| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:43 AM
2013 will go down as a dark and dismal year in the history of Laguna Beach. It was the year Laguna couldn't make fun of itself.
As always, Orange County's most arts-heavy community offered plenty of excitement in the past 12 months. But one ingredient...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" hit at the end of 2013 like a contraption that is part stun gun and part paintball, jolting audiences and critics with its brash splatter of sex, drugs, greed and the amorality of wanton excess.
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:22 PM
When the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees last year, Oscar balloting had already closed and the DGA's slate — Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Tom Hooper — was widely expected to repeat when the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:22 AM
A youngster (Asa Butterfield, "Hugo") could be the last hope for humanity against an alien race in director-screenwriter Gavin Hood's visually cool adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel.
Playing off his "Star Wars" past, Harrison Ford is fun...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:47 PM
In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States.
Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:30 AM
For more than a century, Hollywood has relied on 35-millimeter film to capture its fleeting images and deliver them to the silver screen. Now, in a historic move, Paramount Pictures has become the first big studio to stop releasing its...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Asa Butterfield is the starry-eyed young actor who played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated "Hugo." He jumps up several levels to play Ender Wiggin, a pre-teen of the future called upon to save Earth from attack by insect-like alien invaders.
| Feb 12, 2014
| 6:59 PM
Late Monday afternoon, the lobby of the Gene Siskel Film Center was thick with expectations. The money guys hovered. They were about to see the result of their investments — they were about to see "Life Itself," the new Steve James documentary about...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 11:48 AM
For too long moviegoers have had little exposure to the short films nominated each year for an Oscar, certainly not in the weeks prior to the ceremony. The awards for shorts — defined as shorter than 40 minutes and divided into three categories:...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:00 AM
I never had dinner at Sue Mengers' house, and though I had a nodding acquaintance with her completely charming husband, director Jean-Claude Tramont, I never even met the woman in question.
But after seeing John Logan's "I"ll Eat You Last: A Chat With...
| Jan 29, 2012
While I have been extremely heartened by the reception of my movie"Hugo,"I feel that there is one area where we've been severely slighted.
I have been cautioned against speaking out on this issue lest I create the appearance of churlishness. Well, I'm...