| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
When it premiered on September 23, 1994, "The Shawshank Redemption" barely registered at the box office. The prison drama opened at No. 9, below the odious sex comedy "Exit to Eden" and just above Robert Redford's "Quiz Show," already in its fifth week....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 6:15 AM
Diva Rule No. 1: Know how to make a big entrance. Diva Rule No. 2: Know how to make a big exit.
Diva Rule No. 3: Do these things as often as humanly possible.
The return earlier this month of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" marked the end of the midseason...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Propaganda today has a nasty connotation; it suggests something cheesy, manipulative, in the service of a dishonorable cause.
During World War II, however, cinematic propaganda became an elevated art, practiced with unusual expertise by five great...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed black-and-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In his...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:00 PM
The parrot wasn't talking.
"I'm teaching her to say, 'I miss Mace,''' said Mace Neufeld, who at 85 reckons the bird, whose name is Margie, will outlast him.
With no words of affection forthcoming, Neufeld, a New Yorker who landed in Beverly Hills back...
| May 28, 2013
Tuesday, May 28 Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Of course, having yesterday off makes today feel like a Monday... We had perfect weather for all of the Memorial Day remembrance events. It's so important to take a moment and honor those who...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Mar 3, 2013
Jeanine Basinger has been happily married for 45 years, so she knows a lot about how to make a marriage work. Basinger, the founder and director of the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, also knows a lot about marriage movies,...
| Dec 1, 2013
What ever happen to Tiny Tim after Scrooge became benefactor to the Cratchett family that famous Christmas morning? Did he survive that operation? Did he go to Oxford? Or did he end up a busker outside a seedy music hall in East London?
| Nov 18, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Nothing unites the people of the Internet quite like hatin' on something together. So the press release Monday afternoon announcing a sequel to the beloved holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was met with the sort of overwhelming derision that...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:32 AM
After the coffee. Before drinking more coffee because I'm on no sleep!
The Skinny: Last Monday, I was up late breaking news about New York Times reporter Brian Stelter going to CNN. Last night, I was up even later breaking news about the latest in...