Review: ‘Mid90s’ is a nostalgia trip without a destination
A year after Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" comes another actor-turned-director's memory-inspired California-set coming-of-age tale from the boutique film studio A24. This time, the time period has been dialed back a few years (from the early '00s to the mid-'90s), Dave Mathews Band has been traded for A Tribe Called Quest, and the filmmaking talent is far less revelatory.
'Isle of Dogs' is a blue-ribbon movie (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Isle of Dogs" is director Wes Anderson at his quirky best.
This is his ninth feature film and second using stop-motion animation. The first animated film he did was "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" in 2009, starring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.
From “Bridesmaids” to “Baby Driver,” the South by Southwest Film Festival has become known as a launching pad for broad comedies and out-there genre fare often disregarded by other fests. But that reputation overlooks the way in which South by Southwest has long been a vital platform for the discovery of new talent, unknowns about to become somebodies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greta Gerwig screamed with delight and relief as she hugged a group of friends once she got into the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
The "Lady Bird" director and Oscar nominee had just walked down the last red carpet of her long awards season. She quickly pulled up her long flowing gown, kicked off her high heels and put on a pair of checkered Vans sneakers so she could run through the room in comfort.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are cameras everywhere at the Academy Awards, but some of the most intimate celebrity moments at the show still manage to escape the lens.
Here's a look at some of the backstage interactions that never made it to TV screens:
LADY-BIRD BONDING: Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern shared some poignant moments backstage before presenting the documentary award.
On a night featuring real-life heroines, many actresses went for something strong and bold on the Oscar red carpet — something metallic.
Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock literally shimmered in gold and silver gowns. They stood out on a carpet that starred mostly whites and neutrals.
There were bold reds and classic whites, warrior-worthy golds and playful pops of pink and purple on the Oscars red carpet, but the fashion takeaway seemed more about keeping the clothes out of the way so the conversation could turn to pressing matters: Honoring history, standing up for women and supporting diversity.
Stars dazzle on the Oscars red carpet
Oscars 2018 red carpet: Best and worst dressed (video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Stars dressed to the nines and walked the red carpet before the 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday.
Unlike the Golden Globes, there was plenty of color in this year's Oscar fashions from Greta Gerwig's shimmering tangerine gown to Daniel Kaluuya's mustard tuxedo jacket.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards voters made history this year when they nominated Rachel Morrison for the cinematography Oscar — the first woman so recognized in the organization's 90 years. Greta Gerwig is also up for best director, only the fifth woman nominated in Oscar history. Yet in nearly every Oscar category, nominees are overwhelmingly male.
Three of the 24 awards have no female nominees at all.
Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland and Viola Davis to present Academy Awards
Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Viola Davis and Emma Stone are some of the stars presenting awards at this year's Academy Awards.
Film producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd revealed today the first 12 celebrities who will be handing out statuettes at the annual ceremony - which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel - on March 4 and in keeping with tradition, they include past Academy Award winners.
Other names include Mahershala Ali, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner and Tiffany Haddish.
Boseman, Haddish, Gerwig, Nanjiani among Oscars presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish, "Lady Bird" author Greta Gerwig and "The Big Sick" co-writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani are set to appear at the 90th annual Academy Awards.
Producers of next month's telecast announced the show's first round of presenters on Friday.
In Oscars best-director nominees, a wealth of milestones
NEW YORK (AP) — There's not an Academy Awards category this year that doesn't feature some element of exciting new talent, captivating backstories or the possibility of an Oscar landmark victory.
But, oh, that best director category.
In even the glittering array of nominees to the 90th Academy Awards, the best director category stands out. Want history-making diversity? Check. First-time nominees? Check. Overdue veterans? Check.
Jokes, and selfies with Kobe Bryant, at Oscar nominees lunch
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscar nominees' luncheon is like an exclusive clubhouse where every member is an outstanding artist and film super-fan.
So the production designer of "The Shape of Water" is free to geek out over meeting Mary J. Blige, who herself shared a moment with Gary Oldman.
High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees Lunch
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars — artists from every aspect of filmmaking — for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom.
With little on the agenda other than posing for a group photo, Monday's gathering was a chance for nominees to bask together in their exalted status together before the Academy Awards are presented on March 4.
Guillermo del Toro wins top Directors Guild Award
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" added another key prize in its awards season run with Guillermo del Toro's win at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.
