MGM studio exec Louis B. Mayer started the Academy Awards in 1929 as a way to bolster the image of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- and assist in mediating labor disputes. From that modest beginning, the awards ceremony has grown into one of the world's biggest annual media events. ... More >>
Science Fiction Land could have been huge. Proposed in 1979, the idea was to build a huge theme park in Aurora with a holographic zoo and a 1,000-lane bowling alley attended by robots. The park was to also serve as the set of a $50 million sci-fi flick called Lord of Light. The movie never happened, ... More >>
Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is blogging regularly from the Toronto Film Festival.This is her fourth in the series. As the summer of self-plagiarism comes to a close, add Terrence Malick to the list of those accused of this debatable crime: The auteur's quick foll ... More >>
Film festival season in Colorado kicks off every September with the oh-so-glamorous parade of celebs and their pet projects through Telluride, followed by a chain of lesser festivals aspiring to such glory across the state. But if you crave truly independent cinema; if you long for the days when fil ... More >>
Lawrence Dai will be watching Julie & Julia for the 365th time at 8 p.m. tonight at the Jones, as part of the Denver Center Theatre Company's quirky Off-Center series. In addition to the screening, there will be free beer and unelaborated-upon shenanigans involving onions; tickets are $10. Julie & ... More >>
Gross.Ben Affleck has it all: Good looks, rugged charm, acting chops, uh... good looks. Of course, he's starred in some truly awful movies, but that's only because those movies weren't taking advantage of his true talent: directing. Because Ben Affleck is also an awesome director. That's what ... More >>
Hey, nits, I already said I was sorry about those crappy movies, alright?Ben Affleck has acted in some truly horrible movies. After co-winning an Oscar with his best friend, Affleck's resume reads like a list of the worst movies from the late '90s that we all thought were sorta okay at the t ... More >>
To any successful movie trailer, there's an element of balance: The trailer must convey enough of the content -- characters, storyline, tone -- of the movie to let us know what we're getting into while simultaneously withholding enough to hook us. In that way, the trailer for The Company Men ... More >>
Look out, buddy -- the dude from Good Will Hunting is stealing your movie!The entertainment broadsheets have been a-twitter this week with news about The Town, the new crime thriller to be directed by and starring Ben Affleck. The film, based on Chuck Hogan's 2004 novel Prince of Thieves and ... More >>
The nature of print media is strange these days. Pages shrivel and shrink, then disappear altogether, while paid positions dry up like teens on Proactiv, resulting in a frenzied scramble toward writers and editors doing more with less, pissed off at their frozen salaries yet unable to bitch about i ... More >>
Saving humanity one sexy photo at a time. Listen to this lineup for an August 27 roundtable discussion at Boettcher Concert Hall on the topic of "Combating Global Poverty," as announced by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee: Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and co-chair of the ... More >>
According reports filed by NME and the Washington Post, Kanye West is reportedly in talks with AT&T to perform at a party being thrown on behalf of Bono's One Campaign, a non-partisan organization whose primary mission is to raise public awareness in the areas of global poverty, hunger and disease. ... More >>
Fame is fleeting, and so is the fun here.
Due to the sporting events of the past few months, Denverites have license to hate everything New English, from the overdog Red Sox to the over-hyped Pats all the way down to maple syrup, clam chowder, and Ben Affleck (perhaps a bad example). The city just a few years ago known as the loudest whin-a ... More >>
Even with the Mac kid at his side, John McClane is just...old.
Chief, Sorry, had to get that last one off hasty as there were a bunch of Moroccans behind me, tapping their feet for me to hurry up and get off this greasy computer. At any rate, I hope it's easier to get into Lusaka than it was here. Plane arrived at 6 a.m. and they herded us all into a "Transit" ... More >>
Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy.
Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger
Glory Road relives the season that college hoops smashed the color barrier.
Boring game play mars Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.
Young teens become super-empowered in Sky High.
Kevin Smith is Silent Bob? Dude, my butt he is.
This summer's movies could withstand the drought.
Someone must have been, to come up with Bad Company.
In the whiz-bang Pearl Harbor, vintage history takes a back seat to a dated love triangle.
Director John Frankenheimer delivers a belated gift in the form of Reindeer Games.
Director Kevin Smith spouts his Dogma.