| Mar 1, 2009
20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99
Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia" is at once a western, a war film, a Harlequin romance, a magical-realist fable and a tongue-clucking piece of social history, wrapped up in a decidedly Luhrmann-esque...
| Feb 8, 2009
Toby Barlow The author of "Sharp Teeth" will present and sign his debut novel. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.
Norman Klein, Margo Bistis and Andrea Kratky Tom Lesser will moderate a discussion featuring the...
| Feb 13, 2009
Set during a gray Brighton Beach winter, "Two Lovers" begins with the solid shape of Joaquin Phoenix lumbering down a pier, a bag of dry cleaning slung over his shoulder. We don't know who he is or anything about him, really, but for the heavy resignation...
| Apr 10, 2009
Drummer Josh Freese has spent a fair amount of time in high-flying circles as a member of Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses, the Replacements, a Perfect Circle, the Vandals and Devo. So when it came time to release his new solo album, "Since 1972," he...
| Feb 19, 2009
British funnyman Steve Coogan welcomes challenges. "I like to scare myself," he says.
So after a decade-long absence from the live stage, Coogan went on a stand-up comedy tour of England last year. "I did big, scary venues," he says. "It's like a...
| Mar 5, 2009
Alan Moore was right. There isn't a movie in his landmark graphic novel "Watchmen" -- at least not a really good one. What we get instead is something acceptable but pedestrian, an adaptation that is more a prisoner of its story than the master of it....
| Apr 12, 2009
The '80s in Hollywood might officially be remembered as the age of Steven Spielberg and John Hughes, but there are plenty of people out there who'll say that their fondest movie memories involve lounging in their den with friends and relations, watching...
| Apr 2, 2009
In the time it takes a character to roll a joint, you get the irony behind the title of "I Can See Clearly Now," Brendan Halpin's novel about young musicians working in a haze of hormones and pot smoke in New York.
It's 1972 and ATN, a television...
| Apr 5, 2009
Miramax, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99
John Patrick Shanley's Tony-winning stage play "Doubt" tells the story of a brittle nun and the likable priest she accuses of child sexual abuse, and on stage at least, "Doubt's" measured, troubling inquiry into...
| Apr 5, 2009
Master conceptualist and founding father of modern celebrity culture, Andy Warhol was also, for a spell in the 1960s, the most prolific filmmaker in America.
From 1963, when he acquired his first camera, to 1968, when he was shot and nearly killed by the...
| Jul 18, 2010
When journalists ask Herbie Hancock which musicians he listens to, he thinks that they're expecting him to say Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea -- that is, virtuoso jazz pianists like himself.
"I do listen to those musicians," Hancock said recently,...