| Nov 17, 2011
This fall, theater fans may be in for a little déjà vu: "Carnage," "Ides of March," "A Dangerous Method" and "War Horse" are all films, opening from October through December, that have been adapted from plays. All are also popping up with early buzz,...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 1:50 PM
A lot of young scribes owe a debt to South Coast Repertory's Pacific Playwrights Festival. And so does Nicole Kidman.
The actress got her most recent Oscar nomination for the 2010 film "Rabbit Hole," in which she played a mother coping with her young...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 12:08 PM
Whenever I find myself in a bleak mood, a quick glance at the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness usually does the trick. A near-perfect melding of minds between the "Parks and Recreation" writing staff and actor Nick Offerman, this visual guide on how to...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Much like an Oscar category, they're five highly coveted slots that come once a year.
The Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, which takes place every spring, annually presents five staged readings of plays in addition to its two...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 11:06 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Aaron Eckhart was born in Cupertino, Calif., on this date in 1968. This birthday guy is probably best known as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in "The Dark Knight" and he's had acclaimed roles in the movies "Thank You for Smoking" and "Erin...
| Feb 27, 2011
"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 9:39 PM
Let's cut to the chase. "True Grit" is one of the very best films of the year. Written and directed by the Coen Brothers, it takes a sharp offbeat turn on the basic elements of Hollywood cowboy movies. It's full of dark humor and snappy dialogue, but less...
| Jan 6, 2011
We've had Johnny and June in "Walk the Line," Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda's grouchy old-timers in "On Golden Pond" and real-life marrieds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton bickering their way through "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
| Jan 6, 2011
| 6:27 PM
British director Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies") has a way of making films that are quite about nothing, yet speak volumes about the human condition.
His latest film, "Another Year," has no plot, no action. It's just got ordinary people leading lives of...
| Jan 16, 2011
One thing that's certain come Sunday evening at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards — Joel and Ethan Coen's remake of "True Grit" will not be taking home any honors because the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. snubbed the box office hit.
| Jan 25, 2011
| 6:46 AM
"The King's Speech" dominated the Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, earning 12 nods including best picture and best lead actor for Colin Firth as King George VI, who battles to eradicate his stammer before he unexpectedly takes the throne.