| Feb 18, 2011
This year's Oscar contenders in the nonfiction shorts category reflect the academy's preference for documentaries with a socially conscious message rather than more experimental or open-ended explorations.
Clocking in at about 40 minutes each, all five...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 12:56 PM
Rita St. Clair and her staff turned to an ancient classic when the Baltimore interior designer was asked to decorate a room upon her induction into the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame. The group wanted a fabric to accent a number of pieces in the...
| Feb 19, 2011
As the Berlin International Film Festival kicked off last week, the upheaval in Egypt was on everyone's lips here in the German capital. But it was the bitter aftermath of Iran's 2009 populist uprising that truly infused this year's Berlinale.
| Feb 22, 2011
Executive producer on 'Narnia' series
Perry Moore, 39, an executive producer of "The Chronicles of Narnia" film series and the author of an award-winning novel about a gay teenager with superpowers, died Thursday at a New York hospital after...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
For many years, jazz singer/scatman extraordinaire Ron Cooper was a figure in Chicago jazz, performing at the Green Mill and influencing local staples like Von Freeman and Fareed Haque (both of whom appear in this documentary, shot...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 11:47 AM
All too often, hideous fires make the news, and victims are soon forgotten. Not so with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
The 146 people who died in that ghastly fire in New York's Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911, became the symbols for what...
| Feb 27, 2011
If a student dared to use the word "reveal" in a story, Alhambra High School journalism teacher Ted Tajima would wield his red pencil and boom in his eloquent baritone, "Only God reveals."
To his students, he was "T" or "Mr. T," a man of inspiration...
| Feb 24, 2011
| 2:26 PM
A vinyl-sticker depiction of President Obama has appeared on a wall in Montrose in the style as the world-renowned, yet secretive, graffiti street artist Banksy.
The vinyl-sticker — on a concrete wall on Ocean View Boulevard near Foothill...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 3:07 PM
"The King's Speech" was crowned best film at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Nominated for 12 Oscars -- the most of any film -- it won four statuettes, including for Colin Firth for lead actor, Tom Hooper for director, and David Seidler for...
| Jun 19, 2011
For thousands of years, the high, arid San Luis Valley has spawned tales of the strange and the fantastic.
Native Americans called it the Bloodless Valley, setting aside their weapons as they made vision quests up sacred Blanca Peak, the great sentinel...
| Feb 26, 2011
Jamie Oliver presses a "happy cow" veggie burger on me with the fervor of a believer handing out religious pamphlets. He asks me whether I love it, but his smile is pure certainty that I will -- and even love him for making it. He's stepped out from the...