| May 31, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Richard Pryor died in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack related to multiple sclerosis. The unexpected thing, given his life and habits and health, was not that he died so young but that he lived so long.
Marina Zenovich's enlightening...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment.
Confession: In middle school, my friend...
| 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...
| May 20, 2013
| 1:26 PM
"Do I get paid for this?" says Mel Brooks at the end of Robert Trachtenberg's biographical documentary, "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," premiering Monday as part of the PBS series "American Masters." "If this program was called 'Dutch Masters,' I'd have boxes...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:13 PM
"The Newlywed Game" is renewing its TV vows.
Episodes of the veteran game show that pits newly married couples against each other are being revived on Bounce TV, which is geared toward African Americans. The series, which first premiered on ABC in 1965,...
| May 15, 2013
| 3:19 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will resume its summer screening series on June 5 with the showing of Joss Whedon's 2012 adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing."
The screening will be one of 25 events scheduled from June to August at...
| May 16, 2013
| 4:06 PM
"North America" (Discovery Channel, Sunday). The latest blockbuster nature documentary to justify your purchase of an HDTV (see also "Planet Earth," "Life," "Frozen Planet," "Africa") is the seven-part "North America." There are some hectoring musical...
| May 28, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Biography is one of the most satisfying of documentary types, and this week finds a trio of excellent offerings.
“Ethel” is an intimate, personal look at a celebrated American, Ethel Kennedy, directed by Rory Kennedy, her accomplished...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 10:50 PM
The May TV schedule is filled with finales, but don't think you won't have anything to watch. The Bluths are back! Yes, on May 26 Netflix with offer up all 15 episodes of the new "Arrested Development" with all the sitcom's original cast intact. Can't...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 1:41 PM
The title says it all, as the icon of humor is featured in a wide variety of appearances, from episodes of "Get Smart" (which he co-created) and "Mad About You" to the Emmy-nominated HBO special "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again" and segments...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Not since Mel Brooks served up the movies of Alfred Hitchcock like so much chopped liver in "High Anxiety" has the master of suspense been more comically garroted than he is in "The 39 Steps," the latest attraction at the Laguna Playhouse.
And, as he did...