| May 27, 2014
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before getting back into work mode.
The Skinny: I know its sacrilege to ever have a bad thought about "Mad Men" so I'll only say I'm glad "The Sopranos" never did a song-and-dance number with Tony. Today's roundup includes the Memorial...
| May 30, 2014
| 5:45 AM
John G. Avildsen is best known for his uplifting films about underdogs such as the Oscar-winning 1976 "Rocky" and 1984's "The Karate Kid."
But his career didn't start out that way.
Long before he won the director Oscar for "Rocky," Avildsen received...
| Dec 24, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
After enough belly flops, a pencil dive looks all right. And that's what "Grudge Match," a generic but decent step up from something like "Escape Plan" or "The Big Wedding," is: The pencil dive of movies, only set in a boxing ring....
| May 8, 2014
| 2:10 PM
Sure, you've seen him take off his shirt in 17 different magazines, your DVD of "17 Again" is scratched from repeat viewings, and you sneak listens to the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack when you think no one's around. But how well do you really know...
| Apr 27, 2014
How many musicals can you name that have been centered on a sport? And how many succeeded? "Damn Yankees" remains the champ with 1,019 performances, but there have been other attempts at making sport figures sing.
>>"Lysistrata Jones" in 2011 centered...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 4:52 PM
"Crossbones" (NBC, Fridays), "Friday Night Spotlight: Pirate Pictures" (TCM, Fridays in June). Pirates! Their parrots, their peg legs, their eye patches; their planks for walking, their X'ed spot-markings; their swashbuckling ways and way of talking;...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 10:36 AM
While the local cineplexes are filled with the big summer blockbusters, three different locations are offering the chance to see other movies – some recent, some classics – in a different sort of setting.
Outdoors, under the stars... and...
| Jul 14, 2012
Sage Stallone, son of actor Sylvester Stallone, was found dead Friday at his home in the 8100 block of Mulholland Terrace in Studio City. He was 36.
The body of the younger Stallone, also an actor and producer-director, was found by his housekeeper, said...
| Sep 12, 2011
Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series
Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew.
Whitfield, who was born...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
"Contagion" is the latest film about a deadly virus that threatens humankind. It borrows from movies like "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." But the basic concept goes all the way back to the real Black Death of the Middle Ages.
A healthy person...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 3:05 PM
Band name: Brighton, MA
Sound: On its just-released "Billboard Sun" EP, the indie-rock quintet channels the ragged glory of the Walkmen, veering between loosely anthemic rockers ("New Underground") and more introspective turns like the bruised "V-Day."...