| Aug 18, 2012
| 8:30 AM
In the late '80s a thunderbolt of inspiration struck Jack Valenti, longtime chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America: What if his organization got rid of the X rating, besmirched by years of misappropriation by hard-core exploitation films, and...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 7:19 PM
They are more likely to get shot, go to jail, drop out of school, end up in foster care, be abandoned by their fathers and have children of their own while they're still teenagers.
Compared with other Americans, young black men have the statistical...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 12:33 PM
For even the most experienced performers, there’s an art to working in the spotlight alone.
It takes more than solid material, more than self-assurance and engaging stage presence. All of those elements are required, of course, along with...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 3:49 PM
The room became dark at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, where Jay-Z lyrics in the song, "Ni**as In Paris," repeated loudly.
"Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game Six," looped on the sound system. And then just, "Tyson. Tyson. Tyson."
The crowd cheered...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 6:05 PM
If there was one ring in the world that I, a weakling theater critic, knew I could knock Mike Tyson out in, it was the Pantages Theatre, where "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" played this past weekend.
Tyson might have 100 pounds more muscle on him than I...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 9:48 PM
Treveon Graham scored 17 point as hot-shooting VCU beat Saint Joseph's 82-79 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament Friday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Rams, seeded second and ranked 25th by The Associated Press, made 11 3-pointers to build...
| Feb 28, 2013
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Many thrillers contain eerie, mysterious figures and a villain waiting for just the right time to strike. Not many thrillers grant attention to the unnerving crackle of an eggshell or, gulp, a young girl’s orgasmic fantasy about...
| Feb 28, 2013
RICHMOND — Spike Lee strolled into a VCU basketball practice last week. The renowned filmmaker, hoops maven and Reggie Miller foil was speaking on campus and wanted to check out coach Shaka Smart's Rams.
"All of a sudden it went from a good...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 8:13 AM
No matter what happens in the economy or in the arts, new waves of young musicians keep pursuing the elusive art of jazz.
Especially in Chicago, where uncounted programs in universities, high schools and elsewhere stoke interest in a music that...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Jan 08 (TheWrap.com) - Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has already been the subject of criticism for its bloody violence and frequent use of the N-word, but now action figures from the film are causing the next wave of outrage.
| Jan 2, 2013
| 12:13 PM
Quentin Tarantino has come under fire for the use of the N-word in his new film “Django Unchained,” which is also probably one of the best films ever made about American slavery.
Comedian Katt Williams threatened to punch Tarantino. Spike...