| Jan 7, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Friday night, at a cocktail party celebrating the release of the “Albert Nobbs” soundtrack, Glenn Close, Sinead O’Connor and Irish composer Brian Byrne might have seemed an unlikely grouping. Close was well-coiffed in a tailored slacks...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 2:42 PM
They say all good things must come to an end. With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business. I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools. There are several reasons why I'm switching...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Tilda Swinton is on my list of Top 3 actresses working today. She’s so good that movies I didn’t like (I am Love and Julia) were watchable just because of her performance in them.
I was livid she didn’t get nominated for an Oscar for...
| Jan 26, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
In 19th century Ireland, when people apparently can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman, Albert Nobbs (co-writer Glenn Close) works as a waiter in an upscale hotel where no one knows that he’s actually a woman....
| Jan 13, 2012
| 2:53 PM
When I talked to Graham Norton in December, his "scrappy mixed terrier thing" kept interrupting by attacking her loudest toy. Her name, he said, is Madge, which led me to ask if she's named after Madonna.
"Well yes, but I didn't do it! I don't want to...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 12:21 PM
Glenn Close invested heavily in bringing a stage play in which she once starred to the screen, also contributing to the script, and the result was her latest Oscar nomination.
She's typically superb as an individual keeping a big secret while working...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Is silence truly golden? Can George Clooney's tears bring Oscar happiness? Will Billy Crystal's yuks play as well as they did eight years ago? And could the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the first time bestow acting statuettes on two...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 7:51 PM
"Chronicle"is a very nifty first effort from director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis.
Max is the son of legendary John Landis of "Animal House," "Trading Places" and "Twilight Zone" fame. This new film blends several movie genres in thoughtful...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 9:39 AM
Lauren Kennedy, Erik Liberman and Danielle Ferland will be featured in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods," a co-production with Baltimore's CenterStage and the Westport Country Playhouse.
Mark Lamos, artistic director of the...
| Feb 5, 2012
OK, so maybe your invitation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got lost in the mail this year.
But you've paid your money, watched the films, then later picked them apart scene by scene with family and friends.
So what if you don't...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:42 AM
LOS ANGELES -- "The Help," a movie about the treatment of maids in a Mississippi town during the civil rights era, took top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, making it the movie to watch as the Oscar awards approach next month.