| May 12, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Case in point: Universal's "Neighbors," the dirty-minded comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron that debuted to a glittering $49 million domestically this past weekend.
"It's escapism, and when it works -- and 'Neighbors' worked --...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:31 AM
No other film released 25 years ago, and few made since, captured the crosscurrents of a single neighborhood on a sweltering summer day in late 20th-century America the way Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" did.
Lee's brash masterwork still plays like...
| May 6, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Hollywood can be a beast for anyone looking to establish a business.
Movies and TV shows frequently fail. Financing can dry up instantly. And the outsized egos and conflicting agendas of insecure executives can drive anyone mad. So the long odds overcome...
| May 11, 2014
| 8:49 AM
"Neighbors,"the frat boys vs. family raunchfest starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen, partied to a very hearty $51 million in its box office opening this weekend.
Universal's R-rated comedy knocked off "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which was second with $37....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:30 PM
When Rita Lundin was working as a driver on "Men in Black 3," the message from her Teamsters coordinator was blunt: We don't like to work with women.
"He told me he wouldn't be able to sleep, thinking I wasn't going to make it to the set and that I...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Cars and Southern California go together like, well, the Beach Boys and surfing, or Hollywood and movies, or Hef and the Playboy Mansion. You really can’t have one without the other.
Which is why the fact that the Petersen Automotive Museum is...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 5:43 PM
"What happened last night?" — a line from the hit 2009 film "The Hangover."
LAS VEGAS — As the characters in the quintessential guys-bonding-in-Vegas movie "The Hangover" discovered, Sin City offers a multitude of grown-up escapes that could...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 6:53 AM
After the coffee. Before preparing to moderate a panel of sports execs.
The Skinny: Among the things I have to do today is moderate a panel of regional sports executives from Fox, Time Warner Cable and NBCUniversal. Send your questions my way. And yes,...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the expectations for Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel"!
The Superman picture comes at a crucial time for the studio. With the completion of the "Dark Knight" trilogy last year, Warner Bros. needs a new...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:41 AM
Legendary Entertainment has a new man of steel.
Monday, the closely held entertainment company announced that it has tapped Bruce Rosenblum, the former top television executive at Warner Bros., to be its president of television and digital media....
| Jun 17, 2013
| 10:05 AM
When "The Hangover Part III" opened with half as many ticket sales as its predecessor in May, it was clear American moviegoers had tired of the Wolf Pack.
But there was hope yet for Warner Bros. In the two years between the second and third "Hangover,"...