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Breaking Down Oscar’s Best Picture Noms by Theme

In the past five years, 43 features have earned Academy Award nominations for best picture, and with those dozens of films, thematic throughlines have emerged that offer a sense of what kinds of films voters favor for the top prize. Historical films have earned the most nominations, exemplified by Green Book winning the award in […]

Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Crushes Christmas With $95.5M, Bah Humbug for Everything Else

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water bit off a sizeable $95.5 million over the four-day Christmas weekend to easily sink the competition at the domestic box office. Outside of the big-budget tentpole, there wasn’t much feasting to be had, thanks to a brutal weather and general moviegoer apathy regarding the other new films. Puss […]

Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Crossing $900M Globally as New Holiday Movies Get Iced

Outside of Avatar: The Way of Water, a brutal weather system named Storm Elliott is taking the merriment out of holiday moviegoing at the North American box office. The bomb cyclone has brought freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice to a wide swath of the country. Traditionally, the Christmas corridor is one of the […]

Box Office: Hollywood and Theaters on Storm Watch as Brutal Weather Strikes Much of Country

Hollywood studios are on a winter weather watch as a brutal series of storms strikes a wide swath of the country. Christmas week is supposed to be one of the merriest times of the year, but what forecasters are calling a bomb cyclone could wreak havoc on moviegoing as a major storm barrels across the […]

Designing Margot Robbie’s Crowdsurfing Playsuit for ‘Babylon’

Director Damien Chazelle’s mandate to his costume designer on Babylon was simple: “I don’t want this to look like another ’20s movie.” That edict translated into no flapper dresses, no cloche hats (on the principals) and no feathered headbands in the Paramount film, set to hit theaters Dec. 23. As the movie’s three-time Oscar-nominated costume […]

Events of the Week: ‘Babylon,’ ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Babylon, Avatar: The Way of Water, Emily in Paris and Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Avatar: The Way of Water premiere The Avatar sequel’s cast and crew continued its world tour on Monday […]

Brad Pitt, Damien Chazelle on Shooting ‘Babylon’ Movie’s Wildest Scenes: “A Lot of Nudity”

Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s star-studded exploration of the depravity and excess of 1920s Hollywood, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday alongside stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva. Chazelle first came up with the concept, which focuses on the era when Hollywood transitioned from silent films to talkies, 15 years ago when […]

‘Babylon’ Review: Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt Get Blitzed by Damien Chazelle’s Nonstop Explosion of Jazz-Age Excess

Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Li Jun Li and Jovan Adepo also star in this feverish look at Hollywood’s transition from silents to talkies, as depravity was edged out by moralism.

‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ ‘9-1-1’ Take Multiple Top Honors at 2022 California on Location Awards

Don’t Worry Darling, 9-1-1 and the upcoming film 80 for Brady all received multiple wins at the 27th annual California on Location Awards.  The honors, which were revealed Sunday, recognize location managers, public employees and other professionals who helped with on-location filming across the state. Among the winners, Chris Baugh was named location manager of […]

‘Babylon’ Star Diego Calva on Why He Doesn’t Agree With How ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Represents His Country

Babylon star Diego Calva is reflecting on his role choices, particularly his role in Netflix’s crime drama Narcos: Mexico, and the impact of representation. In an interview published Tuesday with GQ magazine for its Man of the Year issue, the Mexican actor discussed the difficulty actors early in their careers face in being able to […]

‘Babylon’ Trailer Sees Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt Get Tangled in Hollywood Debauchery

Margot Robbie makes a scene as a 1920s Hollywood bombshell actress in the latest trailer for Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, which dropped on Monday. “We are going to be more than they ever bargained for,” Robbie’s character declares at one point in the trailer to Diego Calva, who plays Manny Torres, a Latino character in Hollywood’s silent era. […]

Eric Roberts on His 700 (and Counting) Screen Credits: “I’m One of The Luckiest Guys in Hollywood”

Eric Roberts doesn’t hold the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor. That honor goes to the Indian star Brahmanandam, currently with more than 1,170 titles to his name. But Roberts is quickly catching up. According to his (endlessly updating) IMDb page, he’s appeared in some 700 films and TV […]