| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Mar 27, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Growing up, Dallas-born, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose initially rebelled against her country roots. Well, maybe "rebellion" is too strong a term.
"As a teenager I'd tell my parents, 'I'm going to play in a punk club and y'all stay...
| Mar 15, 2013
Not many people expected Ang Lee to take home the Best Director trophy at the Academy Awards last month for Life of Pi. He's defying expectations yet again with his follow-up project, a pilot for FX called Tyrant, scheduled to shoot this summer. Tyrant...
| Jan 8, 2012
The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from the production company of his most frequent collaborator, director Steven Spielberg, Williams works alone at a 90-year-...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 11:32 AM
Stanley Kubrick's third feature was his first great film and remains to this day my favorite Kubrick movie (with the possible exception of “Dr. Strangelove”). It also captures the very essence of the film noir worldview, with only “...
| Jan 24, 2012
Bingham Ray, the co-founder of October Films, one of the top independent film distribution companies of the 1990s, and a former president of United Artists who was a leading force in independent films for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 57....
| Jan 24, 2012
| 12:31 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
It doesn’t seem possible, but Leonard Cohen’s voice sounds even deeper, darker, more foreboding than ever on his 12th studio album in 44 years, “Old Ideas” (Columbia). Cohen is 77, and he doesn’t...
| Feb 16, 2012
"Rampart" patrols some familiar streets, but this jarringly intimate study of a dirty Los Angeles cop sliding, crazily, down the drain has a distinctive new-cliche smell, pungent and alive. The story, which is more about observation than propulsion, suits...
| Aug 22, 2011
Reza Badiyi, a prolific television director whose credits included "Get Smart" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and who set a Directors Guild of America record for directing the most hours of episodic series television, has died. He was 81.
| Sep 7, 2011
| 3:30 PM
In his easygoing, candid and altogether charming autobiography, or, as he calls it, "Life Itself: A Memoir," Roger Ebert fails to mention me: The nights he and I had many drinks on the porch of his house on Dickens Street and elsewhere, the favorable in-...
| Nov 4, 2011
Tom Keith, who created an astounding array of captivating, hilarious, bawdy sounds and voices as longtime master of radio sound effects for Garrison Keillor's nationally syndicated "A Prairie Home Companion," has died. He was 64.
Keith, who also co-...