This year the Best Picture category gave me a lot of regional things to work with.
Oscar speeches and spirituality? Confession is good for the soul. At the annual awards, five little words set my teeth on edge, "And I want to thank," followed by the long, obligatory list of industry insiders. Just once I'd love to see someone get real about gratitude.
In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?
It's Oscar-time, when the rest of the the world longs for life in Southern California. You can explore all the riches of life here before you settle in for the big show -- take in some inventive theater, see a world-class painting before it leaves town and travel the exotic Silk Road with your family.
Here are 21 Oscar 'firsts' you probably didn't know about.
A record 75 countries entered the foreign language category this year, and a record 16 submitted films directed by women. I saw 70 of the 75 entries. Here are my comments on the five nominees, as well some non-nominees that I consider noteworthy.
Here it is, a full nine course feast, with each course inspired by one of the 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees.
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by film, television, stage actor and co-star of The Blacklist, Harry Lennix.
This year's Oscar contenders are ripe for parody -- from Wolf of Wall Street with actual wolves to turning Her into Him starring "Seth Rogen." The ...
Honesty, integrity and openness have to be at the center of efforts to improve lives for citizens all over the globe. That's why the Accountability Lab and ONE Campaign have teamed up on the Honesty Oscars this week.
This year the top movies reflect the hopes, fears, and obsessions of their audiences, and so they offer us a chance to reflect on what these films can teach us. As our opening images suggest, one of the primary themes of our current films is one of our current dilemmas: Why do we feel so alone in a world in which it is possible to be connected 24/7?
There's never a shortage of awesome events in Los Angeles, but as spring time approaches the roster of fun and exciting things to do in LA grows expon...
Once again it's the Oscars' time to be in the world spotlight. In my youth I worked in Hollywood's motion picture industry and was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
12 Years a Slave closed down 2013 as the most powerful movie of the year, a movie that continues to speak to us today. It told the tales in history of...
It is our unwavering belief that when Hollywood honors an artist's achievement in film, it is also and unequivocally honoring that artist as an individual. And while we are all for celebrating and recognizing good art, we think it is far more important to take a stand against sexual violence.