At its fiercest, Ayad Akhtar's "The Who & the What" bares some of the same teeth as his riveting, 2013 Pulitzer-copping "Disgraced." Both explore Pakistani-American tensions arising from clashes with…
Marriage and the movies have a healthy long-term relationship. But they're usually divorced. 2013's nominated screenplays support film historian Jeanine Basinger's thesis, in her breakthrough study…
When a young Paul Mazursky blazed onto the screen playing a vicious delinquent in the revolutionary "Blackboard Jungle," no one could have anticipated he would carve further trails during a…
What a difference a year makes. 2012's best picture nominees tended to look on the salvageable side of life. "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Life of Pi," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and certainly…
What should Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch be wary of on their merry-go-round ride through the film business, as they reach for the brass ring of success and acclaim?
Stars and scribes are in bed together. And as current award contenders illustrate, nobody's sleeping with the enemy.
Bill Condon has reworked "Side Show," the 1997 tuner succes d'estime — translation, floppo with cult status — into a handsome production that will follow its bow at the La Jolla Playhouse with a…
Attention, Hollywood Boulevard drivers. The AFI Fest presented by Audi will likely tie up the blocks around the Chinese Theater even worse than usual.
This week's opening night tribute to the Toronto Film Festival's chief cheerleader, the late Roger Ebert, will beg a key question: Can anyone fill his shoes? No other critic ever possessed the…
David Mamet, nominated for both writing and directing "Phil Spector" for HBO, initially resisted examining the wacky recording magnate to be played by Al Pacino. "I went kicking and screaming, the…
At first glance, this year's slate of laffer helmers seems to be a distinctly modern bunch.