| Mar 20, 2012
| 1:05 AM
The great filmmaker Frank Capra once spoke of the duty of the film director.
The filmmaker speaks to an audience alone in the dark for two hours. This is a great power and the filmmaker has the responsibility to leave his audience better off for...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 12:33 AM
When I left the house the other morning, I took a good long look at my boy and said, “Goodbye, Randy.”
My son’s name is not Randy, of course. His name is Tyler.
But as he lay there in his footy pajamas on his stomach, not crawling,...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 1:05 AM
"This Filthy World," John Waters stand-up show about his life and career and overall observations, will be presented at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. in New London on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The filmmaker, actor, director, writer and artist...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 3:46 AM
While still digesting the vice presidential debate, let's go back to the last Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Lets recast it as a Hollywood movie -- a Frank Capra film we'll call "Mr. Obama Wants to Stay in Washington."...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Walt Disney Studios will no longer release movies from its partner DreamWorks Studios around the world.
The two companies have renegotiated their longstanding agreement. Going forward, Disney will only release movies produced by DreamWorks, the...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Alfred Hitchcock's very free 1935 adaptation of John Buchan's novel was almost certainly the calling card that got him invited to make films in America. As a work of pure entertainment, it out-Hollywoods Hollywood. The plot is that of a thriller. But...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 3:13 PM
What do you do to raise $250,000 in this belt-tightening era of budget cuts to education? That’s the challenge facing the Glendale Community College Foundation as members plan the college’s upcoming 85th Anniversary Celebration. A kickoff...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 1:13 PM
"The Radio City Christmas Spectacular": The Rockettes have entered the digital age — their show now features a 50-foot LED screen and even more fabulous visual effects. But the greatest effect of all remains the high kickers themselves,...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 10:00 AM
Amy Poehler has been a comedian of note for some time now — it's already 11 years since she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (and three and change since she left it), and before that there was "The Upright Citizens Brigade" on Comedy Central...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 9:22 PM
Looking dapper with his slicked-back hair and gray vest, Sawyer Stahl was all the part of George Bailey, the well-meaning banker of Bedford Falls whose frustrations nearly end him before he realizes that his is a wonderful life indeed.
But while some...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:36 AM
When Madeleine Barker's fellow cast members handed her the Oscar in the Claire Trevor Theatre, she felt excited for herself and a little sad for Judy Garland.
Barker, who plays Garland in UC Irvine's upcoming musical "Tinseltown Christmas," had been...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:36 AM
Best known as: The lovable Everyman in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and other Frank Capra classics; also took edgy turns in Hitchcock thrillers
Holiday classic: "It's a Wonderful Life"
Oscar? Best Actor in 1940 for "The...