| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Prior to the early 1990s, J.B. Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" was widely regarded as a conventional Edwardian thriller, much in the Agatha Christie mode, wherein a mysterious police inspector calls on a wealthy Yorkshire family after the suicide of...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Fox is taking a trip on the Orient Express, closing deals for a remake of Sidney Lumet's 1974 detective drama "Murder on the Orient Express" with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce.
Scott is not directing and no writers...
| Dec 17, 2013
Asked whether or not she likes “Pretty Woman,” Alice Eve answers with an enthusiastic, “Of course!” The English actress defends the “classic film of my childhood” as a fairy tale and quotes in a New York accent, “...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson made a big international splash with 2011′s "The Guard," a terrifically entertaining action-comedy that offered little indication of the depths of humor, compassion, despair and grace...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The Gateway Center for the Arts next presents the Agatha Christie thriller "Black Coffee." It opens Friday, Jan. 24.
The mystery is in the classic Christie mode and features her beloved detective Hercule Poirot, played by Dennis Wooldridge. Poirot is...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Miwa Matreyek makes more animated magic with "This World Made Itself" at REDCAT, Mike Daisey explores "American Utopias" at Royce Hall, and Christopher Durang channels Chekov in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Taper.
China: The Whole...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:23 PM
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:35 PM
If in general it's better to give than receive, the rule ought to hold true for books -- and giving is the basis of World Book Night, in which millions of books are distributed, for free, by willing volunteers.
World Book Night launched in Britain and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"WE NEVER really grow up. We only learn how to act in public," said singer Bryan White.
OR NOT. I was compelled out of a sense of duty to watch at least part of MTV's Video Music Awards. I would rather have stuck with the new PBS production of Agatha...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Elmore Leonard, the highly popular and well-regarded crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87, also left his mark on television. Compared with his books and the movies that continue to be wrought from them, it’s the smallest of the marks he made:...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:54 PM
With South Coast Repertory's golden anniversary season inaugural leading the way, local theater companies — professional, community and collegiate — are lining up to present their initial productions in the 2013-14 season.
At SCR, which...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:45 PM
From the dusty annals of a science-fiction franchise belonging to another age — that of "Pitch Black" (2000) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004) and several video-game variations — comes a modestly scaled summer picture continuing a...