| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Darko Tresnjak and Joey Parnes — the Broadway newbie and the veteran producer — sit in the orchestra section of the Walter Kerr Theatre looking remarkably serene. After all, it was the last day to put in any finishing touches before critics...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Steven-Charles Jaffe's first-rate documentary "Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird" appears right on the heels of "Dear Mr. Watterson," another enjoyable cinematic profile of a famed cartoonist ("Calvin and Hobbes'" Bill Watterson). But Jaffe's film...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
The most depressing (and difficult) part of a trade critic's job is predicting how any given film will fare at the box office. How often have you read a Variety review that scolds a movie for being an epic travesty, then goes on to forecast how it will...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Time was when hit Broadway shows were turned into movies. Now, judging by recent productions at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, it's the other way around.
Recent attractions at the center have included "Billy Elliot," "The Addams Family,"...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe smiled -- and at times sobbed -- as she testified Thursday about her memories of her former husband, offering one of the most intimate looks at the intensely private pop star during a 3½-month trial focused on his...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Director Jason Reitman suspects he will get the same "Labor Day" question that dogged Joyce Maynard when she wrote her 2009 novel of the same name: How could any single mother invite an escaped prisoner into her home?
| Apr 9, 2012
| 7:03 AM
Da'Vine Joy Randolph says she's been guided by good and powerful spirits.
There were the spirits of the African-American classical singer who inspired her when she was in high school, of an acting mentor who guided her from music to theater when she...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 9:17 AM
Da'Vine Joy Randolph isn't the only recent Yale School of Drama grad in the spotlight in the Broadway musical,"Ghost," based in the 1990 hit film.
Bryce Pinkham, who graduated in 2008 just as Randolph was entering the three-year program, is cast in the...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 3:19 PM
NEW YORK — What with "Ghost,""Lysistrata Jones" and other wearying disappointments, the 2012-13 Broadway season hardly will go down as a banner year for new American musicals. Indeed, should the best-musical Tony Award go, at Sunday night's...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 1:07 PM
— At one moment in "Ghost,"the cold, over-produced and structurally lazy new musical from London that resembles more a metallic Times Square theme-park ride than a legitimate show with heart, the initially skeptical character of Molly (Caissie Levy)...
| May 17, 2012
| 8:16 PM
Her publisher surely meant well, but the cover of Anne Tyler's new novel "The Beginner's Goodbye" (Knopf) is all wrong.
The cover — a pair of elegant cups and saucers displayed against a doily-white background — might reasonably be...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 1:49 PM
"The Book of Mormon" will be in good company when the 2013-14 series of touring Broadway shows opens in Orlando in the fall.
"War Horse," the 2011 best-play Tony winner, and "Once," the Tonys' best musical of 2012, will join "The Book of Mormon" when...