| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:39 PM
When I saw “The Lego Movie” about six weeks ago — alone, in a screening room, with no social proof of any kind — I had two thoughts. The first: Am I crazy, or is this pretty great? The second: Will a mainstream audience go for it?...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:47 PM
After the last Grammy was handed out Sunday, the dash toward one of the night’s countless post-show parties was immediate. It was the last night of partying till the wee hours to celebrate big wins -- or drown those losses with an open-bar cocktail....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:55 PM
No sooner did the mansion known as Fleur de Lys sell this week for a record-breaking $102 million than another L.A. estate hit the market with even higher aspirations: $135 million.
Called the Beverly House, the six-acre compound in Beverly Hills also...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 1:21 PM
Among top J.R.R. Tolkien fans, Oak Park resident Beth Potterveld admits she has shortcomings. Her Elvish — the made-up language at the center of Tolkien's works — is only good enough to cobble together a few sentences, she said.
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Even in the annals of dumb crooks, Tommy and Rosemarie Uva weren't the sharpest tools in the shed. In the early 1990s, the young Queens couple decided to stick up Mafia social clubs.
In the abstract, the choice of location made sense. The clubs were...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 8:30 PM
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented "Criminal Minds" actor Joe Mantegna with the Lifetime Achievement Award Friday at the org's 93rd annual installation and awards luncheon at the W Hollywood.
Variety's Steven Gaydos called attention to the...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Robert Duvall first came to Texas when he was 10, a San Diego military brat on a visit to his mother's family. It would be his first time on a horse, and his first encounter with the people he would later come to know so well....
| Mar 9, 2014
| 4:30 AM
"Man, this is so cool!"
That was Jeff Bridges' reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. "It's wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this," he added....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When asked if there's a silver lining to the dystopian Chicago of "Divergent," Ansel Elgort and Veronica Roth got scientific.
"Does it snow there?" asks Elgort, who plays Caleb, brother of Tris (Shailene Woodley).
"Yes," says Roth, the suburban-Chicago-...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Kazuo Hirai has circumnavigated the globe 12 times since becoming CEO of Sony Corp. in 2012, but he's about to embark on what could be his most entertaining voyage yet: to the Academy Awards.
The 53-year-old executive, known to all as Kaz, is quick to...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Indomina Media International and Comerica Bank have closed a $26 million revolving production loan to finance Indomina's slate of feature films.
Most of the films will be shot in the Dominican Republic at the new Pinewood Indomina Studios, which features...