Hobbit” series.
Fans of The Princess Bride, which means pretty much everyone, will love the new book from Cary Elwes (Westley), who takes us behind the scenes for the inside story of the making of the film, from his nervous audition (his imitation […]
The gorgeous Hollywood Costume exhibit that has been getting rave reviews and massive crowds at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is coming to Los Angeles, its final stop. The costumes will be on display from October 2, 2014 […]
In honor of the release of “The Boxtrolls” this week, I’m sharing some of the photos I took in July at Comic-Con, where I interviewed the cast and filmmakers and attended an “Eat Like a Boxtroll” lunch made up of […]
Patricia Clarkson plays a sometimes-outrageous and insensitive mother of adult children in “Last Weekend,” written and co-directed by Tom Dolby. I’m delighted to be able to share an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse. Here’s the trailer.
Watch how Pixar uses the colors of the rainbow to create a mood, tell a story, and delight the eye.
I’m delighted to share some of the behind-the-scenes artistry that went into LAIKA Studios’ “The Boxtrolls.” You can see some of what I found so enchanting on my visit to the studio last spring.
Brendan Gleeson gives a magnificent performance as a warm-hearted priest in a sad and damaged world in “Calvary,” opening next week across the country. Here’s an exclusive peek behind the scenes, featuring Gleeson and Director of the Pauline Center for […]
I have one copy of the wonderful soundtrack to give away! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with Levine in the subject line and tell me your favorite song of the summer. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only). I’ll […]
Day 2 of Comic-Con included: an interview with “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″ screenwriter Thunder Levin, a buggy lunch with Boxtrolls, press events with the directors and casts of four films, and appearing on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, where each attendee was […]
Here’s what’s at Comic-Con, which means here’s what’s coming everywhere else: affordable 3D printers with hand-held scanners that transmit 360 degree images to your tablet or laptop instantly. GoPro cameras. Google glasses. Even Oculus Rift, the totally immersive virtual reality […]
One of my favorite stops on our tour of LAIKA Studios to see the sets for “The Boxtrolls” was our visit with Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor for Puppet Fabrication. Is that the coolest job title ever or what? She described […]
Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“We Bought a Zoo,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) talks about inspiration in this latest in the terrific Academy Originals series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
More from my enchanting visit to LAIKA Studios to see the sets and meet the filmmakers for “The Boxtrolls,” the upcoming stop-motion film: The story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to […]
The video for Colbie Caillat’s new song, “Try,” from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. […]
Two intriguing new announcements about upcoming films: As the first trailer for his Moses epic is released, starring Christian Bale (and a lot of other actors who are not of Middle Eastern ethnicity), Ridley Scott has announced that he will […]
I’m excited to be able to share a secret I’ve been keeping since April. I got to cross a big item off my bucket list when I was invited to visit LAIKA Studios and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their […]
Mary Blair was the designer behind the look of Disney in the 1950’s. You can learn more about her at The Disney Family Museum’s exhibit, MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair. Blair’s joyful creativity―her eye-appealing designs and exuberant […]
In this short from the terrific Academy Originals series, Seth Rogen says that it is friendship that is at the center of the stories he likes to write. [Warning: Some strong language.] “Academy Originals” is AMPAS’s first original digital series. […]
Go behind the scenes with film critic Kevin Lee to see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” I love the way he incorporated the amateur videos made by fans as the big-budget studio film was […]
John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands were at the forefront of a revolution in cinema that led to a new era of naturalism in subject matter and performance. Cassavetes, best known as an actor for starring opposite Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s […]
Great news about three upcoming projects! * Pixar has announced that its summer 2015 release will be “Inside Out,” which takes place inside the mind of an 11 year old girl. Her emotions will be the characters: Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness […]
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of the new “Star Wars” film. Very exciting news!
