| 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 27, 2012
History was made at the 84th annual Academy Awards last night when, for the first time in 83 years, a silent film took home the prize for 'Best Picture'.'The Artist' triumphed over its hard-hitting contenders 'The Descendants,''The Help,' 'Moneyball,'...
| 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...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 1:08 PM
He does it through flashbacks, but veteran talent Christopher Plummer gives a typically superb performance in writer-director Mike Mills' seriocomic tale of a man (Ewan McGregor) recalling his deceased father (Plummer), who decided to come out of the...
| Dec 19, 2011
*** (out of four)
No hard feelings, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev. In helming the poorly paced 2009 Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” you tried your best. But David Fincher now owns you.
With his English language...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 12:44 PM
Come to the land of the ice and snow/From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow…
These lyrics start off Led Zeppelin’s third album, and they start of the American version of the Nordic tale The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This version...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 7:44 AM
The show: “The Tempest” at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. in the Berkshires, starring Olympia Dukakis.
Didn’t we just see “The Tempest?”: Several times, if you count Hartford Stage’s stylish production and...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 8:46 AM
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in an off-Broadway play from the Roundabout Theatre Company. The Oscar-nominated actor will appear in the ensemble comedy-drama "If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet" by British playwright Nick Payne.
| Sep 28, 2008
Paul Newman was a stage actor who became a movie star. A sex symbol who celebrated 50 years of marriage with his second wife. A grieving father who turned to philanthropy after the death of his only son. A citizen activist who campaigned for liberal...
| Dec 26, 2009
| 9:34 PM
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 27 - Jan. 2, in PDF format This week's TV Movies A QUIET VILLAGE: In advance of the highly anticipated sequel, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon star in a......
| Dec 27, 2009
| 4:34 AM
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 27 - Jan. 2, in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY The hills are alive . . . Julie Andrews goes from novice nun to nanny to outwitting......
| Jan 3, 2010
| 4:33 PM
The race for best drama picture at the Golden Globes is a close contest between "Avatar" and "Up in the Air," according to the predictions of these pundits: Thelma Adams (Us Weekly), Scott Bowles (USA Today), Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine),...