March 17, 2010 |
The world of childhood, according to many movies and TV shows, is full of preternaturally cheery moppets who sing and dance and make calculated wisecracks. That's not the world inhabited by sixth-grader Greg Heffley, the hero of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books. For Heffley, school is a perilous jungle, where he must navigate the Scylla and Charybdis of prepubescent humiliation and failure, while trying to climb the ladder of popularity. "I'll be famous one day," notes Heffley in the first book, "but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons."
February 1, 2013 |
Kimberly Bornstein stands blindfolded at the front of a small stage at Hollywood's Magic Castle. Behind her a man from the audience stares intently at a dollar bill in his hands while Bornstein's husband, Jeff, looks on. Slowly, Kimberly recites a list of numbers that comprise the serial number of the dollar bill. The man gasps and says something unprintable under his breath. This is the pinnacle of the Bornsteins' show "Mind Meld," which the celebrated mind-reading duo are performing for the next few weeks at Hollywood's Acme Comedy Theater.
May 4, 2012
Lyndon B. Johnson was president, "My Fair Lady" swept the Oscars and Martin Luther King Jr. was leading marches across the South. The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go. He forgot about it until this week when his father, who still lives on the property, found a box turtle meandering on his land, turned it over,...
November 1, 2012 |
"The Details," an offbeat, original, pitch dark comedy for adults, offers a chancy return role for ex-"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire, who's been largely (and sadly) absent from the big screen of late. As Jeff Lang, an OB-GYN whose routine life snowballs into a suburban hell after a sod-swallowing raccoon starts tearing up his backyard, Maguire tilts his nice-guy persona on its ear while effectively maintaining a kind of "who me?" - and "why me?" - innocence. It's a nutty and surprising ride steered by writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes in his first turn behind the camera since 2004's fine "Mean Creek.
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March 22, 1987 |
Jeff R. stood on a platform two-thirds of the way up a telephone-pole tower above the rooftops of a placid Chatsworth neighborhood. "My name is Jeff," he said deliberately, concentrating on a rectangular air bag 40 feet below. "I'm going to do a header." In real life, Jeff R. (as an actor, that is his whole name) was an architect who found office life boring and repetitive. He was lured away by images of excitement and danger that flickered through his thoughts.
January 9, 2010 |
Jeff Zucker was a fearless news producer and fast-rising entertainment executive who was just 41 when he became head of NBC Universal. But in the last few years, the onetime whiz kid behind the "Today" show -- he turned Katie Couric into a star -- has made several costly miscalculations that have led to a spectacular fall by the country's premier television network. Zucker's troubles were magnified this week when, with NBC facing a revolt by affiliate stations furious over their sinking ratings, he decided to move Jay Leno back to late night after less than four months.