| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 AM
When the Toronto International Film Festival announced its high-profile premieres on Tuesday, the lineup was filled with the expected prestige — an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed.
The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 10:28 AM
"The Heat" has all the elements you'd expect from a buddy cop movie — the oil-and-water partnership, the car chases, the wisecracks — and a few you wouldn't — for instance, a scene involving Spanx.
Faithfully conforming to the macho...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:26 PM
"The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the latest entry in a long-running and much-loved movie joke: the buddy-cop comedy. In this case, a bosom-buddy cop comedy.
The movie follows a well-beaten path. They're cops, they're enemies,...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Coming off a disappointing TV season, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee is ratcheting up his "four quadrant" plan to boost the network's fortunes.
In ABC lingo, that means fielding prime-time shows that appeal to women and men, young and old....
| Aug 12, 2013
| 1:40 PM
A true story is the source of usual action director Michael Bay's ("Transformers") often violent comedy, which some of the actual people involved weren't pleased about seeing turned into a source of humor.
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 9:53 AM
The dark and twisty hit novel "Gone Girl" is taken to task by the best practitioner of dark literary arts, Mary Gaitskill, in this fall's Bookforum -- puzzlingly, about 15 months after the book's publication.
Writer Mary Gaitskill is among the best...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy merge their comedic styles as seemingly mismatched law enforcers in writer Katie Dippold's action comedy that reteams McCarthy with her "Bridesmaids" director, Paul Feig. The action isn't shortchanged as Bullock plays...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:12 PM
It took a spry teenager to get the Corona del Mar High girls' tennis team into "spry blue" uniforms.
Her name is Kenzie Purcifull.
At the start of Purcifull's sophomore year, Coach Brian Ricker gave team uniform responsibilities to her mother, Renee....
| Sep 24, 2013
| 7:00 AM
ABC is going all in on Tuesday nights, with four new shows premiering, beginning with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D". Considering that show's cat's cradle of demographic attractions — Comic books! Joss Whedon! Clark Gregg!! — ABC decided...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:50 PM
"Family Tree" (HBO, premieres Sunday). Christopher Guest has made you a TV series. Thank him. The director of "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show" and one of the forces behind and in "This Is Spinal Tap" -- in which he was Nigel Tufnel, whose amplifier went...