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Spirit Award nominees share low-budget secrets

Spirit Award nominees share low-budget secrets

The Spirit Awards celebrate the best in low-budget filmmaking. But within those honors, the John Cassavetes Award goes to films with even lower budgets: those made for under $500,000.

February 24, 2012 12:00 am Photos


AP writers pick the top 10 films of 2011

AP writers pick the top 10 films of 2011

Associated Press reviewers Christy Lemire and David Germain usually have a fair amount of overlap in their top 10 lists, but this time, they agreed on only one film. Here are their picks.

January 04, 2012 9:00 am Photos


AP writers pick the top 10 films of 2011

AP writers pick the top 10 films of 2011

Associated Press reviewers Christy Lemire and David Germain saw the same films in 2011, but they clearly weren't seeing the same pictures.

December 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos


Schlockey films gain instant cult status via Net

It's late Friday night outside the arthouse Roxie Theater, and a line is forming down the block. Twentysomethings -- mostly men -- stand around joking and waiting to file in. The smell of pot permeates the cold, damp air.

May 28, 2010 12:00 am

AP writers pick 'Slumdog' to win best picture

Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire would like to agree to disagree more often so they could make fun of each other's Academy Awards picks, but they're in general consensus this time.

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

Despite economy, the show must go on in Hollywood

It's a city where perception is reality and image is everything. But Hollywood is having trouble keeping up appearances in the midst of the nation's economic downturn, even during its splashiest, most self-celebratory time: awards season.

February 20, 2009 12:00 am

From burgers to a bomb threat

"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" didn't exactly do gangbusters at the box office when it opened in July 2004. The comedy about stoner pals with major munchies searching for tiny hamburgers in the middle of the night made about $5.5 million its first weekend on the way to an $18.2 mill…

March 14, 2008 12:00 am

AP movie writers predict 'No Country for Old Men' will take top prize at this year's Oscars

Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire like to differ, but they generally agree on who will win the top prizes at Sunday's Academy Awards.

February 24, 2008 12:00 am

The way we were: Movie theme songs no longer ruling the pop charts

There was a time around 1997 when no matter where you were -- in the car, on the StairMaster, at the dentist's office -- you couldn't help but hear "My Heart Will Go On," the soaring Celine Dion ballad from "Titanic."

November 18, 2007 12:00 am

Katharine Hepburn still fascinates

Over her long and storied career, which included 12 Academy Award nominations and a record four wins for best actress, Katharine Hepburn personified a peculiarly American, dignified grit.

May 13, 2007 12:00 am

Bill Paxton talks about movies, growing up in Texas and 'Big Love'

Bill Paxton has been an actor, director, producer, even a set dresser for Roger Corman.

March 16, 2007 12:00 am

'Manufacturing Dissent'

As documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine looked up to Michael Moore.

March 16, 2007 12:00 am

As Iraq creates its own film genre, directors depict the from a variety of perspectives

As the fighting in Iraq drags on, a new genre of film is emerging and evolving into something vastly different from the classic war movie canon established by previous generations.

February 16, 2007 12:00 am

For best-director Oscar in last decade, visual spectacles or character-driven dramas win

Looking at winners of the best-director category at the Academy Awards over the past decade is a study in extremes.

February 16, 2007 12:00 am

Wearer of many hats

Peter Bogdanovich -- director, actor, film historian -- gets to wear all those various hats at various times during this year's American Film Institute Film Festival.

November 10, 2006 12:00 am

Pure torture

Today's horror movies are more likely to be dripping with blood than irony, with films like "Wolf Creek," the "Saw" series and this week's "Hostel" representing a return to their grisly, low-budget '70s roots.

January 06, 2006 12:00 am

Reincarnated 'Rent'

"Bohemia is dead," Taye Diggs' character proclaims disdainfully in "Rent." Now it's being reincarnated, with the film version of the long-running Broadway musical hitting theaters this week.

November 25, 2005 12:00 am

Deja bay-vu

It could have been just another slasher flick, and one of the last of a rush of films Miramax is releasing as the founding Weinstein brothers sever ties with parent company Disney for good.

September 16, 2005 12:00 am

Southern Man

This is not a story about drinking with Johnny Knoxville, something that's been written so many times by now, it has practically become its own subgenre within the gonzo journalism canon.

August 05, 2005 12:00 am

From inside The Thing

The Boston Red Sox have been known to drive their fans crazy. For longtime, wicked-diehard Michael Chiklis, they helped keep him sane.

July 08, 2005 12:00 am

Elijah Wood goes from hobbit to one of the 'Hooligans'

Before he ever threw a punch in "Hooligans," Elijah Wood had to fight just to get the movie made.

March 19, 2005 12:00 am

Shorter, less gory version of 'The Passion' in theaters

Director's cuts are usually longer, beefed up with precious footage -- at least in the filmmaker's mind -- that ended up on the cutting-room floor the first time around.

March 12, 2005 12:00 am

Oscar predictions

Unlike last year, when it was obvious that the hobbits and elves would rule Oscar night (and they did), this Academy Awards race looks tougher to call. Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire duke it out -- and disagree -- over several of the main categories:

February 27, 2005 12:00 am
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