| Mar 21, 2013
Disney has released the opening title sequence for Sam Raimi's $200-million fantasy “Oz the Great and Powerful” online, and before ......
| Jul 20, 2012
| 2:42 PM
They say all good things must come to an end. With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business. I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools. There are several reasons why I'm switching...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 1:06 PM
When 4-year-olds scribble with crayon and dads tell them that they're da Vinci, or 6-year-olds warble off-key and moms exclaim that they sound like Celine Dion, the result can be an extremely annoying child.
Throw in pretension on a scale endemic to...
| Sep 9, 2011
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful.
I found time to...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 1:40 AM
“Jane Eyre” star Mia Wasikowska is very excited about being in Chicago for the first time and has something somewhat surprising she’d want to do if she had time.
“I would totally do a drive-by [of] Kevin’s house from ‘...
| May 2, 2011
| 11:39 AM
Since Jodie Foster’s now-25-year-old niece was a little girl, the two-time Oscar winner (“The Accused,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) has told her the same thing.
“If you ever kill a bunch of people in a 7-11 with a...
| May 22, 2011
His friends knew he had a way with words. So when some filmmakers acquainted with Jo Nesbo asked the Norwegian crime writer to suggest a title for their upcoming horror movie, he tried to oblige.
After musing on the story — friends go on a...
| Dec 8, 2011
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross | "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Early in the process for scoring "The Social Network," hard rock veterans Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross confessed to feeling out of their element.
Sitting recently on his Beverly Hills...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 3:55 PM
Stieg Larsson fans know that the three Lisbeth Salander films released here last year also exist in a longer version aired as a TV miniseries in Europe. Now, in sync with the opening of David Fincher's American “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,”...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 3:54 PM
As a general rule, roughly 99% of remakes fall somewhere between the awful and the utterly redundant — particularly when there was nothing wrong with the original. But, in Hollywood terms, there was one thing fatally wrong about the original “...
| Dec 19, 2011
*** (out of four)
No hard feelings, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev. In helming the poorly paced 2009 Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” you tried your best. But David Fincher now owns you.
With his English language...