“And the Nomination Goes to…”

Oscar nomination week is always an exciting time for movie lovers, and we’ve been happy to see some of our favorites — and yours — get singled out for Academy Award consideration. Bryan Cranston, our Movies for Grownups choice for Best Actor, and Mark Rylance, our MFG Supporting Actor choice, both got Oscar nods (for Trumbo and Bridge of Spies, respectively). Spotlight, our selection as Best Picture, is an Oscar nominee as well. All three will receive Movies for Grownups awards …

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Drop By

“It’s good to be alive!” declared a tearful Michael Douglas, the guest of honor at our Movies for Grownups Gala Countdown luncheon in New York on Thursday. Douglas — who told us he’s still cancer-free five years after being diagnosed with tongue cancer — attended with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. She applauded loudly when it was announced that Michael will receive our Career Achievement Award at the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills February 8. In a moving toast, …

When Judi Dench & Co. Revisited ‘Marigold Hotel’

As The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes to DVD and Blu-ray, you’d think making a sequel to the smash 2011 original must have been a foregone conclusion. Not so. In fact, back in 2011 it seemed especially unlikely to director John Madden and his all-star cast as they struggled to film the last scene of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Everyone was gathered in a sun-bleached hotel courtyard that offered nothing but difficult camera angles and tough lighting challenges. One …

“Marigold” Not the Freshest Daisy in the Bunch

The guest register at the Exotic Marigold Hotel gets thicker this week, while several Oscar winners — and Oscar-worthy efforts — arrive on home video. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Turns out chemistry isn’t everything. Alhough this sequel reunites virtually all the original stars (including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy), and though they prove just as delightful this second time around, the script adds precious little to the first installment. Richard Gere is predictably charming as a …

‘Downton Abbey Rediscovered’ Teases Season 5

Downton Abbey fans who’ve been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates’ implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS’s Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons. …

This Weekend: Birdman, Bill Murray, Late-Life Love

In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love. At Home: Billy Crystal and Pee-wee Herman remember when. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Did Michael Keaton quit the Batman series 22 years ago just so he could one day make this dreamlike film about an actor who walked away from a smash superhero franchise? In the performance …