| Sep 6, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Hollywood would have to freeze over before the Catholic Church agreed to canonize the drinking, gambling, cussing old coot Bill Murray plays in Theodore Melfi's sweet-and-sour first feature, "St. Vincent." Even so, this refreshingly unorthodox tragicomedy...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Following in the footsteps of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Faye Dunaway will open France's 6th Lumiere- Grand Lyon Festival, attending for an opening evening gala screening of Arthur Penn's 1967 modern classic "Bonnie and Clyde," where she stars with Warren Beatty...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 3:36 PM
A new drama series leads the highlights for the coming week, which also features Shark Week, Summer Under the Stars and Channing Tatum.
1. "Legends," 9 p.m. Wednesday, TNT
Sean Bean's superb acting as a versatile undercover agent for the FBI...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Thom Andersen's beautiful, mordant 2003 cine-essay, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," screens at the Music Box Theatre for one night next week, Wednesday. It's finally coming to cable and home-viewing formats at the end of the month, 11 long years after its...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:15 PM
If you’ve been on the Web or social media the past 24 hours, you no doubt have caught some of the arguments about the Writers Guild list of the 101 best TV shows of all time. “The Wire” should be higher! “Seinfeld” over...
| 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...