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  • 'No Stranger Than Love' to close film festival

     'No Stranger Than Love' to close film festival
    Nick Wernham can rattle off a list of modern directors who have influenced him: Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne, Joel and Ethan Coen.
  • Underrated for years, Bob Odenkirk gets the call for 'Saul'

    Underrated for years, Bob Odenkirk gets the call for 'Saul'
    A few years ago, on a TV show that you likely never watch and probably never heard of but eventually might appreciate, Bob Odenkirk crafted a brief and remarkable performance. In fact, until Odenkirk joined AMC's acclaimed "Breaking Bad" in 2009 as the...

    'Last Man on Earth' has the last laugh

     'Last Man on Earth' has the last laugh
    So if the world as we know it suddenly ended — let's leave the details aside for the moment — how would you spend your time on a depopulated but otherwise mostly intact planet? Most people probably haven't thought this one through in much...

    Pining for sophisticated comedy in a world of raunch

    It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and '40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation than ever before —...

    'Sideways' and 'Daniel Boone': Two reunions in Central Coast wine country

    'Sideways' and 'Daniel Boone': Two reunions in Central Coast wine country
    California's Central Coast is best known for the quality of its wine, but that reputation has come with a little help from show biz. This month, two notable reunions will pay tribute to that connection. One is set to takes place Aug. 16 at the Fess...