| Aug 3, 2012
| 10:21 PM
This movie isn’t (500) Days of Summer, but I thought about it while watching this. That’s because that was a romantic comedy with a lot of dark elements. This is 500 Pages of Sparks. You see, a writer with writers block (is there any other...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 1:20 AM
I was excited to drive downtown to the W Hotel to interview the cast of Ruby Sparks. I had to redeem myself.
You see, I sat in a cabana by the pool and interviewed Marisa Tomei there. It was the only interview I’ve ever done that I consider a...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 6:45 PM
It's not surprising that Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "I'm So Excited!" is being billed as a return to the erotically obsessed, anything-goes antics that propelled the Spanish director's early camp fests.
But at 63, Almodóvar isn't looking to repeat...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Following Wednesday night's pre-festival screening of "Man of Steel," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off in earnest Thursday night with the North American premiere of Pedro Almódovar's "I'm So Excited!" The 19th edition of the festival runs through...
| Mar 1, 2013
As they filmed a certain pair of Palm Beach Gardens tennis champions for their documentary "Venus and Serena," co-directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major were granted unfettered access to the sisters' private and often-chaotic lives, which included no...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 2:05 PM
If you compare working on a TV show to going to school, "Raising Hope" star Lucas Neff had a heck of a summer break.
"It's a lot of sleep deprivation, but it's good," Neff told me during a phone conversation Sunday. "It's a lot of fun."
| Feb 28, 2013
| 1:14 PM
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*"The Waiting Room" (U.S.; Peter Nicks, 2012) Shot over five months in an Oakland public hospital, "The Waiting Room" explores the state of medical care for the nation's...
| Jan 4, 2012
Ten days before Bob Anderson headed to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as part of the British fencing team, he responded to a call from a British film studio in need of three fencers to coach the lead actors for sword-fighting scenes in a new pirate...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Oct 13, 2011
In the 25 years since he started making movies with Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas says one thing hasn't changed: The iconoclastic director is still leading Banderas toward the edge of the creative abyss. And he is still diving in.
"Basically what you...
| Sep 4, 2011
Puss in Boots, that suavest of swashbuckling cats, surely had a life of adventure before hooking up with Shrek and Donkey and the gang. DreamWorks Animation and director Chris Miller certainly thought so.
With that premise in mind, "Puss in Boots," a...
| Apr 29, 2012
A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. Walt Disney...