| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Disney's "Lone Ranger" is opening wide this week with hopes of striking gold, but projections suggest box office glory might be more of a mirage, even while featuring the world's most bankable star.
Although they're considered a quintessential...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 3:07 PM
"The King's Speech" was crowned best film at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Nominated for 12 Oscars -- the most of any film -- it won four statuettes, including for Colin Firth for lead actor, Tom Hooper for director, and David Seidler for...
| Jan 26, 2011
— Jeff Bridges, who won the lead actor Oscar last year for "Crazy Heart," is up in the same category for his performance as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit." Only two actors have won Academy Awards in the lead actor category two years in a row —...
| Dec 19, 2010
Sometimes you read a book at the wrong time. That was the case for me with Charles Portis' 1968 novel "True Grit" (Tusk/Overlook: 236 pp., $14.95 paper), which I first picked up in the early 1970s, after seeing the film with John Wayne. Back then, I had...
| Jun 1, 2011
When you think of Las Vegas, you probably don't think of Las Vegas, N.M. It's the other Las Vegas, and perhaps the wildest Wild West town you've never heard of.
I had never heard of Las Vegas, N.M., when I first encountered it in 1997 — a Western...
| Nov 25, 2009
| 12:29 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jeff Bridges was born in Los Angeles on this date in 1949. This birthday guy won a 2009 Oscar for his performance in "Crazy Heart." He also earned Academy Award nominations for his performances in "True Grit," "The Contender,"...
| Feb 27, 2011
"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Feb 23, 2011
So will it be "The King's Speech" or "The Social Network" that wins the top prize Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards?
"The Social Network," the acclaimed drama about how Harvard computer nerds created the social networking site Facebook, had been the...
| Feb 28, 2011
They played it safe, and who could blame them?
The 83rd Academy Awards opened with hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco taking an "Inception"-inspired journey through the dreams of former host Alec Baldwin, dreams that turned out to be clips from...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:20 PM
"Hooray for Holly."
Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic."
No, wait, stop, please. That was awful.
We try that every year and it never gets any better....