| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Eileen Brennan, the veteran actress best known for roles in "The Last Picture Show," "Private Benjamin" and "Clue," died of bladder cancer in her Burbank home on Sunday. She was 80.
Brennan earned critical praise and an Oscar nom for her supporting...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Human nature being what it is — a swampy mess of meanness, envy and spite, in case you were wondering — are we surprised that a lot of people would have been thrilled if "The Cuckoo's Calling" were a terrible book? Or, to put it another way:...
| 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...
| 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 6, 2013
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, here's a modestly scaled summer picture continuing the legend that time...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
I walk everywhere in Chicago — I’ll walk for hours in one direction or another. One of the things I love about the city is that if you walk in the city, you never know what you’ll find...