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.
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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 ... More >>