| Jul 11, 2013
| 2:51 PM
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" (IFC, Friday). Scott Aukerman's funny, not entirely faux talk show, developed from a podcast of the same name -- but with roots also in "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," the studiously awkward Web series he has produced...
| Sep 20, 2012
Meet Michael Madsen
Friday and Saturday
Hollywood Palms – Naperville
Hollywood Blvd – Woodridge
MICHAEL MADSEN is most notably recognized for his role as the sadistic
killer, Mr. Blonde, in Quentin...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:44 AM
Michael Chabon's new novel, "Telegraph Avenue," is like a child's bedroom overflowing with '70s pop culture — with used vinyl records and Motown name-dropping and cheesy blaxploitation movies, and set against a backdrop of racial identity in...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:20 PM
Michael Chabon's best-selling new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” is set in and around Brokeland Records, a used-vinyl record store on the border between Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., where Chabon has lived since the late 1990s. The story follows...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Wendy Davis became a media star Tuesday, even though the major TV networks barely mentioned her.
The 50-year-old Texas state senator waged a 10-hour-plus filibuster in Austin aimed at blocking a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks and force the...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 5:04 PM
As diverse as Quentin Tarantino's first films (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown”) were in tone (tragic, comic and romantic, respectively), they all took place within roughly the same world and the same...
| Dec 21, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
I couldn’t listen to writer-director Quentin Tarantino talk for an especially long time, but the guy’s got a remarkable knack for dialogue. His characters, and the highly cinematic scenes he creates for them, command the...
| May 24, 2013
| 7:00 AM
If Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano share a single regret, it's having not risked spinal injury together to film a key sequence for the thriller "Fast & Furious 6" last year. The action actresses get downright aw-shucks-y — wistful, even —...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:55 AM
“For me it's no fun to be a predictable guy in music,” says Brad Paisley. Indeed, the country star delivers the unexpected with his ambitious new release “Wheelhouse” (Arista Nashville).
The 17-track album is crammed with the...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When Los Angeles Opera presented its new production of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" a few years ago at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the packed house included the usual assortment of donors and local opera buffs. Nestled somewhere in the orchestra...
| Sep 9, 2011
"Shaolin," with its feuding warlords and fighting monks in '20s era China, is a sprawling popcorn blast of action kept spinning with crazy cool kung fu, tons of fake spurting blood (I think everyone had a packet clinched in their teeth) and slacker...
| Sep 19, 2010
"Elegant American sportswear." Those are the words that best sum up the recent spring 2011 runway shows in New York. A new generation of designers has turned the page here, led by Alexander Wang, who has figured out what people want and how much they...