Stories by Jake Coyle

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Superhero worlds collide in 'Batman v Superman'

Zac Snyder's thundering and grim Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates.
By Jake Coyle

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Oscar nominations are based on so much more than quality

NEW YORK - In the Coen brothers' recent 1950s Hollywood satire Hail, Caesar!, Ralph Fiennes' ascot-wearing British director Laurence Laurentz is helming a stuffy drawing room drama full of ...
By Jake Coyle

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

In-depth study finds 'whitewashed' Hollywood

NEW YORK - In one of the most damning reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are "whitewashed," and that an "epidemic ...
By Jake Coyle

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

'The Revenant' leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations

The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.
By Jake Coyle

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Spielberg discusses movies, new film's look at Cold War

NEW YORK - The nearly three-year wait since Steven Spielberg's last movie (2012's Lincoln) comes to an end this October with the spy thriller Bridge of Spies. Good news for moviegoers: There won't ...
By Jake Coyle

Fall Movie Preview: Abrams on keeping 'Star Wars' grounded

NEW YORK - That moment was the case for J.J. Abrams, who stepped into George Lucas' space opera with the monumental task of meeting the Death Star-sized expectations that await Star Wars: The ...
By Jake Coyle

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Fall Movie Preview: Abrams on keeping 'Star Wars' grounded

For J.J. Abrams, who — despite his own trepidation — stepped into George Lucas' space opera with the monumental task of meeting the Death Star-sized expectations that await "Star Wars: The Force ...
By Jake Coyle

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Apatow reflects on a life in comedy in new book

The comedy education of Judd Apatow began with unusual access to great comic minds, which he pried for straightforward instruction: How do you tell a joke?
By Jake Coyle

'Dope' is smart film

Dope began in the ears of Rick Famuyiwa. The Los Angeles filmmaker was listening to Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator - genre-shifting R&B and hip-hop musicians prone to ...
By Jake Coyle

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Travolta weathers highs, lows of acting career

NEW YORK - Since strutting onto the big screen in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta has had a career marked by dramatic ups and downs, from comeback king to Internet meme. 
By Jake Coyle

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Oscar nod part of McConaughey's 'McConaissance'

Matthew McConaughey has abruptly shifted to more challenging roles and films in a creative burst that has clearly re-energized him.
By Jake Coyle

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Squibb is suddenly star after 60 years

NEW YORK - June Squibb recently ducked into a Times Square office above the theaters she spent decades knocking about, taking any decent part she could get.
By Jake Coyle

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

'Lego Movie' built to be a better toy film

The Lego Movie, which opened Friday, is far more inventive and satirical than you might expect. Made with a conscious resistance to the pitfall of toy-based movies, it's imbued with a childlike ...
By Jake Coyle

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

'Vermeer' demystifies masterpiece

Tim's Vermeer is a simple little documentary that, in not 90 minutes, accomplishes nothing less than the demystification of artistic genius.
By Jake Coyle

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

The year's best films

From the dusty, dying towns of Nebraska to the rooftop Roman parties in The Great Beauty to the sleek future Los Angeles of Her, 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year?
By Jake Coyle

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Boston bombing affected 'American Hustle'

NEW YORK - While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell found his film American Hustle caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing.
By Jake Coyle

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Conde Nast launches original programming

NEW YORK - Conde Nast is launching a slate of original Web series, continuing the publisher's push to expand its stable of magazines into multimedia programming.
By Jake Coyle

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

YouTube yet to spark TV revolution

NEW YORK - When Google announced its plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. They're still waiting. 
By Jake Coyle

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012

YouTube channels ready strange mix of shows

On new YouTube channels, comedians Poehler, Wilson and Latham shift the punchline
By Jake Coyle

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009

Corddry makes fun of medical dramas

Doctors and their personal dramas long have been a TV staple. Now the sex-and-stethescopes genre is the target of Rob Corddry's satirical skills.
By Jake Coyle
 
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