| Nov 14, 2013
| 3:55 PM
It's the letter everyone's received. The one that gets your attention by saying you've won a million dollars but is actually all about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Producer Saul Zaentz, who won best picture Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," died Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 92 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's.
The entrepreneurial and famously...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 10:32 AM
Saul Zaentz, the fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decades has died. He was 92.
Zaentz died Friday at his home San Francisco from complications of Alzheimer'...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column The term "bucket list" gained currency six years ago with the release of a movie by that name. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson starred as terminally ill men out to check items off an aspirational list of......
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:16 PM
James M. Cain's 1934 novel of passion, murder, and (just maybe) love — one of the progenitors of the noir attitude — has been filmed roughly a dozen times, often without attribution, in France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Hungary, and — I kid...
| Nov 21, 2013
Let us now praise two actors, one who stars in "Nebraska," one who didn't.
Now 77, Bruce Dern deserves every accolade and honor coming his way thanks to "Nebraska," director Alexander Payne's rueful comedy about a fogged-in career alcoholic, living in...
| Aug 14, 2013
When I tell people I live in California, they almost always ask where. But when they hear Los Angeles, all too often their faces fall. They were hoping, I suspect, for Sausalito or Pebble Beach.
To them Los Angeles is a place of flat, seemingly...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Amy Poehler landed a joke about slavery, Bono paid moving tribute to Nelson Mandela, Leonardo DiCaprio launched the term "Philomania," and Jacqueline Bisset, well, one doesn't like to conjecture but, in the end, she did leave the stage under her own...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Director Alexander Payne knows his way around Oscar-worthy films and great actors. He proved it in "Sideways" with Paul Giamatti, "The Descendants" with George Clooney and "About Schmidt" with Jack Nicholson. Payne takes the time to develop his characters...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Wherever you go in town this time of year you're likely to run into a filmmaker. Or an actor. Or at least a producer.
It's not that normally inaccessible movie stars are suddenly becoming pedestrian friendly. It's just that in this corridor of time known...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Filmmaker Alexander Payne has a subtle gift of infusing the most fraught of relationships with a quiet humanity. He's particularly astute at catching the crosscurrents when it comes to men: George Clooney's grieving but betrayed spouse in "The...