| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:20 PM
"Hooray for Holly."
Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic."
No, wait, stop, please. That was awful.
We try that every year and it never gets any better....
| Feb 27, 2011
| 10:09 PM
Oscar producers, the more you try to make your annual Hollywood lovefest appeal to young viewers, the older you seem. And you are 83!
"Anne, I must say, you look so beautiful and so hip," James Franco, 32, deadpanned as he and co-host Anne Hathaway, 28,...
| Feb 28, 2011
For a not-so-brief moment, the Oscars became "The Kirk and Melissa Show."
In an evening marked by predictability, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas and veteran actress Melissa Leo provided perhaps the most spontaneous — and bleeped — sequence...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 12:37 PM
This widely praised HBO drama series, overseen by "Homicide: Life on the Street" writing-producing veterans David Simon and Eric Overmyer, focuses on New Orleans residents trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
| Jul 20, 2012
| 2:42 PM
They say all good things must come to an end. With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business. I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools. There are several reasons why I'm switching...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:45 AM
When trimming a household budget, premium cable is an easy expense to cut. Hold on to your HBO, though.
Its "Mildred Pierce" miniseries, premiering March 27 and spread out over three Sundays, is worth it.
Kate Winslet turns in a sublime performance as...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 1:09 PM
With acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes directing and Oscar winner Kate Winslet starring as "Mildred Pierce" (8 p.m. March 27, April 3 and 10, HBO; ** out of four), I expected this mini-series based on James M. Cain's 1941 novel to dazzle me.
Instead, I was...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 12:12 PM
The most famous image of Melissa Leo is at the Academy Awards, letting the F-bomb drop while accepting her Oscar in a gown that defined old Hollywood.
A far more typical image of the actress is of her on a recent blustery day. She's in well-worn jeans, a...
| Apr 28, 2011
Inventor of the teleprompter
Hubert "Hub" Schlafly, 91, a key member of the team that invented the teleprompter, died April 20 at a hospital in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness.
Schlafly helped start the TelePrompTer Corp.,...
| Jan 16, 2011
"The Social Network" has a lot of friends in Hollywood.
The drama about the creation of Facebook continued its winning ways Sunday, taking home four trophies at the 68th Golden Globes, including dramatic feature, director for David Fincher, screenplay...
| Jan 17, 2011
The opposite of dull and deferential is not snotty and abusive.
Just a little notion someone might have mentioned to Ricky Gervais before he once again took the stage at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night as host of the 2011 Golden Globes. Last year, the...