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Popcorn Preview: Saving Mr. Banks

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Cast includes: Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Annie Rose B...

Popcorn Preview: Nebraska

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Nebraska (2013) Cast includes: Bruce Dern (Monster, Django Unchained), Will Forte (MacGruber), June Squibb (About Schmidt), Bob Odenkirk (Breaki...

Leading Lights, Worldly Issues Headline Mill Valley Film Festival

Dan Siegel | Posted 11.12.2013 | San Francisco
Dan Siegel

The annual Marin film fest, in its 36th year, will feature early peaks at Oscar contenders, award nights to rising and veteran stars and storytellers and compelling features and documentaries of social significance.

10 Famous Movie Characters You'd Like to Drink With

Liquor.com | Posted 09.05.2013 | Taste
Liquor.com

From James Bond to Frank the Tanks, movie characters we'd love to drink with.

Raising a Greek Cinema Paradiso

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen.

My Movie Bucket List: Talky Films

Rachel DeChiara | Posted 11.14.2012 | Teen
Rachel DeChiara

I've never been one to have the patience for movies about people. You know the ones I'm talking about: no action or no real plot... just all character development.

Virginia Madsen: 'In Your 40s You're Free...In Your 50s You Fly"

Posted 06.28.2012 | Fifty

When you're 35, you need to figure out what kind of 50-year-old you want to be. Now that I'm 50, I'm thinking about what kind of 70-year-old I want to be.

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part II)

Rex Pickett | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I had never experienced "writer's block" in my entire life. If an idea -- screenplay or novel -- wasn't working, I just abandoned it and started on something else.

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part I)

Rex Pickett | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I have made a couple horrible, irremediable decisions in my life, but this decision to accept the writing of The Road Back for Knopf would go down as the worst I have ever made.

Bad Break For Bryan Cranston

The Huffington Post | Michael Hogan | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment

Bryan Cranston tried out for a role in Alexander Payne's next project, the road-trip movie "Nebraska," but probably won't get the role, the director t...

The 'Sideways' Publishing Saga -- The St. Martin's Press Nightmare (Part I)

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I started to believe I had written a dreadful book, that Sideways was unpublishable. Then I got a call informing me that St. Martin's Press had offered $5,000.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part III: Whiplash; Dismay!

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

The Academy Awards hold a special place in my heart. I'm somehow miraculously behind two Oscars: the Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways (based on my novel of the same title) and the writer of the 2000 Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part II: Exultation

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.04.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

A year after Sideways had been pulled for submission, and the film industry had turned a deaf ear to two guys who go wine tasting in then little known Santa Ynez Valley, my life was in tatters.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part I: Rejection

Rex Pickett | Posted 03.28.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

In this post I will be specifically addressing what happened Sideways in the publishing world. My story, especially for aspiring authors, is not for the faint of heart.

It's the End of the Word as We Know It

Rex Pickett | Posted 03.24.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

You would think with a publishing contract, a high-powered agent, a movie in the works, that I was the most grateful writer on the planet. I was... and then I wasn't.

The Descendants: A Paint-By-Number Masterpiece

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.18.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

As one of the character puts it, "This is a unique and dramatic situation." But to the audience, The Descendants is simply about saying good-bye.

Movie Review: The Descendants -- The Year's Best Film

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll say it flat out -- Alexander Payne's new film, The Descendants, is my favorite of the year, a movie that manages to be heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday 9.13.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My hunch about skipping the opening weekend of this year's Toronto International Film Festival has paid off, in more ways than one. Mostly, however, ...

The Dirtiest Scenes In Film History

Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment

Movies, in many ways, are about fulfilling our wishes and seeing our fantasies lived out on screen. Sometimes, it's being a sports hero or brave soldi...

Talking with Eliza Wing of Sideways

Jeff Rivera | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology
Jeff Rivera

Digital technology has brought about a whole new world for book publishing and magazine publishers. Some say it is a world of trouble, others say a wo...

5 Movies That Made Me Fall In Love... Again

Laura Dave | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Laura Dave

I thought of this old joke: This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much how I feel about relationships; they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, but I guess we keep going through it because most of us... need the eggs.

WATCH: 15 Movies That Are Better Than The Book

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The book is so much better than the movie. We've all said it, we've all heard it. And we all think it's always true, that the book is better than the ...

HuffPost Review: Don McKay

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thomas Haden Church is one of those under-utilized treasures of cinema who only recently has started to get the kinds of roles he deserves.

The Most Important Moment From This Week's Lost

Rob Cohen | Posted 02.10.2010 | Comedy
Rob Cohen

The most important moment in the episode, for me, also involved Kate, but in the Island world.

Astoria Characters: The Out-of-the-Box Actor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Since July, the world has been watching with delicious delight as Michael Cyril Creighton stuffs his face with Bakeway cupcakes on Jack in a Box, the comedy series he created for YouTube.