| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths.
Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years....
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:14 PM
Legendary Entertainment is expanding its television production repertoire by acquiring Asylum Entertainment, the firm behind the biographical miniseries "The Kennedys."
Legendary, the entertainment company controlled by film producer and financier...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 10:30 AM
It took producer Brian Grazer more than a dozen years — and an assist from Mick Jagger — to finally get on the good foot and make a biopic out of the turbulent, triumphant life of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, music legend James...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Twenty years ago, film critic Danny Peary released a wonderful book called "Alternate Oscars," which compared his own choices for Best Picture, Actor and Actress to the Academy's for every year from 1928 to 1991. Not surprisingly, he agreed with Best...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Winning an Oscar — or just being nominated — can transform a Hollywood future. Yet just because some actors and filmmakers weren't shortlisted for an Academy Award doesn't mean their great work is going unrewarded.
Critics have rightly...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:09 AM
Last year closed with several strong candidates for Best Picture. It's hard to narrow them down to a 10-best list, but these are my picks without ranking them in order.
This was a hallmark year with three major films focused on the African American...
| Jun 17, 2012
Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" fame has listed his house in the Hollywood Hills at $1.995 million.
Built in 1933 as a Spanish-style home with a red tile roof, the house was modernized by mid-century architect Hal Levitt, who used it as his personal...
| Apr 9, 2013
Actors who portray professional baseball players are not themselves professional baseball players. So hitting home runs—or just making contact with the ball—isn’t automatic.
“There [were] some times when I struck out. Struck out...
| Apr 11, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
“42,” the almost automatically inspirational account of Jackie Robinson’s entrance to major league baseball in the late 1940s, wastes no time trumpeting its story’s rousing power.
“I’m gonna bring...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 10:52 AM
"After all them years, all that double talk — the white man's finally moving in," says one Negro League barnstormer to another, after a teammate gets a call from the Brooklyn Dodgers about a historic opportunity.
The scene in question sounds...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 11:28 PM
PASADENA — Part nostalgia, part reality, Hollywood and Pasadena came together Friday morning at ArcLight Cinema in Paseo Colorado for a celebration of Legendary Pictures’ release of “42,” a biography on the early life and playing...