| 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....
| Feb 28, 2011
| 4:16 AM
HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) -- The British period film "The King's Speech" started the evening with the most Academy Award nominations - 12, but faced strong competition from blockbusters "Inception" and "The Social Network," taking home 3 awards for Best Picture,...
| Feb 28, 2011
Hollywood's coronation of "The King's Speech" culminated Sunday night when the story of stuttering King George VI and his speech therapist won four Academy Awards, including best picture. But if the Oscars completed the historical drama's ascension, the...
| May 3, 2011
| 1:06 PM
Much more a reimagining of the Charles Portis novel than a remake of the Oscar-winning John Wayne movie, filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen's take on the Western tale boasts Jeff Bridges' effective performance as Rooster Cogburn, the grizzled...
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2010
Billboards and commercials for the movie "True Grit" are as ubiquitous this holiday season as six-shooters in a Western saloon. But you won't find the Joel and Ethan Coen film on the list of Golden Globe nominees announced Tuesday.
The western was shut...
| 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...
| Dec 19, 2010
From the lava-like raw-linen tunic inspired by avant-garde Japanese design in "The Tempest" to the Rodarte-designed twisted tutus in "Black Swan," the fashion in this holiday season's "prestige" films is notable for historical references and inventive...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 10:49 AM
It was July 4th, 1969. I had a 24-hour pass, so I headed to D.C. Thought I'd take in movie, then see the fireworks at the Washington Monument. This would be my last hurrah before the hell week of infantry school.
I had just finished reading Charles...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 9:41 PM
Editor's note: This is the last column in a three-part series reviewing the year 2010 in local theater.
One is an acclaimed professional actor, the other a skilled director of community theater productions. Both are at the top of their game.