"The Shape of Water," about a mute woman who falls in love with an underwater creature, has emerged as the awards season front runner with a Producers Guild Award and a leading 13 Academy Award nominations.
The Latest: Guillermo del Toro wins top directing award
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the 70th annual Directors Guild Awards (all times local):
Guillermo del Toro has won the feature film award from the Directors Guild of America for "The Shape of Water."
The Directors Guild Awards held Saturday night at a ceremony in Beverly Hills are a reliable predictor of who will go on to win the directing Oscar.
Issa Rae says female creative voices have been amplified
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Issa Rae said she feels that women's voices have been amplified in the film and television worlds and she's happy to be part of the group leading the change and opening doors for others.
"I do think there's a renaissance in so many different ways," the actress said at NFL's Women's Summit on Friday. "We have a newfound power, a newly rediscovered power. We're like, '...We can speak up, and we can get stuff done, and we can make a change, and we can reclaim our stories."
'The Shape of Water' leads this year's Academy Awards with 13 nominations.
Guillermo del Toro's romantic creature feature is up for a host of top Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Jenkins.
In Oscar nominations, fresh voices lead the way
NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards showered outsiders, on screen and off, with milestone-setting nominations that celebrated Guillermo del Toro's full-hearted ode to outcasts "The Shape of Water," embraced first-time filmmakers like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, and made "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography.
‘I am truly honored’: Reaction to the Oscar nominations
Reaction to the Oscar nominations announced Tuesday:
‘Wonder Woman’ is left hanging and 8 other Oscar surprises
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year came pretty close with meaningful love for "Get Out," ''Lady Bird" and "Phantom Thread," and the history-making nomination of "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to ever be nominated for cinematography.
Still, there were some significant surprises and even a few outright snubs:
Guillermo del Toro wasn't offended when Natalie Portman called out the lack of female directors nominated at the Golden Globes.
As she introduced the nominations at the award show on Sunday (07.01.18), Portman referred to the "all male nominees" but Del Toro, who picked up the prize for helming 'The Shape of Water', thinks it marks a positive change ahead for Hollywood.
DGA Awards: Jordan Peele earns two nominations, Spielberg left out
The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Thursday, naming Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) as its five nominees for feature film.
Notably, guild voters left out Steven Spielberg for “The Post.” Spielberg is a DGA favorite, having won three times and picked up 11 nominations — both records.
Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele among Directors Guild nominees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are among the five directors who have been recognized for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. The Guild announced its feature film nominees Thursday, including Gerwig for the coming-of age film "Lady Bird" and Peele for his horror sensation "Get Out," which also earned him a first-time director nod.
Golden Globe winners celebrate backstage
Film critics’ group chooses ‘Lady Bird’ as best picture
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has named "Lady Bird" the best picture of 2017.
The writer-director of "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig, won best director and best screenplay as the society voted in New York on Saturday.
Sally Hawkins won best actress for "The Shape of Water" and "Maudie" and Daniel Kaluuya won best actor for "Get Out."
Gerwig, McKinnon other celebs recall most broke they’ve been
NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly not every actor suffered through lean times on their way up, but origin stories are full of tight-money moments nevertheless.
Patrick Wilson said recently on the red carpet that he once scraped for change at the Lincoln Tunnel. Greta Gerwig said her bank account was nearly drained when she drove past a Los Angeles movie theater with her face on the marquee.
Gerwig and Ronan’s show of solidarity
Stars recall their money struggles
As 2017 approaches its end
The time has come to re-recommend
Some movies that you might have missed.
So take a sec and scan this list.
If you’ve skipped any of these movies,
Too bad. They’re worth their weight in rubies.
They still remain on screens near you
Weeks beyond their grand debut.
Take family, pals, acquaintances, fraternity,
’Cause nothing good will last eternally.
Because after the holidays you like a good angry-mom movie …
Celebrities and their favorite movies of 2017
‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ top AP’s best 2017 films
Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2017.
1. "Dunkirk": I'm not sure I've ever been so wholly transported by and viscerally engaged in a theatergoing experience as I was watching Christopher Nolan's masterpiece "Dunkirk," but the filmmaker continues to innovatively use the generous budgets his success has afforded him to push the envelope of immersive cinema and storytelling.
‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG noms, ‘Big Sick’ bounces back
NEW YORK (AP) — In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy "The Big Sick" and left many Oscar favorites empty handed.
