| Feb 13, 2012
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...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 10:51 AM
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...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 1:23 AM
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...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:07 PM
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...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 1:36 AM
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...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 7:53 AM
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...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 5:00 PM
You can't blame Harry Shearer for feeling a twinge of regret just before the release of his latest satirical album of topical songs, "Can't Take a Hint."
"Pussy Riot and 'legitimate rape' in the news in the same week?" Shearer said, his eyes widening...
| May 1, 2012
| 3:00 PM
Have you ever listened to yourself when you're having a random conversation with a spouse or a neighbor? Really listened? It can sound absurd and remote and disjointed and automatic and fraught and subtextual and stammered and interrupted and incoherent...
| Dec 5, 2008
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,...
| May 22, 2009
The warm moments rise from the real history sampled in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The kid-friendly thrills come from the special effects -- the monsters, mannequins, artifacts and paintings that come to life in this sequel to Night at...
| Feb 18, 2007
"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...
| May 22, 2009
I admit it: I was a little tough on the first "Night at the Museum." My son and I disagree all the time on movies, yet I suppose it took his delight in the film's simple but surefire premise (to preteens especially) to make me reconsider. Also, repeated...