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  • Movie review: 'The Best and the Brightest'

    Movie review: 'The Best and the Brightest'
    "The Best and the Brightest" might have had some real teeth -- and some real smarts -- in the hands of a savvy satirist such as Christopher Guest. Unfortunately, writer-director Josh Shelov's sendup of the Manhattan private school culture flies off its...
  • Westminster: Malibu's wire fox terrier Eira goes for the double-crown

    Westminster: Malibu's wire fox terrier Eira goes for the double-crown
    I’m a mutt fancier myself -- or "multicultural canines," as my dogs prefer -- but like millions of other lovers of canines of all kinds, I’ll be tuning in Monday to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the 136th. There’s at least...
  • Westminster wedding: Local couple to marry at dog show

    Westminster wedding: Local couple to marry at dog show
    A Valentine's Day wedding at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden. Sounds like the plot of Christopher Guest's follow-up to "Best in Show." But it's not. It's for real. The Seattle Times reports that Brad Slayton, 58, and fiancee...
  • 84th Academy Awards -- The Winners and Losers

    84th Academy Awards -- The Winners and Losers
    Billy Crstyal’s return to hosting duties at the Oscars reminded me a lot of the Oscar party I went to at local Point Loma artist Leslie Perlis’ house. At previous parties, I could make the crowd laugh. One year I pestered everybody that...
  • City Lights: Oscar picks not incredibly close

    Well, we all got blindsided by Meryl Streep. That was my one consolation as my dream of being Orange County's greatest Oscar handicapper crumbled steadily throughout the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. Earlier this year, I challenged Independent...
  • Thin Ice

    Thin Ice
    Sometimes seeing so many movies can be a problem. How can a film lover or critic watch this movie and not think of Fargo, The Red Violin, House of Games, Criminal, and John Dahl’s The Last Seduction? Heck, even the violin shop is called Dahl’s...
  • How 'Wizard of Oz' struggled on road to fame

    Nostalgia and navel-gazing dominated the Academy Awards broadcast Sunday, including a spoof featuring Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge and others as a disgruntled focus group attending a "Wizard of Oz" test screening circa 1939. The...
  • Paul Benedict dies at 70; actor from 'The Jeffersons' and 'Sesame Street'

    Paul Benedict, the actor who played the eccentric English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," was found dead Monday at his home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. He was 70. Authorities were investigating the cause of death, said his brother,...
  • Ed Begley Jr.: Big green man

    Ed Begley Jr.: Big green man
    I once tried to pick up Ed Begley Jr. Before your mind dives for the gutter, it was 2004, not long after Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor, and I rented a Hummer to write about whether it was all that its most famous fancier believed it to be. I...
  • Missing hype's high-water mark

    Missing hype's high-water mark
    "For Your Consideration," Christopher Guest's Oscar-hype satire, arrives on DVD at the height of Oscar-hype season. The timing doesn't help the film: With Academy Award campaigns and media coverage nearing saturation point, it's even more obvious just how...
  • No money for a bronze Col. Sanders statue? No problem, says PETA: Make it out of chicken feces

     
    Residents of the tiny town of Corbin, Ky., have a dream: to erect a larger-than-life bronze statue of Corbin's most famous resident, Col. Harlan Sanders, as a downtown tourist attraction. It's a story so reminiscent of a Christopher Guest mockumentary.......
  • Obama's 'czars:' Bull's-eyes for critics

     
    by Mark Silva President Obama is dancing with the czars, the way some of his critics would have it. And those critics have grown louder and louder lately, complaining about not only the president's alleged "socialist'' health-care plans, but also......