| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:18 PM
When Alan Sepinwall was hired as a TV critic just out of college in 1996, he had no way of knowing he was about to witness “a big bang of sorts,” as he puts it in his new book "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and...
| Sep 12, 2012
Filmed shark for 'Jaws'
Ron Taylor, 78, an Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the dramatic underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller "Jaws," died Sunday at a Sydney hospital after battling leukemia....
| Aug 1, 2013
SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orlando theme park more than three years ago. But that's unlikely to happen in the near future — not after the...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Years after she first saw "The Passion of the Christ," Lori Pearson still feels queasy when she recalls the brutally graphic movie about the final hours of Jesus' life.
"After I left the theater I remember feeling physically uncomfortable," said...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
“Sharks. Tornado. Sharknado.”
That, right there, was the entire promo ad for the Syfy channel’s latest campy, poorly produced, shamefully acted, and horribly written masterpiece.
Look, I’m a seasoned vet...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Syfy's "Sharknado" premiered Thursday night, devouring the popularity of the network's previous campy shark flicks such as "Dinoshark," "Sharktopus" and the "Mega Shark Versus ..." duo. (That'd be "Crocosaurus" and "Giant Octopus.")
According to Syfy,...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 9:23 AM
A couple of weeks ago, millions of people talked about (if they didn't always watch) a made-for-cable movie about Los Angeles enduring a flying-shark attack. Thirty-eight years ago it was Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"; this summer it was Ian Ziering's...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:39 PM
It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share.
Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today — most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes — studying at Oxford,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Where were you in the summer of '73?
Like a lot of Americans, you might have been in a theater or drive-in movie basking in the nostalgic glow of "American Graffiti."
George Lucas' enduring and endearing coming-of-age-story set during the course of...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:39 PM
If you listened carefully in the hills and canyons around the Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, you could almost hear a simple ostinato built around two bass notes that evoked the ominous feeling of an imminent attack by a predatory shark.