| Sep 3, 2011
| 3:46 PM
"Apollo 18" (PG-13). Supposed "lost footage"-style movie details the mission of Apollo 18. Two American astronauts are sent on a secret mission to the moon, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. TownMall Cinemas (1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40,...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Ray Donovan, the Hollywood fixer in the show by the same name, is going to be preoccupied for a time fixing his family - and himself. That was where season one ended and season two picks up, in this Showtime series of intermittent appeal, where Liev...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 11:33 AM
"Ray Donovan" (Showtime, Sundays). Ann Biderman's series about a Hollywood fixer, the dysfunctional (Boston Irish) family he came from and the dysfunctional family he heads begins a second season. (The last finished with revealed secrets, a degree of...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
What's my favorite Woody Allen movie? When I was asked, along with several other Variety staffers, to answer that question -- long before Dylan Farrow posed it rhetorically to the world -- for a 2013 sidebar to my own Allen interview, I picked "Husbands...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Monty Python has made it official.
The beloved British comedy group will be reuniting in July for a one-performance-only stage show at London's O2 Arena. The surviving members of Monty Python made the announcement Thursday at a comic press conference in...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
From my musings on which Simpsons character should be killed off: I could make a better argument for dusting Apu, the Indian-American owner of the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, purely on the grounds that the ethnic stereotyping of his character comes.......
| Dec 26, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Junior’s Deli, a 53-year-old Westside staple, will close at the end of the year, narrowing the ranks of Jewish delis in Southern California.
Employees, some of them multi-decade veterans of the business, learned Wednesday of the comfort food...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Depending on when she wrote and talked about her life, Linda Lovelace had two very different perspectives about her work on "Deep Throat" and in adult cinema. She initially said she performed willingly and embraced becoming an icon of sexual freedom, then...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:10 PM
How far does a girl have to go to untangle her tingle? This was the discreetly prurient poster question used to sell "Deep Throat" and Linda Lovelace to a mainstream public in 1972. The new biopic "Lovelace," about the grimly exploited porn star born...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:31 PM
In 1972, a cheap ($25,000) hardcore porn film named “Deep Throat” became all the rage among the sort of middle-class New Yorkers who previously would not have been caught dead at a porn theater. When the New York Times wrote about the...
| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| May 29, 2011
With 225 designer handbags — all stuffed with Dior beauty products — for sale in a silent auction at Tuesday's annual P.S. Arts "Bag Lunch," guests didn't just arrive on time. They came early to Heather Thomas Brittenham's Santa Monica home to...