| Aug 8, 2014
| 10:30 AM
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O'Neil in Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," but she's not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes,...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:44 PM
It's a safe bet that no one ventured a thought in 1990, when "Ghost" first hit movie theaters, that this would be a great plot for a live stage musical.
Since then, shows like "Legally Blonde" and "Dirty Dancing" have made such a transition, but "Ghost"...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Director Jason Reitman suspects he will get the same "Labor Day" question that dogged Joyce Maynard when she wrote her 2009 novel of the same name: How could any single mother invite an escaped prisoner into her home?
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Time was when hit Broadway shows were turned into movies. Now, judging by recent productions at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, it's the other way around.
Recent attractions at the center have included "Billy Elliot," "The Addams Family,"...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe smiled -- and at times sobbed -- as she testified Thursday about her memories of her former husband, offering one of the most intimate looks at the intensely private pop star during a 3½-month trial focused on his...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:00 AM
NEW YORK — Recently, writer John August watched a DVD of "Big Fish," the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton for which he wrote the screenplay.
He says it was an enjoyable but odd experience.
"I kept wondering, 'Why aren't they singing?'" recalls...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:16 AM
You say it's your birthday? It's their birthday too, yeah.
There were plenty of candles being blown out — literally and figuratively — as two of Costa Mesa's most venerable institutions hit a milestone in 2013. South Coast Repertory kicked...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Darko Tresnjak and Joey Parnes — the Broadway newbie and the veteran producer — sit in the orchestra section of the Walter Kerr Theatre looking remarkably serene. After all, it was the last day to put in any finishing touches before critics...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Steven-Charles Jaffe's first-rate documentary "Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird" appears right on the heels of "Dear Mr. Watterson," another enjoyable cinematic profile of a famed cartoonist ("Calvin and Hobbes'" Bill Watterson). But Jaffe's film...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 1:46 PM
The story of “Ghost the Musical” came from “Ghost” the film, a mega-hit in 1990 for Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.
Transferring that movie magic to the musical stage was the work of a creative team. including:...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 7:54 AM
Bruce Joel Rubin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 1990 hit movie "Ghost," did not feel a compelling need to revisit the work.
Not long after the film's release — it went on to earn half a billion dollars worldwide —...