| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Does torture work?
It is a Bush-era debate that has found Obama-era relevance because of a new movie, "Zero Dark Thirty," in which torture seems to work quite well.
The film, an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, is being sold as a fact-based accounting of...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:41 AM
Bruce Dern runs.
Almost every day.
He has run most of his life. A track star at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka in the late 1950s, he tried out for the Olympic team in 1956 (but finished ninth in his division). On camera, though, Dern,...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Stars of "Saturday Night Live," even the complicated ones born and raised in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, don't tend to move back and take up residence in Ukrainian Village. Manhattan usually proves seductive, and then there is the siren...
| Jan 23, 2010
I once tried to pick up Ed Begley Jr.
Before your mind dives for the gutter, it was 2004, not long after Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor, and I rented a Hummer to write about whether it was all that its most famous fancier believed it to be. I...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 6:42 AM
Bud Selig contends his sport is “cleaner than it has ever been,’’ and he’s right, if only because baseball couldn’t be worse than the 1990’s and early 2000’s after Selig’s bunch seemingly to a man at...
| Nov 29, 2007
Jack is back!
Warner Bros. had to turn away at least 50 Screen Actors Guild members at an overflowing screening of "The Bucket List" at the TV Academy in North Hollywood last night.
About 600 strong filled every seat and then some for the rare and...
| Dec 11, 2007
With critics groups chiming in from New York, L.A., Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this week, a predictable pattern is emerging.
The nation's top movie reviewers are in a pessimistic mood, splitting their best picture prizes, so far, between...
| Dec 13, 2007
Don't let anyone tell you that this year's awards season is anything but a nail-biter.
The week began with the nation's top critics groups dividing their love basically between the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There...
| Jun 13, 2010
Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times magazine, March 29, 1998
I am just steps out of John Wooden's condo when I realize he has, once again, transformed me into Jack Nicholson, gazing across the dinner table at Helen Hunt. Wooden has made me want to be...
| Jun 3, 2009
Could this be it? The push out of the recession rut? A salve for our economic pain? The Orlando Magic's march to the NBA Finals has been good for Orlando.
The team's championship series against the Los Angeles Lakers will be even better.
| Jan 21, 2010
| 8:12 PM
In today's edition of the Friday files, we're spotlighting lackluster candidates, imprisoned innocents and your letters.
But first, a look at the massive debt this country is racking up.
Many of us have been concerned about this growing mountain of...