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.
On the "Boardwalk Empire" team, helmer Tim Van Patten bats leadoff and cleanup, since he's handed all the opening and final episodes. Exec producer Martin Scorsese threw out the first pitch with the…
For his first foray into longform TV, bigscreen master David Fincher established the "House" style in its first two episodes in close collaboration with the American theater's best.
In 1963, Emmy nominations for writing and helming went to lawyer and doctor shows; a Western about a crooked poker game; a bittersweet romance; and a stage play starring Trevor Howard as Disraeli…