| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:18 AM
LOS ANGELES -- "This is a test. This is only a test."
Millions of Americans heard that warning at 11:00 a.m. PT Wednesday.
It marked the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that would enable the president to address the public...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 1:13 PM
The late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover would have hated director Clint Eastwood's new movie about him, but audiences are likely to be intrigued by it. Although "J. Edgar" does not realize its full dramatic potential, it's an ambitious attempt to get inside...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 11:45 AM
"It is here at Big Sur that I first learned how to say Amen!" — Henry Miller
Moody fog rolls over the mountains to kiss the ocean on California's Big Sur coast.
The feeling of enormity hits you in waves as you drive along California Highway 1,...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Krapp's Last Tape
Through Dec. 18. Long Wharf Theatre Stage II, 222 Sargent Drive. (203) 787-4282, longwharf.org.
Krapp, the solo character in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, now playing at Long Wharf with Brian Dennehy recreating a role he has...
| Jul 28, 2011
Nicholas Ray faced a roomful of film students. They had come to learn from the director who'd made James Dean an icon in "Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western "Johnny Guitar." Ray began a mock exercise in filming...
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 5:34 PM
When Dick Zanuck and I had lunch last month, it would’ve been impossible to imagine that the veteran producer would be gone six weeks later. Zanuck, who was 77 when he died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills, looked at least a decade younger and...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 4:06 PM
In case you haven't heard, there is a new top dog when it comes to the greatest movies of all time.
Sight and Sound's list has Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller "Vertigo" replacing Orson Welles classic "Citizen Kane."
For 50 years, "Citizen...
| May 12, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I began my "Great Old Broad"...
| Jun 19, 2010
Nestled into Spain's northern border, the historic city of Pamplona is internationally known for one thing: bulls.
But to think Pamplona is worth the trip only to see men and women run for their lives during San Fermin (aka the Running of the Bulls...
| Dec 4, 2008
Skip E. Lowe was on his way back from the TV studio Wednesday when he learned that his 30-year-old public access show may not fade to black in Los Angeles after all.
Across town, City Council members were struggling to keep the plug from being pulled...