| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:53 PM
"Scorpion," an adventure series beginning Monday on CBS, would like you to know, first of all, before a character speaks a word or a camera so much as takes an establishing shot, that it is based on a true story. Producers love this claim, which makes a...
| May 17, 2012
| 5:46 AM
When the CBS television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was in expansion mode, it was fun to think about a potential "CSI: Orlando." Surely, the writers could work up murder mysteries using distinctive elements of The City Beautiful, such as the...
| Jul 9, 2011
| 8:56 PM
If Casey Anthony had been tried 30 years ago in that same Orange County courtroom, she probably would be facing a death sentence today instead of the few measly years she spent awaiting trial.
The 25-year-old mother who last week slipped out of a...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare.
There's a disarming home-movie vibe to adapter/director Joss Whedon's small-scale, black-and-white contemporary version of "Much Ado About Nothing." He shot it in 12 days in his...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:51 PM
William Petersen, the actor with longtime roots on the Chicago stage, is to appear this summer at the Steppenwolf Theatre in a two-person show about a teenager and her reculsive uncle in Costa Rica.
Titled "Slowgirl" and penned by Greg Pierce, it will...
| Oct 2, 2013
Mark Fajardo's first weeks in the very public job of Los Angeles County coroner coincided with the deaths of two TV actors — one from "That '70s Show" and another from "Rizzoli & Isles" — and the toxicology report from the car-crash death of...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:24 PM
The O.J. Simpson case, which began to unfold 20 years ago this month, was a blip — a significant one, but a blip — in Barry Scheck's legal career. Scheck is now better known as co-founder of the Innocence Project, the not-for-profit...
| May 8, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Films about drug addiction tend to have a punishing quality. Even the good ones. I'm thinking of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Requiem For a Dream," "Trainspotting" and "The Man with the Golden Arm." Full-blown drug addiction is bleak. Why would an honest movie...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 3:59 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up to the plate in the Great Dodgers Blackout this week, calling on federal regulators to look into why most people in the area can't watch their favorite team on TV.
At issue is the ongoing spat over how much...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 6:31 AM
It wasn't all backlash and boycotts for Gene Simmons last week.
The KISS rocker and reality TV veteran -- who made headlines for controversial comments he made about depression in one interview and immigration in another -- attended a fundraiser for...
| Sep 14, 2009
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the early ratings for Jay Leno's opening-night performance will start hitting desks and the immediate Tuesday-morning quarterbacking will begin. One night of numbers, heck, one week of numbers, particularly when the competition is soft,...