| Jul 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
The female-comedy renaissance epitomized by "Bridesmaids" added a new notch to its holster this weekend with the success of "The Heat."
Featuring slapstick physical comedy and a plot involving a mysterious Keyser Soze-like drug dealer (I'll admit I...
| 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,...
| 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 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 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| May 30, 2013
| 12:15 PM
A Grumpy Cat movie is in development, and the famously unhappy feline will speak in the film.
We can think of plenty of sourpusses in Hollywood, but it would take a special talent to voice this particularly disdainful kitty, a mixed breed female named...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:15 AM
When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen.
"It's not your...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Now that we've raised the "mission accomplished" banner on the "Arrested Development" reunion, can we get the wheels in motion and reassemble the cast of another dearly departed cult TV favorite -- "Freaks and Geeks"?
"Oh, we couldn't afford them,"...
| May 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
For Bill Hader fans, Saturday was a dark day, as it marked the actor's last episode as a regular cast member of "Saturday Night Live."
Hader, 34, takes with him beloved characters like enthusiastic "Weekend Update" city correspondent Stefon, creepy...
| 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...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...