Despite Star Wars fans’ best efforts, a Disney-owned sequel to the franchise is in the works. Still, the situation could be worse. George Lucas has abdicated his tyrannical control, Lawrence Kasdan, the co-writer of Episode V and VI, has been brought on board as a creative consultant, and J.J. Abrams has agreed to direct.
Jude Law could use a little Rogaine, but his acting chops in the new psychological thriller Side Effects make up for this slight but noticeable aesthetic blemish. The prescription pill takes center stage in this taut film, serving up a frightening scenario that could keep even the drowsiest Prozac user up late at night.
The 2012 Academy Awards sucked. Despite Billy Crystal’s resurrection as host, the nominees (Midnight in Paris, Hugo, The Artist) didn’t possess the characteristic gravitas or ambition you’d expect from the candidates for Hollywood’s highest honors. But the tide has turned, and 2013’s high-caliber Oscar nominees are set to engage in the most nerve-racking Academy Awards show in recent memory.