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Reese Witherspoon: How a scandal saved her career

By Emily Yahr 8:20 p.m.
Celebrity scandals work in mysterious ways. Just take the case of Reese Witherspoon. In April 2013, the Oscar-winning actress was arrested for disorderly conduct in Atlanta ...

‘Foxcatcher’ filmmaker Miller drawn to odd story

By Michael Machosky 8:20 p.m.
It was such a strange, shocking and unlikely crime that seemed almost implausible — even for Hollywood. The scion of one of the nation’s most illustrious ...

Review: Witherspoon loses her vanity and herself in ‘Wild’

By Roger Moore
Reese Witherspoon finds a role worthy of her in “Wild,” playing a woman who hikes her way out of a tragic past, one painful step ...

Review: Wallis, Jamie and Jay Z bring ‘Annie’ back to life

By Roger Moore
“Annie,” a musical that the decades have rendered into a punchline, is modernized, made more streetwise and brought back to life in a production backed ...

Review: This ‘Museum’ piece is as funny as a tomb

By Roger Moore
There’s a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” It involves a scale-model toy Roman soldier Steve Coogan ...

DVD reviews: ‘This is Where I Leave You,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘The Skeleton Twins’

By Garrett Conti
“This is Where I Leave You” (2014, R, 103 min., $28.98) Director Shawn Levy’s “This is Where I Leave You” was forecast to be one ...

Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 release

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in ...

Review: ‘The Hobbit’ bows out with a slow-footed bang

By Roger Moore
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” sends this not- really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or ...

‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Lebowski,’ ‘Ferris Bueller’ chosen for National Film Registry

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday. The library selected films for their cultural, historic or ...

‘Hobbit’ tinkering is in a good cause, film creators say

By Reuters
The final movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is here for the holidays, and while the creators of the popular franchise admit they’ve taken ...

Tis the season: Holiday home video gift guide

By Garrett Conti
’Tis the season to add to your holiday video collection, and there are plenty of options to choose from this year. Finding that special gift ...

Producers of new James Bond movie say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

By The Associated Press
LONDON — The producers of James Bond films say an early version of the screenplay for the new movie “SPECTRE” is among the material stolen ...

Oakmont’s Oaks Theater owner projects updates will expand presence, use

By Bob Karlovits
Marc Serrao is trying to make sure the Oaks Theater in Oakmont is more than simply a community landmark. The Oaks will begin its new life ...

Jackson’s Middle-earth films changed Hollywood

By USA Today
Peter Jackson may be closing the book on a 15-year journey through author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but he leaves behind six movies that will live for generations. The New Zealand filmmaker’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in the 2000s and the ...

‘Birdman’ tops Golden Globes with 7 nominations

By The Associated Press
“Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods, including best picture in the comedy or musical category. In nominations ...

Review: ‘The Homesman’ bleak, hard and full of strength

By Roger Moore
There’s a hint of the Dust Bowl in Oscar-winner Hilary Swank’s face — a worn, rawboned quality straight out of a Walker Evans photograph. That makes ...

Review: Chris Rock more at home on stage than off in ‘Top Five’

By Roger Moore
With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making lately while ostensibly promoting his new film, it’s a relief that “Top Five” is ...

Review: ‘Overnighters’: Drilling deep into an oil boom

By Stephanie Merry
Streets are never actually paved in gold, but people set off nonetheless to distant places hopeful for riches. In recent years, the magnet has been ...

Review: ‘Exodus’ is impressive, but might leave you cold

By Roger Moore
Sprawling and spectacular, brawny and bloody, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” stabs an exclamation point onto a year peppered with religious films, one that ...

Religious-themed mainstream movies are not always the most obvious epics

By Rex Rutkoski
Rabbi Mark Mahler of Temple Emmanuel of the South Hills admits that he is not much of a movie buff. That may have something to do ...