| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I have written exactly one fan letter in my life and that was to Derek Jacobi.
I wrote it, and God forgive me, sent it, sometime between my junior and senior year in high school. I blush to disclose that the correspondence also included a sonnet I had...
| May 17, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Cutting Edge Group and Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road have reached slate financing deal under which CEG will advance funds for Thunder Road to develop upcoming projects.
Deal was announced Friday at Cannes.
The CEG funds will be secured against Thunder...
| Mar 22, 2012
Gamers will be slain, over and over, by the insanely violent multilevel bash "The Raid: Redemption," in which a skeezy 15-story tenement complex serves as the setting for a series of stabbings, slicings and a showcase for the Indonesian martial art...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:38 PM
More than three decades before opening night of the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival at Edwards Big Newport, festival co-founder Todd Quartararo sat in the same packed theater, watching "Star Wars."
"It was incredible — here is a film that...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Chinese porcelains of past centuries are selling for very high prices today. There are many types. Some we identify by the color - like celadon (pale-green glaze) or blue and white (blue decoration on white porcelain, including varieties called Canton...
| 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...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:15 AM
If you've dreamed a dream of owning the screen version of the legendary stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic, the time has come. Anne Hathaway has earned numerous awards including an Oscar as the tragic Fantine, whose effect on Jean Valjean...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 9:39 AM
After it opened in New York in 1987, the Broadway production of "Les Miserables" garnered eight Tony Awards, including best new musical. Twenty-five years later, the movie version of the beloved epic has scooped a total of eight Academy Award nominations,...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:22 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if "Les Miserables" became the most popular movie musical since "Mamma Mia!" On stage, both diversions were, and are, easy to enjoy in their diametrically opposed ways. "Mamma Mia!" revels in Greece, glitter and ABBA; "Les Miz"...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 1:30 PM
Tom Cruise already has a successful action movie franchise in the "Mission: Impossible" films. But he makes a serious bid to start up a similar action series as "Jack Reacher," a hard-boiled operative in the mold of Jason Bourne. Jack lives off the...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Let's call this week's column Singing Pictures.
On Wednesday, a Kerasotes Icon preview screening of "Les Miserables" brought two of the film's key supporting players to town on a promotional swing, sharing tales of director Tom Hooper's film...