| Feb 13, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
Among many reasons the “Twilight” movie franchise didn’t work, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) make lousy characters, separately and together. Be it the script, the performances, whatever: The...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 7:54 AM
When classy, pedigreed British actors go hog-wild under the flowering dogwood trees of a Southern Gothic setting, often the results are good. Just as often they're so bad they're good. And sometimes, as is the case with Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson in...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 1:50 PM
"Safe Haven" will find no refuge at the box office the weekend, as the latest "Die Hard" movie is set to annihilate the competition.
"A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, is expected to gross a robust $55...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 4:46 PM
I never thought I'd regret not having reviewed any of the "Twilight" series. Now I do, because it would have been only a few moments' work to cut and paste several paragraphs, run some search-and-replaces ("caster" for "vampire," "Ethan" for "Belle"), and...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 10:51 AM
"2016 Obama's America" (PG). Documentary based on Dinesh D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." TownMall Cinemas (12:45 p.m.)
"Dredd" (R). In the future, a tough cop serves as judge, jury and executioner. With Karl Urban, Olivia...
| Sep 11, 2011
| 8:43 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle Of Wight, England on this day in 1948. This birthday guy won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune," and won Emmys for his work in "Elizabeth I" and "The...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 1:28 PM
"Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead"
By Paula Byrne HarperCollins, 384 pages, $25.99
The movie, they say, rarely surpasses the book. Notable exceptions of course come to mind, but none so forcibly as John Mortimer’s glorious...
| May 20, 2011
| 10:29 AM
For the record, Francois Arnaud did not fall off his horse while filming “The Borgias” for Showtime. (Note from Curt: I've updated this interview with videos and more Q&A about Season 2 below the main story.)
“I never fell off my horse!...
| Jul 31, 2011
When he was a kid in the 1960s, Jerry Mitchell visited the Hollywood Bowl for the first time. "We got to walk on the stage," he recalls. "I looked out and said, 'This is amazing. This is what I want to do.'"
Mitchell is back at the Bowl, where he will...
| Jun 16, 2011
"We were writing a story for Chris Meloni's character's mother, and she was going to be bipolar. Immediately we thought Ellen Burstyn."
So began Neal Baer's wooing of the Oscar-winning Burstyn to the set of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." "We had...
| Jul 24, 2011
A History of the Papacy
John Julius Norwich
Random House: 513 pp., $30
When preeminent British historian John Julius Norwich tells us in the introduction to his sweeping history of the Catholic papacy that his job is to give us "a...