The most mind-blowing scene in the blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is when the Quicksilver character played by Evan Peters stops time and rearranges everything from the trajectories of bullets seemingly suspended in air to the positions of the […]
I last talked to editor/composer John Ottman about “Jack the Giant Slayer” and loved hearing about his unique combination of roles, often working with his former classmate, director Bryan Singer. They collaborated again on X-Men: Days of Future Past and it […]
Mark Ciardi is an athlete turned producer who specializes in taking real-life sports stories that sound like Disney movies into actual Disney movies: “The Rookie” and “Miracle.” His latest is the Cinderella story “Million Dollar Arm” about sports agent J.B. […]
If you get invited to a conference on creativity featuring Vice President Joe Biden, 3D printers, President Fitzgerald Grant from “Scandal” (that’s actor/director Tony Goldwyn), a minion, and a chance to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones,” […]
I’m delighted to hear that Oscar Isaac, whose performance as the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was my favorite of 2013, will play a lead role in the new “Star Wars” movie. Also announced for the cast: the legendary […]
Two smart, shrewd, and very funny women have written books about their lives in show business. Judy Greer has played the heroine’s best friend in romantic comedies like “13 Going on 30,” “27 Dresses,” and “Love Happens.” She has made […]
I spoke with the humans behind the gorgeous new IMAX nature film, “Island of Lemurs 3D: Madagascar,” Drew Feldman (writer/producer), David Douglas (director/cinematographer), and Dr. Patricia Wright, about the challenges of making the film and the more daunting challenges of […]
IGN has a fascinating post about an important difference in the US and international versions of this week’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” As we remember, Cap was a WWII soldier whose abilities were enhanced in a special experimental program. He […]
Great news from Warners! According to a story in the New York times about studio executive Kevin Tsujihara, he has persuaded Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling to expand her “Fantastic Beasts” supplement to a three-movie series. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to […]
Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX 3D® documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Here’s an early peek at the film, coming soon to IMAX theaters across the country.
Esquire has a fascinating story about a short film called “Black Angel,” “created to accompany The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars‘ pioneering set decorator Roger Christian and a special request by the big man himself, […]
The fabulous museum and garden at Delaware’s Wintherthur is well worth a visit, especially now through January 4, 2015, when 40 costumes from Downton Abbey will be on display. It is a spectacular show, brilliantly displayed. It covers the real-life […]
One of the sharpest observers of the business of making movies is Anne Thompson, and I am very excited about her new book, The 1 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System. There […]
Just in case you were maybe sort of kind of thinking you didn’t need to order the DVD/Blu-Ray of Disney’s Frozen, here’s a glimpse of what you haven’t seen yet that you will want to watch many times. Here are […]
Jon Negroni just might get you to cry over “Toy Story” again. I love the post from Beliefnet’s former “Deacon’s Bench” blogger about the connection between the first shot of the original (Pixar’s first and the first-ever full-length feature film […]
“I just put on hand cream, so I can’t shake your hand,” Roma Downey said as I walked into the room. “You’ll just have to get a hug.” Fine with me! I was there to talk to Downey and her […]
The new film from quirky writer/director Wes Anderson is “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” with an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winners Adrian Brody and F. Murray Abraham, along with Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bob Balaban, and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and […]
Christopher Lennertz is one of Hollywood’s busiest composers. Lately, he has specialized in writing scores for comedies like Kevin Hart’s Ride Along, with two more big comedic projects later this year: Think Like A Man Too (with Ride Along director Tim Story) and Horrible Bosses 2. […]
Here’s a little glimpse behind the scenes. It looks like even more fun than you hope — playing with a 15-million brick set of LEGOs! Many thanks to Uproxx/Sploid/CG Meetup
I am a big fan of Disney’s The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally overseen by Walt Disney. Tomorrow, a gorgeous new Diamond Edition will be released, and so I got a chance to talk to one of the […]
David Foster Wallace was the brilliant writer who struggled with depression and committed suicide in 2008 at age 46. Jason Segal will play Wallace in an upcoming film called “The End of the Tour,” with Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone […]
I am thrilled to be able to share with you exclusive excerpts from one of the best books ever to take you behind the scenes in film production — The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a […]
This remarkable footage shows some of the special effects used to create the fabulous visuals of Jordan Belfort’s over-the-top world in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
James Udel is the author of a magnificent new book, The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist. He goes behind the scenes, interviewing ten people who created movie magic […]
The 90-year-old lovebirds Morty and Lee are adorable, but this new couple, the Rukavinas, is even more heartwarming. Zack Rukavina is from South Dakota. He lost part of his arm to cancer. If he looks familiar, you may have seen […]
The actor who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy has been tweeting his utterly charming backstage photos of everything from a birthday celebration for Alec Guinness to, yes, Carrie Fisher and her stand-in wearing the harem outfit. Be […]
Thanks to Slate’s Aisha Harris for finding this great Tumblr about the code used in movies and on television. Most of us are, you know, paying attention to the characters and storyline, but some people can do that and look at […]
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has some fascinating interviews with the screenwriters behind some of the year’s best films, “Fruitvale Station,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Philomena,” “The Butler,” “Iron Man 3,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Before Midnight,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Saving […]
I love behind the scenes glimpses of the unsung heroes of film-making like The Hollywood Reporter’s great look at five costume designers who worked on some of the biggest films of the year. Costume designers do much more than create […]
Disney is planning something called “The Descendants.” In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His […]
A conversation between legendary composer Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks) about writing songs for Mary Poppins.
