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]
December 19, 2013 |
The new 3-D nature tale "Walking With Dinosaurs" is nothing like its predecessors. I don't mean the creatures of the Jurassic Period, which came before the Cretaceous Period that is the movie's staging ground. Not the "Jurassic Park" period either, when that great paleontologist Steven Spielberg introduced rampaging dinosaurs to a new generation. No, I'm referring to the late 20th century when "Walking With Dinosaurs" roamed the BBC's airwaves as an excellent TV natural history series narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
August 26, 2013 |
The Hollywood Hills West estate of Micheline Muselli Lerner, a former wife of lyricist and playwright Alan Jay Lerner, has sold for $6.5 million. The French-style house, designed by noted architect John Elgin Woolf and built in 1939, sits behind gates and hedges on a 1.4-acre promontory with city and ocean views. Features include a center hall, four fireplaces, an office, maid's quarters, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,776 square feet of living space. Muselli Lerner became an attorney at 20 in France and worked with the Resistance during the German occupation in World War II as a criminal defense lawyer.
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 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 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.
September 3, 2013 |
Shirley Temple Black's early childhood home in Santa Monica sold for its asking price of $2.489 million in less than two weeks of coming on the market. The Spanish style-house, built in 1926, features vaulted wood beam ceilings, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,966 square feet of living space. The yard is planted with apricot, apple and plum trees. Black, 85, starred in such hit films as “Bright Eyes,” “Curly Top” and “Heidi” during the 1930s and won an honorary Juvenile Academy Award.
August 28, 2013 |
Actor Eriq La Salle has sold a classy-looking home in the 90210 ZIP Code for an undisclosed amount. The last listing price was $6.495 million. The Tuscan villa-inspired house, remodeled in 2006, has panoramic skyline views and sits on close to half an acre with a swimming pool, spa and guest house. The 6,000 square feet of living space features wood-beam ceilings, a copper fireplace, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a weight room, floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.