| 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...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Not long after Paul Feig created the beloved cult TV series "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999, studios began barraging him with coming-of-age sex comedy scripts, even though "Freaks," with its sweet, sympathetic portrait of the perils of adolescence, was...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The photograph is almost famous: a shot by Kevin Winter of actress Jennifer Lawrence that caught her just as she stumbled on her way to receive an Oscar this year.
The small drawings hanging beneath are less familiar: delicate images by P.E. Sharpe of a...
| 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...
| May 13, 2013
| 8:00 AM
There's one mountain in Hollywood that even "The Hunger Games'" scrappy heroine Katniss Everdeen hasn't been able to move: the number of roles for women.
Despite the success of recent female-driven movies such as "Bridesmaids" and the "Hunger Games" and...