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For most of this story, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) are on opposite sides. He has been trying for twenty years to persuade her to let him make a movie based on her books about the […]
Walt Disney Studios is celebrating its new film about its own history with Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book. Walt Disney spent 20 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie based […]
Some sharp-eyed fans have spotted Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene in “Frozen!“
Mary Baratta Lorton was a pioneering teacher whose revolutionary ideas about making learning more accessible and involving transformed nearly every classroom in America in the 1970’s. Her books included Mathematics Their Way. Tragically, she was murdered. The killer was never found. Her […]
I always love talking to Mark Henn, one of the top animators in Disney history. Previously, we spoke about young Simba in The Lion King and the most recent Winnie the Pooh. This week, we talked about the adorable snowman character, […]
One of the most quotable movies of all time, “The Princess Bride,” is being developed as a play. It was originally a book by Oscar-winner William Goldman, then the beloved movie with Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Peter […]
Following an extraordinary evening presenting the film at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, with survivors in the audience, some of the people behind “The Book Thief” sat down for an interview. Director Brian Percival, who introduced the film, joined stars Sophie […]
The NY Times’ terrific Anatomy of a Scene series has director Brian Percival explain a key scene in “The Book Thief,” including the off-camera operation of puffs of smoke inside the jacket of the main character after she rescues a […]
Moviefone has a long-lost deleted scene from “Return of the Jedi” that would have changed the way we look at the Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. “Obi-Wan would have told you long ago had I let him.” Why do […]
December 18, 2015 — just a little more than two years away! Stay tuned for updates on casting and more.
Two of the deleted scenes:
Remember Harold the Merman? No, you don’t, because he was dropped from “The Little Mermaid.” But you can see why writer/directors Ron Clements and John Musker were so devoted to him in one of the delicious extras on this week’s […]
In movie world, ideas seem to percolate in different places at the same time. A while back, the number nine showed up in four titles at once. And right now, the always-popular word “paradise” seems to be having a particular moment. […]
The 3D release of “The Wizard of Oz” inspired Susan Wloszczyna to write about some surprising facts, updates, and behind the scenes information about the film. Does that “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” voice in “If I Only Had a Heart” […]
Stuart Blumberg wrote or co-wrote some of my favorite films, including “Keeping the Faith” and “The Kids are All Right.” His new film is “Thanks for Sharing,” with Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Pink (billed as Alecia Moore) […]
E.L. James’ erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey is soon to be a movie, starring Dakota Johnson as literature student Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as billionaire Christian Grey. The book began as “Twilight” fan fiction and with its two sequels has […]
Can it be 10 years since “School of Rock?” Jack Black and the kids got together for a reunion.
