| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The last time Oscar voters surprised with a best picture winner came eight years ago when Jack Nicholson opened the evening's final envelope, arched those famous eyebrows and announced "Crash."
He then mouthed the word "Whoa!"
Most years, Hollywood...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 10:30 AM
In preparing to ring in the new year, let's bid a not-so-fond farewell to seven media trends that remained inordinately prominent - and especially tiresome - during 2013.
Granted, this farewell is, at best, temporary. Media folk are, after all, creatures...
| 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...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Could Leonardo DiCaprio win the Oscar for "The Wolf of Wall Street"? Any other year, the answer would be an easy yes.
Many consider Matthew McConaughey the frontrunner and DiCaprio embodies the biggest advantage and disadvantage in Oscar-voters eyes:...
| 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...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Greg Finley often worried about his character's -- and thus his -- chances of surviving the first season of The CW's new series "Star-Crossed."
In the "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired drama premiering at 7 p.m. Monday, 29-year-old Finley plays Drake, a member...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage.
This a dynasty or a soap...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 9:04 PM
Would you care for some Crazy Cheese? Why yes, yes I would. But I would also be OK with some Kraft Easy Cheese. Or some Wis Pride Port Wine spreadable cheese...
On Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" on AMC, Michonne tempts Carl with a can of...
| 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."...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Referring to a movie or filmmaker as “genre” is often a subtle way to undermine them, placing them in a specific, confined box and leaving them there. This, of course, overlooks the ways in which many of the greatest filmmakers, from Howard...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 10:09 AM
Jennifer Lawrence's looks bring up fond memories for one 76-year-old actor and fellow Oscar winner -- fond memories that warrant some lavish gift-giving. This generous gentleman's name? Jack Nicholson.
Earlier this year, the "American Hustle" star...