'Mad Max: Fury Road' roars to best picture win from National Board of Review

"Max Mad: Fury Road," George Miller's pulsating reboot of his post-apocalyptic action-thriller franchise, was named best picture of 2015 Tuesday by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

The sci-fi blockbuster "The Martian" won three awards -- director for Ridley Scott, lead actor for Matt Damon and adapted screenplay for Drew Goddard...Read more

'Spotlight' scores best feature, Paul Dano wins best actor at Gotham Awards

NEW YORK -- "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy's look at the journalistic expose of the Catholic church sex scandal, was the big winner at the Gotham Awards on Monday night, taking the top honor of best feature as well as best screenplay and a special jury ensemble performance prize.

"This one is very special because so many real people are affected by ...Read more

'Inside Out,' 'Anomalisa,' and 'The Peanuts Movie' earn Annie Award nominations

"Anomalisa," "Inside Out," "Shaun the Sheep Movie," "The Good Dinosaur" and "The Peanuts Movie" received nominations Tuesday morning for best animated feature of 2015 for the 43rd Annie Awards.

Notably missing from the nominees were the hits "Minions," "Home," "Hotel Transylvania 2" and "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

Pixar ...Read more

Column: Now Kobe Bryant can finally fix his rap career

Once he steps off the court, Kobe Bryant needs to put in some time on the mic.

Bryant is a renaissance man. He speaks Italian and Spanish, is pretty good on a soccer pitch, and a few experts are suggesting that he might make a good coach. But I'm not worried about his basketball legacy -- I'm worried about his musical legacy.

If Bryant doesn't...Read more

Don Rickles' new DVD set captures Mr. Warmth at his hottest

Don Rickles, comedy's "Merchant of Venom," is taking a seat to his stand-up routine.

Just shy of his 90th birthday and coping with physical afflictions that have limited his mobility, Rickles, who turned the act of insult into a high art and a celebrated career spanning more than a half-century, no longer prowls the stage during performances ...Read more

Fox to go coy on overnight ratings

On Jan. 24, Fox will present the first new episode of sci-fi cult hit "The X-Files" in almost 14 years. Premiering after the always high-rated NFC championship game, it's likely to be one of the most watched TV episodes of the season.

But don't expect Fox to celebrate on Jan. 25. Fox Television Group Co-Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman have...Read more

Internet sensations make jump to Hulu

LOS ANGELES -- The Internet has become a major source of new talent. It's a way to see performers and those creating online products before taking a chance on them with a TV production. Those who make television shows also know that an Internet sensation will bring a loyal audience with them.

All of that makes even more sense when it is a ...Read more

Kenny Rogers says he knows when to walk away

Kenny Rogers is calling from somewhere. He's not really sure where. Nova Scotia? "It's as far north as you can get without being at the North Pole," says Rogers, who is out promoting his new album, "Once Again It's Christmas," on the second-to-last tour of his life. Rogers, 77, will retire after a farewell tour next year, to spend more time with...Read more

Master P has master plan for reality show

LOS ANGELES -- Move over Cookie, Master P wants to show the world what a real music "Empire" looks like. The music mogul is opening the doors to his family home for the Reelz series "Master P's Family Empire."

Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, is a single father who made it his mission to forge the Miller family empire.

The one thing ...Read more

Movie review: In 'The Wonders,' simple life isn't so simple after all

Alice Rohrwacher's beautifully observed "The Wonders," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, follows a kind of hippie family around their Tuscan farm, where the father, Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck), sleeps in his underwear and awakes irritable and impatient, barking orders at his four daughters and his wife.

The family ...Read more

Trumbo star Michael Stuhlbarg: 'I love and want to take risks as often as possible'

TORONTO -- Michael Stuhlbarg padded around in his stocking feet and tried to make himself "small and squat" to play Edward G. Robinson in "Trumbo."

The late actor, a tough guy on screen but a sophisticated art collector off, was 5-feet-6 at best while Stuhlbarg is 5-feet-8.

"He was of Romanian heritage, and my heritage is quite mixed. I put ...Read more

Coldplay's Chris Martin finds renewal in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Martin has lived in Los Angeles long enough to speak enthusiastically about his spiritual teachers and about the benefits of cutting sugar and dairy from his diet. But the Coldplay frontman hasn't been here long enough to know that the guys handing out DVDs on the Venice boardwalk want you to pay for them.

"Thanks, brother,...Read more

'The Wiz Live!' aims to ease on down its own, modern road

BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- At a soundstage here, elements of "The Wizard of Oz" were colliding with unexpected slices of pop culture.

Mary J. Blige was running scared from Dorothy. Comic personality David Alan Grier took a break from being the Cowardly Lion to pretend he was pregnant, prompting the Tin Man (singer Ne-Yo) and Scarecrow (theater veteran ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Dec. 1 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


1: Amy

1: 90 Minutes in Heaven

1: Mistress America

1: Goodnight Mommy

1: Desert Dancer

1: Mississippi Grind

1: Cooties

1: Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1

1: Grace of Monaco

1: Momentum

1: Saving Hope: Season 2

1: Some Kind of ...Read more

Q&A: Why Spike Lee used satire in 'Chi-Raq' to take a shot at gun violence

Spike Lee and controversy go together like macaroni and cheese. His latest project, "Chi-Raq," is no different. But after almost 30 years in the industry, the Atlanta-born, Brooklyn-raised film director has learned to take it all in stride.

"I know how my folks are, and I love my folks," Lee said, the corners of his mouth inching upward. "I ...Read more

Q&A: Adrien Brody sends a message with his artwork

MIAMI -- Adrien Brody has appeared in more than 30 films after winning the Oscar in 2002 for "The Pianist," so you'll have to excuse him for not wanting to talk about acting. These days, Brody is more focused on his artwork. The 42-year-old Queens, N.Y., native heads to Art Basel in Miami this year to debut his painting series titled "Hot Dogs, ...Read more

Television Q&A: More on returning shows, fall finales, TV graphics

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Where are "Person of Interest" and "Mike & Molly"? They were not on the list of fall shows.

A: CBS has ordered more telecasts of both "Person of Interest" and "Mike & Molly" but has not scheduled them yet. Networks now stretch out premieres across a TV season. Some upcoming examples: NBC has January ...Read more

New on DVD for Dec. 1: Love, death, Amy subjects of new DVDs

You can enjoy a light comedy, a zombie attack or music documentary on DVD this week.

"Mistress America" Grade 1/2: In the new comedy-drama, Greta Gerwig attacks each word of dialogue with the ferocious zeal of a puppy clinging to a favorite sock. She backs that up with an energy that would power a small city, if only it could be harnessed.

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'Concussion' tackles NFL players' brain injuries head on

Peter Landesman knows what it's like to get knocked in the head so hard you see stars. Before he was an investigative journalist and a filmmaker, Landesman played high school and college football as a center and a linebacker. Play after play, he found himself on the front line of the game's most violent moments. And he loved it.

"How many times...Read more

Dinosaurs, turkeys and a 'Rocky' spinoff: What movies hit or didn't hit over the Thanksgiving weekend?

Thanksgiving weekend is a strong one for moviegoing--between the spate of studio releases and the post-turkey fleeing from homes and families, multiplexes tend to be filled. Of course, the glut of films--from Pixar to "Peanuts" to "Spotlight" to Rocky Balboa--means not every studio is equally satisfied; for every strong opening or hold there was...Read more