Director J.J. Abrams is getting ready to begin filming of the next cycle of “Star Wars” movies. And every studio and location in the world — literally — wants to host them. Variety quotes Albuquerque Studios president Gary Arnold: “Every […]
The Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson was attending the premiere of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Director Harald Zwart was so impressed with the score that he offered Örvarsson the job of creating the score for his new project, a film based on […]
I’m delighted to be participating in the classic movie blogathon about great film duos. My choice is Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis, who co-starred in two classics, “The Old Maid” and “Old Acquaintance.” They were natural opposites, and their battles […]
Be sure to check out my gallery about the history of the Lone Ranger (Did you know he’s the Green Hornet’s uncle? Can you name Tonto’s horse? How did he get his name? Why does he use silver bullets?) as […]
Sunday’s Washington Post and New York Times had two marvelous tributes to the people (mostly women) whose voices are all around us but whose names and faces we do not know. The magnificent new documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” opens […]
It was a great treat to talk with Gaelle Cohen, the French fencing champion turned stunt woman behind some of the movies’ most remarkable action scenes. She told me the unexpected extra challenge faced by a woman doing stunts and […]
Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her first starring role in “Roman Holiday,” with gowns designed by Edith Head. I loved this segment from the early days of television that takes us behind the scenes of creating the costumes for […]
One of the films I’ve most enjoyed this year is the Sundance charmer, “The Kings of Summer,” the story of three teenage boys who run away from home to live in a house they built in the woods. I’ll be […]
This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: · Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]
I love the work of Carter Goodrich, an artist and illustrator who has worked on films like “Despicable Me” and “Hotel Transylvania.” I was delighted to see that he has made his sketches for this week’s release, “The Croods,” available […]
One of my favorite Disney movies is out in a glorious new Blu-Ray/DVD release this week, Mulan and its sequel, Mulan II. “Mulan” is a gorgeously hand-animated film based on a traditional Chinese folktale about a girl who dresses as […]
“The Music Man” is my all-time favorite musical, so I was especially intrigued by this great blog post by Bob Elisberg about the “lost song” from the show. It is hard to imagine that a musical that seems so organically […]
The LA Times has a great article by Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of casting actors in period movies because of changing body types and choices. With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the […]
The New York Times has a very sweet article about how the most successful director in Hollywood acts as a sort of fairy godfather to other directors, giving them advice about cinematic storytelling. Mr. Spielberg, 66, is considered the most […]
On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves. Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]
Yesterday Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), spoke at the National Press Club, which prepared movie poster cookies in his honor. As a member of the club who writes about movies, I was invited to […]
Ever since last summer at Comic-Con, I have been looking forward to the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” with James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis. Here’s a sneak peek.
Tonight only, fans can get a VIP first-look at favorite scenes from “Safe Haven,” the new movie based on the best-seller by Nicholas Sparks. Moderated by Maria Menounos with Sparks, stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck […]
Cracked has a marvelously entertaining compilation of six very popular locations that have appeared in a wild variety of films. Look at the cafe that appears in “Seinfeld” AND “Training Day” to the grand home that is a setting for […]
It seems like something from “The Jetsons,” but according to The Creators Project, these new technologies will help us literally see and make movies in new ways very soon, including 3D without glasses, laser projection for sharper, more high-contrast images, […]
Look at all that went into creating this amazing shot from “The Avengers.”
Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” returns to theaters this week in 3D.
The new issue of Vanity Fair is all about comedy, with guest editor Judd Apatow presiding. I especially enjoyed the interview with the deliriously nutty and all-around nice guy Martin Short and the conversation with comedy legends Mike Nichols and […]
Julie Locke‘s two-year-old son Dax was critically ill with cancer. He loved Christmas lights, so although it was only October, she put them up. When their neighbors found out why the Lockes had Christmas decorations up before Halloween, they came […]
The Globe and Mail has a great tribute to Dame Judi Dench, who appears as M in “Skyfall.” There was Judi Dench in her seventh outing as M, James Bond’s boss, the head of MI6, looking like a woman […]
The 1984 version of “Red Dawn,” starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, had a high school football team defending their town from Communist invading forces. The bad guys were a reflection of the Reagan era: the Soviet Union, Cuba, and […]
The first rumor following the Disney purchase of Lucasfilms is that the screenplay for the new “Star Wars” movie scheduled for 2015 could be written by Michael Arndt, who wrote “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3.” He would be […]
I live near the CIA, so I got a special kick out of seeing our local dry cleaner featured in a brief scene in “Argo.” The building and sign haven’t changed since the 70’s, so it was a perfect touch […]
The Paper Chase, the story of a student’s first year at Harvard Law School and his rocky relationship with a demanding teacher, was released in 1973. The fiercely Socratic law professor was played by John Houseman (at one time producer of […]
I’m quite taken with a Tumblr called FILMography. @moloknee seeks out movie locations and takes a picture that matches up with the scene in the movie. You can search by title, location, actor, or year. Try Times Square or Central […]
It was a thrill to attend the glamorous opening night of the Angelika Mosaic and see one of the fall’s most eagerly anticipated releases, “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” in one of their state-of-the art theaters, with impeccable projection and sound. […]
