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While a number of indie films have been shot in the Lehigh Valley through the years, few big Hollywood productions have rolled into town. If you don't count a Bethlehem-shot short called "His Prehistoric Past" (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, the...
Hollywood movies, and even off-Hollywood independent films, have long encouraged us to empathize with unstable or psychologically troubled characters only if they're "kooky" for a little while, as a prelude to more palatable, normalized levels of...
Let's say there's a row of beautiful movie theaters, and the marquee of each one reads, "New film by (name of filmmaker here)." And let's say there's no other information about the film itself. Which one would you choose? We offered this dilemma to some...
Opening Nov. 21, "Silver Linings Playbook" is the latest teeming organism from writer and director David O. Russell, whose films include "Flirting With Disaster," "Three Kings" and, two years ago, "The Fighter," for which Christian Bale and Melissa Leo...
ReutersMay 08 (TheWrap.com) - The Los Angeles Film Festival has added screenings of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" and Pixar's "Monsters University" to its 2013 lineup, supplementing the previously-announced lineup of indie films with a couple of likely...
When Michael Bay goes small, "Pain & Gain" happens. Humans handle the bone-crunching. The gore becomes gorier. The dialogue increases substantially too. Metal things may not transform, but they still make a world of hurt delivered by "Pain & Gain's"...
Oscar-nominated writer-director David O. Russell ("The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook") has been named guest director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, organizers announced Friday. The festival takes place June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles. Russell...
Los Angeles TimesMark Wahlberg, a Boston native, voiced his mournful reaction to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings as he premiered his latest film in New York on Monday. "Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today," the actor tweeted Monday after two bombs...
Phil VettelMan, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago. The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
It's been nearly a generation since Quentin Tarantino burst on the scene with his raucous indie film "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, and Hollywood is a very different place. The once-vibrant independent film scene that Tarantino helped shape has shrunk to a...
EXCLUSIVE: “Southpaw,” the Antoine Fuqua movie about a boxer whose life takes some rough turns, has followed a path not unlike that of its hero. DreamWorks was going to make the gritty drama back in 2011, then dropped it. Soon after, MGM...
Say hello to ya mutha for me, OK? Mark Wahlberg gets that a lot. Five years after Andy Samberg's "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals" skit on "Saturday Night Live" (if you've never seen it, the title says it all), five years after Wahlberg went on Jimmy...
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