Beasts of the Southern Wild

William H. Macy: "Yes! Separate from the story we told and how well I might have succeeded or failed it's a life-changer because it's the first time I've directed a feature and at this point in my career it's completely new."
Google "coming of age movies" and you will find that the stories our culture says define coming of age are those like The Sandlot or Superbad. For boys of color there are far fewer, but some: Cooley High. Boyz in the Hood. School Daze. Try Googling "coming of age movies for girls" and you'll find a lot less.
When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen.
Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the breakout star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is already famous for being the youngest
In my heart-of-hearts, I wanted to boycott this year's Oscar ceremony, but even if I had -- even if we all had -- that would have been too little, too late.
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And so, if last year's Spirit Awards are any indication, we might already have a pretty good sense of who will be walking
Why are the Academy members constantly playing it safe? I see films every year that blow most nominees out of the water but they're always unnoticed by the Academy.
From film scoring to production, direction and acting, African Americans have touched many facets of the film genre. As we
All love, It's the little movie that could, and now it's nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best
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For most people, the idea of making it in Hollywood today involves a ton of backdoor wheeling and dealing, some backstabbing, and an endless fight to step on others to get to the top. Benh Zeitlin has taken the opposite approach.
Cheap, amateurish and sometimes just plain hard to watch, Beasts enjoyed a wave of overwrought critical hosannas, going all the way back to when the film first was shown more than a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival.
"It's a movie that makes us all think deeply about the people we love in our lives who make us who we are. It shows us the
In this week's special Oscars issue, our executive entertainment editor Mike Hogan maps his own journey from Oscar skeptic to Oscar fanatic. Mike Ryan speaks with Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old who is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee. And with viewership lagging among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic, Mallika Rao asks: how can the show be made better?