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Cinematic Ukraine: Getting Ready for the 5th Odessa International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

There is no better time for a film festival in Ukraine, even if it would appear to be during such a volatile moment in the country's history.

Philomena

Jill Robinson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Philomena was produced by Gabrielle Tana and a team of brave people who adapted Philomena Lee's true story from the book by Martin Sixsmith. The scree...

Anticipating the Golden Globes: One High Tea and Two Lunches

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When a fan tells him she's tongue tied, Martin Scorsese becomes wildly animated: "Why? You don't need to be. It's just me," and gives her a hug. You c...

Christopher Rosen

Steve Coogan Thinks The Pope Might Like 'Philomena'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Thanks in part to the New York Post's Kyle Smith, Stephen Frears' fact-based new film, "Philomena," has become the most unlikely controversial movie o...

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

Christopher Rosen

This Man Wrote One Of Your Favorite Film Scores

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Composer Alexandre Desplat may not have the same name recognition to mainstream audiences as Hans Zimmer, but his body of work speaks for itself. The ...

Popcorn Preview: Philomena

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Philomena (2013) Cast includes: Judi Dench (Skyfall), Steve Coogan (The Trip), Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark S...

Dench and Coogan in Philomena: Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh

Caryn James | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Caryn James

If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journalist along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind the warm, lovely Philomena.

Movie Review: Philomena

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.

This Guy Really Wants The Pope To See His Movie

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 10.31.2013 | Entertainment

VENICE, Italy — Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, `'Philomena," the true story of a shamed Irish woman f...

Another Lance Armstrong Biopic Nails Down Lead

Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment

Five months after it was announced that J.J. Abrams will produce a biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, a similar effort from the hands of ...

HBO Films Shine in Cannes

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

Now that the Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close, it's clear that HBO has grown into a major film-making force beyond the small screen.

Stephen Frears Presents "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I admit I only went to see the HBO movie Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight here at Cannes as a chance to speak afterwards to director Stephen Frears, who ...

Movie Review: Lay the Favorite

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

But despite a cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn and Catherine Zeta-Jones -- and a director like Stephen Frears -- Lay the Favorite just kind of, well, lays there.

HuffPost Review: Tamara Drewe

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't need to be a fan of Thomas Hardy to get the jokes in Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe. Nor do you need to be familiar with Posey Simmonds' graph...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Stephen Frears on 'Tamara Drewe' and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on It's Kind of a Funny Story

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Three filmmakers, two films, two comic views on how we humans strive, through all adversity, to find new ways to frak ourselves up. I know I promised ...

Toronto Day 5: Parties and the House That Film Built

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Don't imagine that all we journos do is work and challenge our digestive systems. Consider the array of parties clamoring for my presence. Something of a TIFF ritual is the Sony Pictures Classics dinner.

Live From the Toronto Film Festival: Saturday, Sept. 11

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The most persistent feeling one has at a big event like the Toronto International Film Festival -- other than the feeling of exhaustion -- is that you're somehow running behind.

Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast: Robert Mitchum and Great Directors

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bruce Weber's documentary-in-progress Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast about actor Robert Mitchum shows the Hollywood tough guy of Westerns and noirs as a shy, modest, non-celebrity.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If only Kick-Ass were as nervy and entertaining as its brazen title. Unfortunately, the weakest part of Kick-Ass is, well, Kick-Ass himself.

Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe Wins Audience at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Stephen Frears' new film Tamara Drewe is joyous. From the first witty shot on would-be writers in a writers' colony in a small village in England, ...

Michelle Pfeiffer Dazzles in Cherie

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Adele Stan

At its core, Chérie is a movie about time and the constancy of change -- a theme that could be esoteric and depressing, were it not for the stunning visual and aural landscape.