September 13, 2012 |
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to pretend the film, written and directed by Jamie Linden (the screenwriter of "Dear John" and the fine "We Are Marshall"), is deeper and more essential than it actually is; there's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent guys and gals who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily - and expectedly - than others.
September 2, 2010 |
Like many comic actors, when he doesn't have to be "on," Charlie Day can be almost unrecognizably normal. "People have to remember that we write and produce that television show, which is a pretty heavy workload," says the calm, bearded star of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and costar of the new romantic comedy "Going the Distance. " "So when I'm not playing a character that is huffing glue and eating cat food and sleeping in my long underwear with Danny DeVito [as on the show]
August 30, 2013 |
Television host Leeza Gibbons and her husband, Steven Fenton, have sold a gated estate in Beverly Hills for $6.9 million. Built in 2007, the two-story Mediterranean features a screening room, a study/office, a gym, six bedrooms, five bathrooms and 6,333 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre lot includes an outdoor living room, outdoor kitchen and a swimming pool with a spa. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Gibbons, 56, won a Daytime Emmy this year for hosting “My Generation.” Her new daytime show, “America Now,” starts in September.
August 28, 2013 |
Rupert Murdoch has closed on the Moraga Vineyards Estate in Bel-Air five months after entering escrow. The News Corp. chairman paid $28.8 million for the 13-acre winery and mansion. The property, which was listed earlier this year at $29.5 million, has an on-site wine cave, a 7,500-square-foot main residence, a guesthouse and a swimming pool, among other amenities. Murdoch, 82, is also chief executive of 21 st Century Fox. The media mogul billionaire has been discussed as a potential buyer for the Tribune Co. newspapers, which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
August 22, 2013 |
Screenwriter Melissa Mathison has sold her Malibu home for $9.6 million to commercial real estate developer and USC benefactor Sonny Astani. The Zen-inspired home, built in 1973, incorporates fireplace stone, Balinese wood and other materials gathered from around the world by earlier owner Gail Zappa, wife of the late musician Frank Zappa. The 3,940-square-foot home contains six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property has 84 feet of ocean bluff frontage and deeded beach access.
August 24, 2013 |
Wilmer Valderrama, perhaps best known for his role as exchange student Fez on “That '70s Show,” has listed his Tarzana compound for sale at $3.495 million. As compounds go, this has something a little extra. There's a sand volleyball court with a misting system. And the ornate carved wooden bar is an eye-popper. Set behind gates and encompassing 2.2 acres, the compound includes a 5,000-square-foot contemporary main house, a 1,700-square-foot guest house, a 2,300-square-foot office/gym, a swimming pool and a tennis court.
August 23, 2013 |
Michael C. Hall, who starred on "Dexter," has listed the Ronald Colman estate home in Hollywood Hills for sale at $2.35 million. Designed and built in 1926 for Colman, a British actor who straddled the silent and talking film eras, the Spanish-style estate features a main house, guest house and tennis court-turned-garden on a third of an acre. Features of the walled property include a courtyard garden and outdoor dining area, a media room, a wine room, five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 4,600 square feet of living space.
August 30, 2012 |
A meek, mild-mannered movie about phone sex, "For a Good Time, Call…" offers a scattershot take on the recent trend of female-centric comedies. It's a showcase for writing that doesn't dazzle and a story of self-discovery that reveals no new insights. Written by real-life friends Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Anne Miller, the film stars Miller as a young woman named Lauren who is knocked off-course when her boyfriend breaks up with her because he finds her boring. She begrudgingly moves in with Katie (Ari Graynor)