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LOOK: Katniss Everdeen Dons Jaw-Dropping Gown

Posted 03.07.2013 | Weddings

Katniss Everdeen: most fashionable movie bride ever? In a newly-released poster for "Catching Fire," the second book-to-movie adaptation in the "Hu...

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

Anne M. Strick | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

What does a bookkeeper or accountant do on a movie? "Essentially", says Michael Menzies -- veteran of such movies as Conan The Destroyer and Body of Evidence -- "my job is to work with the film's producer and the studio to create the budget. And then simply help them stick to it."

Lesley Arfin, Staff Writer on Girls, Talks Nudity, Body Image and the Creative Courage of Lena Dunham

Brad Listi | Posted 04.29.2013 | TV
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 151, a revealing conversation with Lesley Arfin, a staff writer on the first two seasons of the hit television show Girls, starring Lena Dunham, as well as the MTV series Awkward.

Box Office-Based Financing

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Schuyler M. Moore

In its infinite wisdom, Congress excluded box office futures from being traded on a publicly traded exchange as "commodities," putting them in a rarefied league with the only other prohibited item, namely onions, a relic of onion grower hysteria in the 1950s.

What I Did During The Oscars

Eliza Hurwitz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Comedy
Eliza Hurwitz

Here's to the Academy Awards, or as I like to call it, a Sunday night in February where for once, I didn't regret eating all those carbs.

6 Vital Lesson I Learned About Life While Writing Thousands of Jokes for TV

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Because writing for TV is not science, anyone who tells you anything about the quality or the potential for your written material's success -- no matter how confident they sound, successful they are or if they have J. Woww on speed dial -- is just taking a guess.

Why Lena Dunham's 'N-Word' Response Isn't Good Enough

Zeba Blay | Posted 04.26.2013 | Black Voices
Zeba Blay

When Dunham said Lampanelli's comments made her "uncomfortable," was she actually referring to the fact that frank discussion about race makes her uncomfortable?

Pressing Questions for the Two Guys Who Count the Oscar Ballots

Vanity Fair | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

by John Lopez, Vanity Fair PricewaterhouseCoopers's Rick Rosas and Brad Oltmanns are two individuals who take the Oscars more seriously than probably...

Let's Stop Glorifying War

William Astore | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
William Astore

War should never be debated in the abstract; it's only at our own peril when we reduce it to mindless entertainment. We must always remember how hideous the face of war can be, and how pitiless it is to those caught in its path of destruction.

Who Is the Most Accomplished Film Director of All Time?

Quora | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Ken Miyamoto, Screenwriter Without any hesitation or doubt, the best example in my opinion i...

Move Over Sopranos, There's a Tenor in New Jersey

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts
Gregory G. Allen

The play definitely has the feel of witnessing something from years gone by, when famous comedic teams head-lined the stage and screen and physical humor was the rage. It is no wonder theater companies turn to this show instead of pulling out an old chestnut when looking to add a farce to their line-up.

Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey: Moral Hero

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.23.2013 | TV
Carla Seaquist

Invariably, if a matter of moral import were at issue, Matthew could be counted on to do the right thing, put it right. In a word, Matthew was a mensch.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Vote Now in the Workplace Oscars!

James Napoli | Posted 04.22.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Why not vote in a contest in which you might have a little more personal experience with the nominees? It's time to weigh in on the people you work with and how many of them deserve these dubious distinctions!

The Visual Effects (VFX) Paradox

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
John Tarnoff

How can it be that almost every movie (and every big-grossing movie!) out there is VFX-driven, and yet one of the top companies in the industry has to file Chapter 11?

Countdown to Admission: The Movie

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

The countdown to college admission is filled with anxiety. As a parent, I've been through it with both of my children and lived to tell about it. In f...

9 Best Picture Themed Recipes For Oscar Night

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 04.17.2013 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

In 2013, the best picture list is full of fun cuisines and themes to play up.

Stage Review: The Snake Can

Brad Schreiber | Posted 04.16.2013 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

While the playwright gets in a goodly share of heartfelt exchanges and bon mots from her characters, we are exhausted at the end by the "niceness" of the work's generally tepid dramatic and comedic choices.

More Oscar Experts Dump Jennifer Lawrence for Emmanuelle Riva in Best Actress Race

Tom O'Neil | Posted 04.15.2013 | Entertainment
Tom O'Neil

Two leading Oscar pundits just added new drama to the Best Actress race: they ditched Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) for Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), who recently pulled off an upset at the BAFTA Awards.

Why I Don't Watch That Show Anymore: A Viewer's Perspective

Jill Knapp | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Knapp

I watch a lot of television. A lot. Having said that, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of narrowing down what I love about a show, and what I really wish I could stop seeing. In my humble opinion, these are the top five mistakes that I believe make an otherwise good show, start to go stale.

Mel Brooks on Immortality, His Inspiration for The Producers, and the Racial Joke Left Out of Blazing Saddles

Vanity Fair | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

By Mike Sacks, Vanity Fair Although responsible for such comedy classics as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs, not to mention 2001'...

Actor Robert Patrick Talks Guns, Films and Troops

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

Actor Robert Patrick is best known as a tough guy in TV shows and films. But he's a softie when discussing our nation's soldiers and his involvement with the USO.

NBC's Peacock Gets Plucked

Stu Kreisman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Media
Stu Kreisman

I used to be proud to work for NBC. The peacock network stood for quality. Now it's just a joke.

Napoleon Dynamited on Its Own Petard

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 02.08.2013 | Entertainment
Schuyler M. Moore

When the film ended up being a sleeper hit, the participants felt that they were badly shortchanged, and they sued Searchlight for what they thought they were owed.

Netflix or Heinz Ketchup?

Michael K. Powell | Posted 04.09.2013 | Technology
Michael K. Powell

Last week, Netflix launched the entire season of House of Cards. Some admirers of the strategy breathlessly insist it marks the end of traditional cable networks. While that viewpoint is fanciful, this kind of experimentation simply shows a healthy marketplace that is always looking for the next big thing.

On Wormholes

Michael Molina | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Michael Molina

To escape this excruciating task of spending time with reality, we turn to dregs. Many dregs are portals to alternate universes, where, like in the best science fiction, only one small change to our world produces a new and exciting frontier.