| Jul 20, 2013
| 7:55 PM
Marisa Wayne has a tone of pride when she tells the story about how her father broke into show business and became a movie star and an American icon.
It makes sense for her to be proud. Her father is John Wayne.
"He played football for USC," said...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:42 PM
If they ever create an Oscar category for multi-level plot theft, "R.I.P.D." would win the first award. The initials stand for "Rest in Peace Department" and the screenplay follows a trail blazed by several blockbuster films that came before. This movie...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully than Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81?
I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O'Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said...
| Oct 22, 2013
First published in 2003, the four-issue comic book series R.I.P.D. tells the story of a police force made up of officers who are on their second tour of duty, now working with the Rest In Peace Department. These officers can move between the real world...
| 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 21, 2011
The Angry Newswriter Theatre is back! All week we're showcasing the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscar's this weekend.
Today they perform for you a scene from 'True Grit.'
Check it out...
| 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 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...
| 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....