| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:21 PM
In “To Rome with Love,” his latest feature — roughly No. 42, depending on how you count — the prolific Woody Allen continues his long European vacation. In 2005, he went to London to make “Match Point” and received...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 5:33 PM
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The first time Penelope Cruz worked with Woody Allen she won an Oscar. So, it's no wonder that she jumped at the opportunity to play a hooker in his latest effort, "To Rome with Love."
"I feel extremely lucky," Cruz said during a...
| May 25, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
Oh, the glorious bistros and baguettes and architecture of Paris! Hollywood screenwriter-turned-novelist Gil (Owen Wilson) could just live there. His increasingly snippy fiancÚ, Inez (Rachel McAdams), not so much. Luckily every night at...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 5:48 PM
There's probably some great psychology/sociology book out there that analyzes why we like ghost stories, why they appear in nearly every culture, and why they're generally the first horror concept each culture develops. Presumably it has something to do...
| Jan 7, 2009
PenÚlope Cruz has two contender films this season. Does that mean more red carpet gowns? Her adept portrayal of Javier Bardem's psychotically sexy ex in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" has already earned her a supporting actress Golden Globe...
| Feb 23, 2009
Wolverine did a song-and-dance. A Swarovski crystal curtain shimmered. Veteran Oscar winners such as Sophia Loren, Anthony Hopkins and Eva Marie Saint were on hand to dole out awards.
Producers tried to shake up the 81st Academy Awards in a bid to...
| Jan 23, 2009
JOSH BROLIN "Milk"
The son of actor James Brolin receives his first Oscar nomination for his role as conservative San Francisco Supervisor Dan White, who assassinated gay Supervisor Harvey Milk and the city's mayor, George Moscone, in...
| Feb 15, 2009
In looking at the Oscar category of best supporting actor and actress, I'm reminded of the sort of delicious dinner party that lingers in your memory years later. Although presumably you accept the invitation because you have some affection for the host,...
| Jun 12, 2010
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz has listed a Sunset Strip-area home at $3,695,000 that is as intriguing as she is.
The Balinese modern one-story has intricately carved entry doors that open to a courtyard with a fountain. Another set of double...
| Dec 2, 2008
"Ballast," an austere drama about a grieving man who forms a bond with a woman and her young son, "Frozen River," a somber tale about the relationship between two poverty-stricken women, and "Rachel Getting Married," an intimate drama about a young...
| Feb 4, 2009
It's nearly an hour into Woody Allen's golden-hued comedy of desire "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" when PenÚlope Cruz shows up as Javier Bardem's passionately unhinged ex-wife Maria Elena, a life-is-art-and-vice-versa firecracker. It takes only seconds for...