| Jan 9, 2012
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins...
| Jan 25, 2012
I was going to write about baby boomers and the midlife crisis, but then I realized two things:
One, most baby boomers have already had their midlife crisis, except, of course, for those who are planning to live to 125 or so.
And, two, I don't know much...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 3:22 PM
It’s a scene that I’ve watched a dozen or so times, even relived at Disneyland: Indiana Jones and his partner snake through a jungle temple to find a lost golden idol, then are chased out again by booby traps and a giant boulder.
| Feb 1, 2012
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 12:16 PM
It's distressing how a celebrity can own a certain fashion "look." I mean, all of a sudden Rick Santorum owns the sweater vest. Any guy who now wears one gets the reaction, "So, you trying to look like Rick Santorum?"
Or a mock turtleneck. Nobody can...
| Feb 9, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
FYI: When punching a lizard in the face, it’s called giving him “the thunder cookie.”
At least, that’s what Hank (Dwayne Johnson) calls it when protecting his stepson Sean (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Nine films were nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, but I think only my top three picks below have a real chance of winning. They're included here with some other movies that I think also deserved recognition:
1. "The Artist"—...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 1:23 PM
I saw Nirvana play several times before they got "big" in '91. They were just an underfed punk band playing hundreds of dates a year, traveling in a smelly van with all their equipment, a few dozen T-shirts and some old pizza boxes and empty beer cans....
| Sep 20, 2011
| 10:18 AM
The Walt Disney Co. is set to announce a major licensing deal to bring "Avatar" attractions to its theme parks, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
The Burbank entertainment giant has secured the rights from 20th Century Fox movie studio,...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 1:34 PM
The Walt Disney Co. will build a theme-park “land” based on the movie “Avatar” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the first step in a broader licensing deal that will lead to similar attractions in Disney parks worldwide.
| Nov 9, 2011
| 3:19 PM
The Brewer's Alley brew pub in the heart of downtown has been chugging along for 15 years, slowly adding artisanal beers to its stable, resisting temptation to expand when it seemed every wannabe brewer with some start-up capital and a disdain for...