| Aug 1, 2014
| 10:00 AM
At the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, ambulance drivers get kickbacks for delivering patients, women regularly die from routine pregnancy complications and the chief of surgery's a strung-out cocaine addict who refuses to allow his black deputy to...
| Jul 24, 2014
Among recent Woody Allen films, the crabby but pretty "Magic in the Moonlight" is a well-thumbed playing card from the middle of the deck, not one of his fully good ones ("Midnight in Paris," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), not one of the whiffs ("Cassandra'...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:47 PM
It's a show bringing the science to the fiction, and vice versa -- so viewers might want to minimize their history bias.
"Manhattan" is the new '40s-set drama that zooms in on the scientists (and their families) behind the Manhattan Project, one of...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 3:56 PM
A new Woody Allen film hits the screen just about once a year. But if like the super-intelligent aliens in 1980's "Stardust Memories" you prefer the early, funny ones, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica features a double bill...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White's album "Lazaretto" sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles.
Jack Stoughton Jr.,...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
With great risk often comes great reward. That's what the filmmakers behind such classics as "Citizen Kane," "The French Connection" and "The Godfather" -- three movies that challenged established modes of lighting, framing and perspective -- learned...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:28 PM
Whether he was working in color or black and white, cinematographer Gordon Willis conceived the look of a film in gradations. In "The Godfather" trilogy, the Don was shrouded in the shadows of his underworld. In "All the President's Men," reporters...
| May 19, 2014
| 12:33 PM
The acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis, who died Sunday night at age 82, helped define the look of American cinema in the 1970s and '80s. Known as the Prince of Darkness for his bold use of shadows, Willis was a frequent collaborator of Francis...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 7:11 PM
The Golden Globes offered a tribute to Woody Allen on Sunday night, presenting the filmmaker with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, though he was not there to pick it up himself. Allen's longtime collaborator Diane Keaton, accepting the...
| Feb 16, 2014
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them,...
| Feb 6, 2014
Several months ago, I watched Woody Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan" for the first time since I was in my 20s and for perhaps the 10th time total.
"He adored New York City," Allen's character, Isaac Davis, says in voice-over in the opening lines. "He...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Matt Cherniss is turning to the past to define WGN America's brand identity for the future.
The cabler's president and general manager has moved quickly in his quest to redefine the Tribune Broadcasting flagship as an outlet for provocative original...