| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It's becoming an annual ritual: Each summer at this time, the studios review their box office numbers and assure us, "Don't worry, next year will be better."
Hence, while summer 2014 has been blah (down almost 20%), we're reminded that in 2015, the...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Lance Nelson spent Saturday morning surfing the choppy waves south of Manhattan Beach Pier, just like he has most days this summer.
More umbrellas than usual dotted the shoreline, signs of the Fourth of July holiday weekend crowd. Other than that, the...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 3:13 PM
After months of anticipation, Diagon Alley will open Tuesday morning at Universal Studios Florida, offering parkgoers shopping, dining and a 3D thrill ride in a setting that faithfully re-creates scenes from the blockbuster Harry Potter movies....
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:39 AM
Rob Caprilozzi saw "Jaws" when he was a little kid and it scared him so much he refused to go swimming for a long time.
"You could put me in a pool and I'd be positive there'd be a shark in there," Caprilozzi says.
He saw "Alien" a few years later....
| Aug 8, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It's a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:00 PM
It had been only two years since I'd graduated film school, and I was beginning to get quite serious about a girl who was at UC Davis studying life sciences. Robin had a bright, empirical mind, balanced by a kind, adventurous personality, and I was in...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Turner Classic Movies is set to present the U.S. TV premiere of Mark Cousins' acclaimed 15-hour documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," beginning Sept. 2.
The cable network will show Cousins' documentary with a complementary program of 119...
| Aug 1, 2013
SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orlando theme park more than three years ago. But that's unlikely to happen in the near future — not after the...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share.
Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today — most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes — studying at Oxford,...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:39 PM
It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum...