| 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...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Do movie directors, like fine wines, get better with age? That may sound like a frivolous question, but it has long been debated by critics as they weigh the relative merits of fiery young upstarts versus wise old veterans. The question takes on renewed...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 11:24 AM
What follows are the favorite 10 albums of 2012 as chosen by Times pop music staffer Todd Martens:
1. Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam). No doubt this is Ocean's moment, what with his Grammy nominations and the romantic topicality of...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Woody Allen will be honored with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
The kudo will be presented to Allen at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
"There is no one more worthy of this...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Sony Pictures Classics is increasing the theater count for "Blue Jasmine" from 229 locations to more than 1,200 on Friday -- marking the widest release of Woody Allen's career.
The drama, which stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy socialite in the midst of...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:30 PM
She's come undone. The title of one of my favorite Wally Lamb novels about a woman over the edge kept running through my mind as I watched Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine."
There's just no better way to put it. Jasmine, in such a paralyzing state...
| May 23, 2013
| 2:02 PM
Often when you're young, and sometimes even when you're older than young, adulthood is something ventured into partway, like a wading pool. The deep end your friends are already inhabiting looks a long way away.
"Frances Ha," director and co-writer Noah...
| May 12, 2013
The Colony Theatre in Burbank continues its fight for survival due to serious financial shortfalls, but you'd never know it from the venerable mid-sized venue's fine season-ender, "Falling for Make Believe." This world premiere musical by Mark Saltzman,...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Last Wednesday night, Barbara Beckley got a familiar feeling of relief, as the Colony Theatre's production of "Falling for Make Believe" successfully completed its first preview performance at the 270-seat nonprofit Burbank venue. The usual suspense in...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 3:08 PM
NEW YORK — It's pushing midnight at Angus McIndoe, a Broadway watering hole. Marshall Brickman — who co-wrote "Sleeper," "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" with Woody Allen — is sitting at a table in the back. Rick Elice, who penned the book...