| Feb 10, 2013
| 9:07 AM
Melissa McCarthy stole the show at the box office this weekend, proving she has the star power to attract moviegoers to theaters even during a blizzard.
"Identity Thief," her comedy co-starring Jason Bateman, easily ran away with the weekend's No. 1...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
In my final years in the public defender's office, identity theft became a factor for many clients wrongly accused of crimes. Someone would be arrested for a crime while possessing false identification in the client's name. After making bail, the...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 8:53 AM
"The Sapphires," which opens Friday, is the crowd-pleasing, based-on-actual-people story of four young Aboriginal women who team up with a male Irish manager and perform for American troops in Vietnam, so it's covering its bases internationally.
| Mar 28, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take "The Sapphires," the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam.
Already, many have seen it and liked it. If you enjoyed "Strictly Ballroom" or "The Commitments," which is to say if you fell...
| 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 13, 2013
| 12:05 AM
It's rare to catch Corona del Mar High senior Molly Rovzar off guard on the girls' lacrosse field.
She is a senior midfielder and team captain for the Sea Kings. Despite missing two games this year due to illness, she leads the team in most...