April 13, 2012 |
You'd think by now college kids would know better than to head to an isolated cabin deep in the woods for a laid-back weekend of beer, swimming and truth or dare, because… cue spooky music … as everyone knows by now most of them are destined to die, falling to their blood-soaked ends like dominoes: One. By. One. Actually that's exactly what longtime horror-making buddies Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are counting on - that everyone knows...
February 7, 2012 |
From Cleveland — It's a Vinny Del Negro I do not know. He's at a loss for cliches and coach-speak Tuesday over lunch, pausing to take a deep breath every time he mentions Chauncey Billups' name. The veteran guard has been active in a Los Angeles uniform for only 20 games, but Del Negro says, "People have no idea what he has meant to this group. " Somewhere beyond the half-eaten bowl of soup, small talk and concern about how he might reenergize his team, Del Negro is now on the telephone talking to team trainer Jasen Powell.
February 3, 2012 |
So I'm coming out of Staples the other night, and I look at the fan next to me on the street. "Katzenberg!!!" I yell, when it turns out to be just another one of those steely eyed bald dudes that L.A. produces like pigeons. I avert what could've been an embarrassing moment by skipping down the street shouting out famous names randomly. "Minnie Driver! Donald Duck!" as if suffering from some sort of celebrity-induced dementia. "Mel Gibson! Larry Hagman! Donna Reed!" Which brings us, obviously, to the Super Bowl, where language is also a powerful tool when used correctly, or preferably incorrectly.
October 27, 2011 |
The fact-based story of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill, a three-time NCAA wrestling champion and the first deaf wrestler to win a national championship, the film "The Hammer" looks to tread a fine line between appealing directly (and perhaps strictly) to the deaf community and opening up an understanding of the deaf experience to a broader audience. Directed by Oren Kaplan, making his feature debut from a script by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer, the film follows Hamill from a small-town Ohio childhood in the late-'70s and early '80s to finding his winning ways in college in the '90s.
June 24, 2011 |
Director Chris Weitz's new drama, "A Better Life," should be a much better movie than it is, but emotions get in the way. It's a quintessential L.A. story of a hard-pressed illegal immigrant family — in this case a father and son — living with the constant fear of deportation. Rather than being compelling, though, the film is weighted down by clichés. A pity, since the issues could hardly be more timely. Weitz, working from a screenplay by Eric Eason ("Manito"), wears his heart on his sleeve in every scene.
March 18, 2011 |
Walter Mosley's latest, "When the Thrill Is Gone," is the third installment (after "The Long Fall" and "Known to Evil") in the series featuring Leonid McGill, a tough, philosophic African American private detective who plies his perilous trade in today's New York City. The book is as complex and thoughtful as its narrator-hero and is also smartly paced, well plotted and elegantly written. And yet, when compared to the author's initial, career-igniting novels about Easy Rawlins, it seems to lack a key ingredient: originality.
September 30, 2010 |
This weekend marks the end of an era for American women. Cathy, the weight-obsessed, chocolate-loving, shopaholic comic strip heroine who has appeared in newspapers (including this one) for more than three decades, will make her final appearance on Sunday. Cathy's creator, Cathy Guisewite, has been chided for plenty of things over the years, not least sabotaging female progress by trafficking in hoary and reductive female stereotypes. The title character had a nagging mother, a fear of dressing rooms and a straight-from-the-container Haagen-Dazs response to all of life's frustrations.
September 16, 2010 |
Some movie sets abound with producers and studio executives, others teem with entourages of dodgy hangers-on. Ben Affleck invited a slightly different class of visitors to his bank heist story "The Town" — a bunch of real-life criminals. "Pretty much everyone on the set was an ex-con of some sort," says Jeremy Renner, who stars opposite Affleck in the drama, opening Friday, about a quartet of Boston holdup artists whose luck may be running out fast. "And there were probably a couple of guys there who were still robbing banks.
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September 8, 2010 |
My alarm went off at 6:45 a.m. on Labor Day, but I was already awake. I didn't want to miss a minute of Jerry Brown's big event. His campaign staff was promising a "significant announcement," and Brown himself was going to be at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to make it. Finally, I thought: Something significant in the race for governor. This would be a first, whether it came from Democrat Brown or his GOP rival Meg Whitman. But what would it be?