| Nov 18, 2009
Sandra Bullock retrieves much of the career momentum that "The Proposal" gave her and that "All About Steve" threatened to kill with "The Blind Side," a surprisingly smart and moving drama about a Memphis steel magnolia who doesn't truly bloom until she...
| Nov 29, 2009
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is fading fast after its massive debut, while significantly more people are seeing "The Blind Side."
Tickets sales in the U.S. and Canada for Summit Entertainment's $50-million teen vampire drama plummeted 70% over the...
| Dec 10, 2009
If we're so post-racial in the Obama era, why does every other movie this season lead to another round of ethnographic scrutiny? "The Princess and the Frog" presents to the world Disney's first African-American princess, and therefore comes with more...
| Dec 17, 2009
The films "Inglourious Basterds," "Up in the Air" and "Precious" were shaping up as this awards season's front-runners, each earning three nominations apiece as the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced this morning.
Earlier this week, the...
| Feb 27, 2011
There is a very particular art to playing the ordinary. Few actors do it well — Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney always come to mind. Of those, most fail to get their due come Oscar night — thoughts of Giamatti and Linney rise again.
| May 25, 2010
As Michael Oher made his way around the room signing footballs, T-shirts, napkins - anything his young fans could get their hands on - he told them that he always wanted a better life.
"So the movie was really about you?" one teenage girl asked."Yeah,"...
| Nov 9, 2010
This summer, programmers at Go Country 105 radio in Los Angeles unveiled a new single called "Country Strong" and asked listeners to guess who was the twangy alto belting out lines about how she's "hard to break, like the ground I grew up on."
| Jun 26, 2010
Country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have sold their Beverly Hills Post Office spread for $9.5 million.
The two-story Mediterranean, with panoramic canyon and city views and a swimming pool with a spa, sits on 4.85 gated acres — a...
| Feb 5, 2010
The last thing audiences want in their weepies is surprise. "She still loves you, you know," one character says to another at a predestined juncture in "Dear John," echoing so many second bananas in so many weepies past. That love is as pure as the...
| Apr 28, 2011
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Casey Towers, then 20 and the mother of two babies, spent January and February of 2006 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She prayed for a gift that was a matter of life and death: a healthy heart to replace her broken one. She got...
| Dec 22, 2010
There is a down-home comfort saturating "Country Strong," in that "somebody done somebody wrong song" way, that almost carries you through when its music-drenched melodrama gets predictable. Which is pretty much as soon as the fragile, still-in-rehab...