| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:30 AM
On paper, the premise of the new HBO anthology series "True Detective" — two mismatched cops investigating the murder of a prostitute — hardly sounds like the most inventive idea; even the title borders on generic.
Minutes into the pilot...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has sold Libbey Ranch in Ojai for $4,983,500.
Designed by architect Wallace Neff, who became known for developing the "California" style of home, Witherspoon's ranch was originally built in 1923 as stables for...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture, and the film's newcomer, Lupita Nyong'o, snagged supporting actress. Meanwhile, David O. Russell's con-artist comedy "American Hustle" picked up several wins, including ensemble,...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Hollywood loves a story of reinvention, and few can top the one by Matthew McConaughey, who began to be taken more seriously as an actor with a well-regarded turn in "The Lincoln Lawyer" nearly three years ago and kicked it into a different gear in 2013....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:30 PM
I enjoyed Will Ferrell's first turn as Ron Burgundy, the foolish and pompous newscaster from the 1970s. In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," he amplifies the inappropriate behavior and comments of his character to new levels of asinine conduct and...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In the lobby of the historic Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, Bob Laemmle points to a wall of glass-encased photos and letters from cinema luminaries of the last half-century.
"This is one of Ingmar Bergman," he says proudly, gesturing to a photo of...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 19th Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations on Monday morning.
Both films, which also tied for the most Golden Globe nods last...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:24 PM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
1. "Gravity:" A perfect marriage of art and technology, Alfonso Cuarón's film and Sandra Bullock's performance, out of this...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:30 PM
1. "Inside Llewyn Davis." It's fitting that the Coen brothers should choose a broken-record motif by which to shape their portrait of an early-1960s folk singer. The opening scene loops around to the last one as Llewyn Davis surfs from couch to couch,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Matthew McConaughey likes to turn things over in his mind. And since we've just uncorked a good bottle of Pinot Noir at a corner table in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons bar ("We'll give that just a little air and we're good," he says in that musical Texas...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
"12 Years a Slave" and "Nebraska" may have earned the most nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards, but the biggest beneficiaries could be films including "All is Lost" (pictured), "Blue Jasmine," "Before Midnight," "Enough Said," "Fruitvale Station"...