| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:36 AM
A faulty blackboard sealed Russell Matthew's acting fate. As he took the prop on stage during a skit, it immediately fell apart.
"I took a chance to save face and ad-libbed a lament on the funding of our public school system," the Silver Spring...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Golden Globes, "Argo" won for best dramatic film and best director Ben Affleck, while the musical "Les Miserables" took home three Golden Globes -- for best musical or comedy, lead actor for Hugh Jackman and supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. "Lincoln"...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 6:00 AM
In "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have pulled off the improbable: They have built this season's prestige hit around congressional proceedings that might seem more appropriate for C-SPAN than the big screen.
| Dec 14, 2012
| 9:00 AM
If the movies are a feast or famine business — and they are — we are in the heart of the feast at the moment. Both the studios and the smaller distributors, having hidden away their strongest films like squirrels hoarding especially tasty...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 3:57 PM
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (PG-13). Bilbo Baggins begins a journey to reclaim a stolen treasure. With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage. TownMall Cinemas (11:00 a.m., 12:00*, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00*, 7:00, 7:30*, 8:00*, 10:50...
| Dec 27, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Oh, commerce and integrity. Can't you two ever get along?
Five years after Daniel Day-Lewis, his mustache and his oil derricks wreaked havoc in early 20th century California, star/co-writer Matt Damon and “Promised Land&...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 4:32 PM
"Django Unchained" (R). A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. TownMall Cinemas (12:15, 3:45, 7:20, 10:50 p.m.)
| Jan 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview.
The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...
| Feb 3, 2013
On New Year's Day 1863, Quinn Chapel, a black church in Chicago, hosted a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the Tribune's account, after Scripture was read and the choir sang, J. Stanley recited a poem he'd written for the...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:00 AM
On the eve of Oscar voting, we asked three academy members to let us peek at their ballots and tell us, anonymously, who they're voting for and why. Here's what they had to say:
OSCARS 2013: Full Coverage
PRODUCERS BRANCH: This 40ish Oscar nominee...