Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

It was the eyes that drew Denis Villeneuve to "Dune." 

Long before he'd decided to become a filmmaker, he was just a teenager browsing a bookstore when he spotted the cover of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel. But it wasn't a hard sell for the biology obsessed 14-year-old who had already...

Friday, Sep. 3, 2021

A change of heart and mind--from a writer-director and a real-life person integral to the actual story--ultimately brought to fruition Laetitia, a six-episode French limited drama series. HBO recently acquired the North American television and streaming rights to the series from France...

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Just as surely as climate change is scarring the land and warming the seas, it is also flooding our movies. 

The planet's imperiled future has been in the DNA of disaster movies like "The Day After Tomorrow" for years, of course. But lately, climate has taken a more leading role in films...

Thursday, Jul. 29, 2021

Could a scoundrel DC Comics character like Peacemaker ever be on the same level as Superman? How about Polka-Dot Man? Or Ratcatcher? 

The man who made Rocket Racoon, Groot and Star-Lord household names thinks so. James Gunn can't help it: He loves an outsider. It's the reason why when...

Sunday, Jul. 18, 2021

"Black Widow" ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad.

LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros.' "Space Jam: A New Legacy"  defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates...

Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

During the pandemic, Steven Soderbergh has shot two feature films, released a pair of movies, written a sequel to his first film (1989's "Sex, Lies and Videotape"), re-edited some of his older movies (mostly for fun) and co-produced the Academy Awards. 

It's an amount of accomplishment...

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021

As a student at Wesleyan, Lin-Manuel Miranda began writing what would become "In the Heights," the musical that would launch him as a playwright and performer and that would lead, two decades later, to Jon M. Chu's upcoming lavish big-screen adaptation. He was motivated, like any confident young...

Sunday, Jun. 6, 2021

The domestic box office is getting back to normal, with moderate wins and sizable second weekend drops. After its triumphant first weekend, "A Quiet Place Part II" fell 59% at the North American box office leaving room for the third movie in the "Conjuring" franchise to take first place. Warner...

Friday, May. 21, 2021

In some respects, the road to Sara K White’s first nomination for an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Excellence in Production Design Award went through The Wilds. That was the title of an Amazon series for which White production designed the pilot, marking her first collaboration with...

Monday, May. 17, 2021

The merger of Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia operations, marrying the likes of HBO and CNN with HGTV and Oprah Winfrey, is another illustration of the head-spinning speed in which streaming has transformed the media world.

The companies are essentially placing a $43 billion bet that...

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