| Feb 9, 2014
| 11:56 AM
"12 Years a Slave" on Saturday evening won the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award honoring the year's best adapted screenplay as well as the author of the work on which it's based.
Screenwriter John Ridley shared the award with relatives of Solomon...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and,...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:55 PM
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus...
| Sep 29, 2013
In his first novel, the surprise best-seller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (2009), Jamie Ford told the story of a Chinese-American boy and his romance with a Japanese-American girl while her people were interned during World War...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Montoya keeps a mental library of depictions of L.A. gleaned from "Chinatown," "Repo Man," "Mulholland Drive," the novels of James Ellroy, and other pop-culture texts.
So when he began adapting his neo-noir stage drama "Water & Power" for the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:15 PM
For much of last year, Amy Pascal was under fire.
The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment presided over two of last year's big-budget bombs, "After Earth" and "White House Down." Her studio reported losses of $181 million for the summer months....
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:42 PM
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays — and turned down 1,960 of them.
The rejects were an...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In his new memoir, "The Fat Lady Sang," legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans recalls taking an overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York in the late 1950s when he was an up-and-coming film actor.
The plane had six sleeping berths in the tail...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Ordinarily, there are two reasons to see a one-person play about a historical figure. Audience members of "The Belle of Amherst" or "Tru" get to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson or Truman Capote, basking in their presence, while watching a master...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rose Rodriguez took her seat inside the cavernous former ticketing concourse in Union Station while her husband went to fetch some coffee.
She wasn't waiting for a train but for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Wampler's Ascent," about a...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:01 PM
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available...