| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Classic mystery conventions have provided fertile creative ground for any number of young American filmmakers in recent years, as evidenced by Rian Johnson's "Brick," Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather" and now Lawrence Michael Levine's "Wild Canaries."...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP's bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:50 PM
FRESNO — The state's new effort to map the areas most at risk from pollution features hot spots up and down California.
But nowhere are there more of the worst-afflicted areas than in Fresno — in particular a 3,000-person tract of the city's...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Twenty years ago, film critic Danny Peary released a wonderful book called "Alternate Oscars," which compared his own choices for Best Picture, Actor and Actress to the Academy's for every year from 1928 to 1991. Not surprisingly, he agreed with Best...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 11:23 AM
It would be hard to find someone who worked with three-time Oscar-winning movie and music producer Saul Zaentz and came out of it feeling neutral about him.
Some admired him, including director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for two Zaentz films, "One...
| Sep 22, 2013
On the weekends in the early ‘80s, my dad would often take me and my sister to Trumbull Inn, a bar in Colorado’s South Platte River basin where he drank beer and played horseshoes (I know it seems strange to urban sensibilities that parents...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 6:05 AM
Cary Grant is generally considered the best screen actor of all time. But he was nominated just twice in his long career, and he never won.
Oscar nominators saluted him for the dramas "Penny Serenade" and "None But the Lonely Heart." Those are hardly...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Bruce Dern, shirt untucked, white hair mussed ("I have always been a fan of attractive disarray," he says, chuckling), is between bites of his grilled cheese sandwich, holding court inside Paramount Pictures' executive dining room. Everyone knows him...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:42 AM
June Squibb, who looks exactly like a June Squibb, is short and stocky, with a round, kind face. That warm exterior, however, distracts from the tougher, Midwestern matter-of-factness that seems to rest just beneath. She does not appear to be the type...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:26 AM
Evelyn Lozada of "Basketball Wives" is engaged to the Dodgers' Carl Crawford.
The baseball star popped the question on Christmas Day.
The pregnant starlet made the announcement with an Instagram photo, simply captioning a picture of the enormous...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 9:00 AM
June Squibb was in a bit of shock when she first saw her performance as the tart-tongued wife of Bruce Dern's character in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
Squibb had encountered women like the controlling, outspoken Kate growing up in a small town in...