| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:42 PM
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards.
But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...
| Dec 1, 2009
The Vietnam War still drags at us. Unlike the Civil War or World War II, we haven't figured out how to catalog it and put it away. It eludes definition; historians can't even make up their minds when it began and ended.
That lack of definition, suggests...
| Mar 13, 2009
Directed and co-written by Daniel Myrick, one of the creators of "The Blair Witch Project," "The Objective" tries to blend military engagement with sci-fi anxiety. A CIA operative is sent into Afghanistan just after 9/11 to assemble a team of soldiers and...
| Oct 30, 2009
August Coppola, a former literature professor who was the father of actor Nicolas Cage and brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, has died. He was 75.
Coppola died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, Cage'...
| May 13, 2009
Sidney N. Laverents, an award-winning amateur filmmaker whose technically impressive and infectiously humorous 1970 musical short film "Multiple SIDosis" earned a spot in the National Film Registry, has died. He was 100.
Laverents, a Depression-era...
| Dec 18, 2008
Sam Bottoms, a film and television actor who played the role of California surfer-turned-GI Lance Johnson in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now," has died. He was 53.
Bottoms died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of...
| Sep 18, 2007
TORONTO -- It was an offer he couldn't refuse. The Cannes Film Festival invited writer-director Richard Kelly to screen his second feature as part of its prestigious competition section. So Kelly took his "Southland Tales" to France in 2006, even though...
| Nov 3, 2008
In what could be the region's most ambitious, broadest-based artistic endeavor since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles Opera will join forces with more than 50 Southern California arts and educational institutions to stage a 10-week festival...
| Jul 4, 2010
The first thing you notice is the assured bearing and the deep, authoritative voice (this guy did play Morpheus, after all). Then the judicious observations, the strategic dropping of a timely anecdote, the eyes that calmly take your measure, like a...
| Aug 26, 2010
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it would present "The Godfather" director-producer Francis Ford Coppola with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and give honorary Oscars to British film...
| Apr 12, 2010
It will be interesting to see what kind of reception awaits Karl Marlantes' very fine Vietnam War novel, "Matterhorn." The American public's desire to read about that war has never been more than lukewarm. And Marlantes' epic story of U.S. Marines...