The Motion Picture Association has a fabulous new website called The Credits with trailers, features, and background information about movies and the people who make them. You can watch an interview with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and The Up Series director Michael […]
Because I go to movies almost every weeknight, I don’t get to watch much series television, so I was late to catch on to “Big Bang Theory.” But once it went into syndication, I had a chance to catch up […]
The Washington Post reports that a new movie called “The Beauty Inside” will invite the audience to become part of the film. Computer chip giant Intel is teaming up with Toshiba to give aspiring actors an opportunity to star in […]
The New York Times convened a panel of women who work in Hollywood to talk about the barriers they face. For the top 250 domestic films of 2011, only 18 percent of behind-the-camera positions, including producer and director, were held by women. […]
One of my favorite of the Slate “Spoiler Specials” (podcast discussions designed to be heard after you have seen the film, so they can discuss spoilers) was when Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discussed the remake of “The Karate Kid.” […]
We can all name at least a few of the movies in the top 10 box office winners of all time. But not many people know that the rec0rd-holder for the lowest ticket revenues of all time is “Zyzzyx Road,” […]
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One of the greatest pleasures of costume drama is, of course, the costumes. Stories set in different places and times invite us into their world and tell us about their characters through the details and artistry of the wardrobe. Whether […]
One of the most popular attractions at Comic-Con was the collection of Batmobiles parked across the street from the convention center. A new book Batmobile: The Complete History and documentary pay tribute to the cool cars driven by Batman over […]
If they’re going to make the same movie, why not ask the same questions? Movieline went for it — with a side-by-side comparison showing the responses by the directors and stars of “Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” to the same […]
Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: Wall•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to ,Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo […]
I love Pixar’s new movie, “Brave,” and it was a thrill to be able to talk to the producer, Katherine Sarafian, who told me what she learned from her trip to Scotland, what it meant to have a female lead […]
“Brave” opens on June 22.
The producers of Space Command have launched a worldwide talent search for lead actors in their groundbreaking grassroots film series. Sci-fi luminaries Marc Zicree (Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5) and Doug Drexler (Star Trek: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, […]
Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game is the story of a gifted child who is taken from his family at age 6 so that he can be trained to lead the Earth’s military forces against “bugger” aliens who have twice attacked […]
James MacAvoy (“X-Men: First Class”) and Jessica Chastain (“Tree of Life”) will star in not one but two new movies. This will not be an original and a sequel. This will be two movies telling the same story about a […]
The International Children’s Media Center is helping produce a children’s movie in the Andes. They are raising money on Kickstarter to make a film called “Eduin and the Golden Scepter of the Incas.” You can help make a magical children’s […]
Mark Linfield is the co-producer and co-director of DisneyNature’s Earth Day release, “Chimpanzee.” I talked to him about some of the challenges of filming in the rainforest and how scientists who had been following the chimps for years saw things […]
Meryl Streep narrates “To the Arctic,” which takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Did you know that all ticket receipts for the first two weeks go to the movie studio? That’s why the food at movie theaters is so outrageously expensive. And why they tell you the movie is starting earlier than it […]
It is hard to imagine a more explosive combination than Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas. Both are famously volatile and outspoken. Mel Gibson is a devout Catholic, an actor, writer, and director whose many appearances in the tabloids have included […]
Zac Efron stars in “The Lucky One,” opening April 20.
Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter tour in London gives fans a chance to explore the enchanting sets where the eight Harry Potter films were made. And they can now live out their fantasy in a luxurious apartment in the rafters of […]
Exciting movie news! Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are in talks to appear in a new movie about Walt Disney’s efforts over 14 years to persuade “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie about the […]
Thanks to my pal Brandon Fibbs for sharing the story. James Cameron decided not to pull a “Han shot first” George Lucas move and make any tweaks to “Titanic” for the 3D re-release. Except for one change. There is one […]
“Act of Valor” features active duty Navy SEALS re-enacting some of their most dangerous missions. The situations are fictional, but the tactics and operations are real. So is the ammunition. Instead of blanks and squibs, the SEALS used live ammo, […]
The stirring words of the great Native American leader Tecumseh are movingly read in this week’s release featuring active duty Navy Seals. Here they are: So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble […]
One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year is “The Hunger Games,” based on the international blockbuster trilogy about a dystopian world in which teenagers compete in a deadly reality show. The stars of the movie are going […]
In honor of the release of Disney’s Diamond edition of the classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” here is a glimpse behind the scenes:
Dr. Roscoe Brown, who flew planes as one of the heroic WWII Tuskegee Airmen, a black man defending a country still cruelly segregated, fighting in one of the most honored military divisions in American history, saw a film made about […]
Meryl Streep Calls for More Women Film Critics
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Big Stone Gap
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Mr. Peabody to Appear on Jeopardy!
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Exclusive Clip: Romantic Comedy "You Cast a Spell on Me"
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