| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:10 AM
We bring to the movies whatever childhoods we had, and whatever television we watched to keep real life at bay, one half-hour at a time.
The frantic, occasionally funny new animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is a 3-D big-screen version of a...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 12:32 PM
"Is it hard to be a comedian?" asks Nick Gaza at "The Nasty Show" at the Laugh Factory last Saturday night. "No, it's hard not to be a comedian."
It reminds me of something Mel Brooks once said, that "life literally abounds in comedy if you just look...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 8:11 PM
When E.T., the extraterrestrial, and his human chum Elliott reached across the cosmos to share a luminous touch of the fingertips, Anthony Goldschmidt was the unseen hand that brought them together.
Goldschmidt also was on the job when Thelma and Louise...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 2:51 PM
I love watching westerns, even when they depart from the straight and narrow. Two new releases offer cases in point.
Though Howard Hawks didn't do as many westerns as John Ford, those he did were memorable, and none more so than "Red River." Concerned...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:20 PM
It's hard not to take the death of Paul Mazursky personally.
When Jill Clayburgh's character was unceremoniously uncoupled in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" in 1978, a generation of American women were right there with her, rocked by the realities...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Blair Underwood is "Othello" at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, "Jersey Boys" takes the stage at Segerstrom Hall, and the Morgan-Wixson Theatre proudly presents "The Producers."
The Hollywood Fringe Festival Fifth annual event featuring more than 100 new...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Emmy nominees for variety, comedy or music special can seem like a mishmash of shows, with everything from awards shows to comedy specials to concerts and fundraisers in the mix.
Last year, the category's nominees couldn't be more disparate: CBS'...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It only seems appropriate that, when the Hollywood elite celebrated Jane Fonda's activism as much as her screen work at the 42nd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night, the organization's president/CEO Bob Gazzale...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Jerry Lewis was on the subway one day, you see, and suddenly this kid gets on board with piercings and leather and tattoos and "shiny stuff" all over his body. And Lewis says he was staring at him, when the kid looked over and said, "What, old man, you've...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was a giant and genius of television. He came into the medium, in 1949, when it was still molten. He helped shape TV comedy, even as TV, with its new technical demands and advantages, shaped his...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:24 AM
Your favorite jokes would be very different — you certainly wouldn’t tell them the same way — if it were not for a generation of Jewish comedians who helped define America’s sense of humor in the Catskill Mountains from the 1930s...