• Netflix May 11, 2019

    Alongside Cannes Mainstays, Fresh Faces Try to Stand Out

    Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set “Atlantics” had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegalese heritage, is the first black woman in competition for Cannes’ top honor, the Palme d’Or. The 72nd Cannes Film Festival, which opens Tuesday will feature a lot of familiar...

  • DIRECTOR Mar 30, 2019

    Agnes Varda, French New Wave Pioneer, Dies at 90

    Agnes Varda, the French New Wave pioneer who for decades beguiled, challenged and charmed moviegoers in films that inspired generations of filmmakers, has died. She was 90. Varda’s production company, Cine-Tamaris, said Varda died early morning Friday at her home in Paris from cancer.

  • DIRECTOR May 12, 2018

    82 Women Walk the Red Carpet in Cannes Film Fest Protest

    Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry. The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    'Get Out' Wins for Best Film, Director at Spirit Awards

    Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won best film and best director on Saturday at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards, a day before the horror sensation will vie for top honors at the Academy Awards. The wins for Peele’s directorial debut gave the Spirits, a celebration of indie filmmaking, something unusual: a box-office behemoth. Made for just $4.5 million, “Get Out”...

  • DIRECTOR Mar 19, 2018

    Emma Stone, Viola Davis Help Fete Female Oscar Nominees

    Viola Davis is good in a pinch. Last year’s best supporting actress Oscar-winner was sipping champagne at the annual Women in Film pre-Oscar cocktail event Friday night when the organization’s president, Cathy Schulman, herself an Oscar-winner for “Crash,” asked Davis if she could give a few remarks.

  • comedian Feb 6, 2018

    Jokes, and Selfies With Kobe Bryant, at Oscar Nominees Lunch

    The Oscar nominees’ luncheon is like an exclusive clubhouse where every member is an outstanding artist and film super-fan....
    So the production designer of “The Shape of Water” is free to geek out over meeting Mary J. Blige, who herself shared a moment with Gary Oldman....
    Actresses Sally Hawkins embraced Margot Robbie while Greta Gerwig chatted with Meryl Streep. Jordan Peele talked...

  • California Nov 12, 2017

    No Word of Sex Scandal at 1st Oscar Celebration of Season

    Filmmaker Agnes Varda danced with Angelina Jolie. Donald Sutherland wanted to thank the characters he’s played. Writer-director Charles Burnett said getting an Oscar eases the sting of a teacher’s heartless words decades ago. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dedicated his award to immigrants worldwide. And cinematographer Owen Roizman was moved to tears at the film academy’s ninth annual Governors...

  • DIRECTOR Nov 8, 2017

    After Bright Career, Donald Sutherland Finally Nabs an Oscar

    For every era of film in the last half-century, there’s a memorable Donald Sutherland role. Whether it’s his breakthrough performance in “The Dirty Dozen,” his portrayal of demented arsonist in “Backdraft” or playing a ruthless president in “The Hunger Games” films, Sutherland’s career spans roughly 140 films in every genre, his performances tinged with wit, charm, and often a hint...

  • Professor Nov 8, 2017

    Female Directors are Ready to Topple an Ignoble Oscar Stat

    Four. It’s one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That’s how many women have been nominated for best director in the awards’ 89 years of existence. Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010, is the only woman to win. “I have to say it really bums me out,” says Greta Gerwig, whose solo directorial debut, “Lady...

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