Stars react to nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars react to the Golden Globe Award nominations announced Monday morning in Beverly Hills, California:
— "It was my morning to carpool, so I just dropped the kids off." — Laurie Metcalf, nominated for her supporting role in "Lady Bird," on her not-so-glamorous morning.
— "It's a good day when you wake up and find out that your show is on a list with 'Game of Thrones.'" — Dan Fogelman, creator of "This Is Us," nominated for TV drama series.
Greta Gerwig, the meek and mild-mannered actress — whose signature style has landed her great supporting and leading roles in acclaimed films such as "20th Century Women" and "Jackie" — is making her writing and directing debut, and she's knocking it out of the park.
‘Lady Bird’ named best picture by New York Film Critics
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday named "Lady Bird" best feature film and its star, Saoirse Ronan, best actress, throwing its full support behind Greta Gerwig's comic drama about growing up in Sacramento, Calif.
Greta Gerwig’s ode to Sacramento
Greta Gerwig remembers her ‘theater nerd’ days
Cheney native Adam Brock adds musical talent to Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird”
Fifty seconds into the trailer for “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age film written and directed by Greta Gerwig, a band appears on screen.
Viewers are meant to focus on the bass player, actor Timothée Chalamet, but Inland Northwest natives with a keen eye might be more excited to see the band’s frontman.
Cheney native Adam Brock has a brief appearance in the film and wrote the song the band performs in that scene.
Director Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a smart, charming coming-of-age tale: Movies you should know about
Director Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird' is a smart, charming coming-of-age tale: Movies you should know about
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Movies that follow high school kids have an annoying tendency to devolve into clichés and stereotypes, which is a shame, because the exquisite confusion and awkward discovery of our formative years is a gold mine for storytelling.
"Lady Bird" is a graceful, insightful, smart, hilarious and warm coming-of-age comedic drama that could only come from Greta Gerwig.
Gerwig is the singular comedic talent whose quirky, offbeat sense of style was on glorious display in several Noah Baumbach films, notably "Frances Ha" and "Mistress America," both of which she co-wrote. With "Lady Bird" she makes her writing and directing debut, and it's a compliment to her that her cinematic voice is already fully her own.
New Movies: ‘Justice League,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco’ and ‘Three Billboards’
With "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros. might have found the right formula for bringing DC Comics superheroes to the big screen. Let's see if that magic can translate to this all-star epic that has Wonder Woman joining forces with Superman, Batman, The Flash and Aquaman. A troubled production, with director Zack Snyder backing out to deal with a family crisis and being replaced by Josh Whedon, may not augur well. (PG-13)
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ makes the ordinary special in story of mother and daughter: review
Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird' makes the ordinary special in story of mother and daughter: review
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Like a millennial female Alexander Payne, indie "It" girl Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha," "To Rome with Love") explores the everyday lives of regular people in the most regular places in the world. In this case, dreary middle-class Sacramento, California, shot in a flat, documentary style to emphasize its ordinariness.
Box Office Top 20: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ repeats at No. 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Thor: Ragnarok" topped the box office again in its second weekend, adding $57.1 million from North American theaters. The superhero sequel, the third in the franchise, has grossed $212.1 million domestically to date.
It beat out newcomers like the comedy sequel "Daddy's Home 2," which opened in second with a solid $29.7 million, and Kenneth Branagh's lush adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express," which debuted in third with $28.7 million.
Female directors are ready to topple an ignoble Oscar stat
NEW YORK (AP) — Four.
It's one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That's how many women have been nominated for best director in the awards' 89 years of existence. Kathryn Bigelow, for "The Hurt Locker" in 2010, is the only woman to win.
Greta Gerwig comes of age with ‘Lady Bird’
NEW YORK (AP) — Greta Gerwig has been an actress in 25 films, a co-writer on five and co-director of one. She's assembled wardrobes, done makeup and — thanks to her 5 foot-9-inch height — held the boom mic. She has, in a sense, been building up for a long time to her directorial debut: "Lady Bird."
Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ leads Gotham Award nominations
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's thriller "Get Out" has gotten an awards season boost with a leading four Gotham Awards nominations, including best feature.
The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Thursday.
Curtain goes up on a documentary-rich New York Film Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-nine feature films will dot the sparkling lineup at the 55th New York Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night with Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying." There is no way, really, to take as a whole an 18-day festival that will include new films from Todd Haynes, Woody Allen, Agnes Varda, Claire Denis, Greta Gerwig and Hong Sangsoo.