| Nov 4, 2011
I’ve done at least 20 movie reviews where I talk about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sometimes that’s because they are Matthew Broderick films, but usually it’s when they are teen comedies that lift things from Bueller (and they’...
| May 4, 2012
| 4:22 PM
What do you get when you take the director (Joss Whedon) best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer – and you give him $220 million to make a movie? Oh, and he’s seen Transformers, because there’s a lot of stuff that looks like it was taken...
| Sep 12, 2009
Larry Gelbart, the award-winning comedy writer best known for developing the landmark TV series "MASH," co-writing the book for the hit Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and co-writing the classic movie comedy "Tootsie,"...
| Apr 13, 2008
MUCH like the hero of the new comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" -- who is merrily undressed at home and expecting an entirely different purpose for his girlfriend's visit than her dumping him -- actor-screenwriter Jason Segel endured his own Naked...
| Feb 1, 2009
John Gordy, a former Detroit Lions lineman who led the NFL players' union in 1968 when it negotiated the league's first collective bargaining agreement, has died. He was 73.
Gordy died Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer at UC Irvine Medical...
| Sep 9, 2008
David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are set to join James Franco in "Howl."
Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will make their narrative writing-directing-producing debuts on the...
| Sep 14, 2008
Words & Ideas
Christie Mellor The author of "Were You Raised by Wolves?" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Chuck Palahniuk The author will sign copies of his novels...
| Oct 1, 2008
| 9:00 AM
Flash of Genius is a film biography that lacks the flash of inspiration, the sting of wit, the pangs of pathos.
The story of the guy who invented the intermittent windshield wiper isn't a bad film. But producer-turned-director Marc Abraham, and the...
| Oct 3, 2008
"Flash of Genius" is largely about how one person's nothing is another person's everything. Take the intermittent windshield wiper, for example. I, for one, had never much thought about who designed it, where it came from or whether there was a story...
| Jul 4, 2008
"Diminished Capacity" rests on the fate of a small item of great value, a Chicago Cubs baseball card—Frank "Wildfire" Schulte, 100 years old, near-mint condition. Cub-wise it's a good year to bring this story to the screen. In his feature film...