| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on.
So naturally, when...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:15 AM
For many actors, Academy Award-nominated performances are to die for.
Or, rather, if you play a character who dies — or who's dealing with illness or disability — your chances of earning a nomination and even the win go up significantly....
| May 13, 2013
SPRINGDALE, Utah — There comes a moment when you step backward off a cliff, clinging to a rope the width of your pinkie, and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?"
It's inevitable. Fear of heights (and its close cousin, fear of falling) is as deeply...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Robert Redford was going down with the ship.
Yes, the character he plays in writer-director J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," which arrives in theaters Friday, is a lone traveler on the Indian Ocean whose sailboat is taking on water from a gash in its hull....
| Oct 12, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Why should HBO have all the World War II miniseries? FX is getting in business with Oscar-winning director-writer-producer team Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson for a 10-part WW II miniseries.
The based-on-a-true-story miniseries...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
From the start, Fox Searchlight was confident that "12 Years a Slave" would win critical acclaim and be an awards contender.
Getting people to see it? The film's distributor feared that would be a different story.
The new movie depicts the evils of...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Ava DuVernay has proved that there is little she can't do. The publicist-turned-writer-director-distributor who was just invited into the Motion Picture Academy has already directed two micro-budgeted films that have garnered her critical acclaim: 2011'...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It may not be factual, but it's truthful.
It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate.
But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 11:00 AM
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career.
And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing.
It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If...
| May 11, 2011
| 6:37 PM
This is one event that folks look forward to all year long. More than 650 citizens converged upon the Halecrest Swim and Tennis Club in Costa Mesa last week to sample "Wild and Crazy" tacos prepared by 28 local star chefs. It was the 18th annual Share Our...
| Jul 23, 2011
It looks a little bit like a body board, and it does ride the waves — sound waves, that is. Meet the harpejji, a fretted string instrument invented and built in the Baltimore area.
Coldplay bought one. A.R. Rahman, who composed the score to...