October 7, 2011 |
When a political thriller is called "The Ides of March," it's safe to presume it's not going to celebrate the gracious pleasures of good government. Referencing the betrayal and assassination of Roman emperor Julius Caesar lets us know that darker forces are going to be given free rein, the darker the better. Directed by George Clooney (who headlines along with a powerhouse cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright)
September 25, 2011 |
The Dow Jones industrial average was plummeting and President Obama was on the air, seeking to calm the nation and the markets. Inside the Studio City offices of his production company Smoke House, George Clooney searched the TV screen, looking for the charismatic senator the actor had supported in the 2008 election. But Obama this August morning looked defensive and a bit gassed; life in the White House, it seemed, was grinding him down. "I think he's getting beat around," Clooney said, the way a Little League dad might cheer on a son struggling on the pitching mound.
June 10, 2011
SERIES The Singing Bee: This new episode features the music of Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Sugarland (8 p.m. CMT). Whale Wars: Capt. Paul Watson realizes that the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker will soon be intercepted by the harpoon ships they're tailing, and he orders the scout vessel to meet them at the rendezvous, where the captains discuss strategy in this new episode (9 p.m. Animal Planet). Dual Survival: Dave and Cody survive in the scorched desert of Baja, Mexico, in this new episode (9 p.m. Discovery)
February 26, 2010
Kyle Patrick Alvarez's totally captivating "Easier With Practice" is the kind of film that can make going to the movies so rewarding. This fresh and flawless adaptation of an autobiographical story by Davy Rothbart is a joy to behold. Its people are in their 20s, but what they experience is ageless, timeless and universal. With "The Hurt Locker" and several other key films before that, notably "Jarhead," Brian Geraghty emerges as an engaging actor of impressive range and depth and a winning understated manner.
November 22, 2009 |
Before signing on to star as the lead detective in CBS' missing-persons drama "Cold Case," Kathryn Morris was courted by Steven Spielberg and Rod Lurie. She played every male's fantasy in HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man" and in John Woo's "Paycheck." Now, seven years into playing "Cold Case's" Lilly Rush, Morris says she's more content than ever. Spielberg sought you out after seeing your performance in Lurie's political thriller "The Contender." He later cast you in "Minority Report" and "AI."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2009 |
In February, more than three decades after movie director Roman Polanski decided the judge in a child-sex case was giving him a raw deal and fled to France, another Los Angeles judge extended an olive branch: There's evidence you weren't treated fairly, the judge said. But if you want to ask that the charges be dismissed, he added, you must return to the U.S. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza gave Polanski 2 1/2 months to turn himself in.