| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:12 AM
The University of California is launching an unusual new online fundraising effort — with an assist from celebrities — that's designed to attract donations from young alumni and others who may respond to social media.
The six-week Promise...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Sometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall -- or so goes "Baggage Claim," a movie about a Flight Attendant Barbie type who runs herself ragged chasing prospects while her perfect suitor may as well be...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:28 PM
With Halloween trying to sneak up on us, it's time to look without fear at the differences between what makes men scary and what makes women scary.
For example, your male villain in a horror movie must have third-degree peeling burns and open sores over...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 9:02 AM
NEW YORK -- Lee Daniels is never one to hold back on hot-button topics like race and the movie business.
So when the director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is asked why he thinks it was hard to get his new movie financed, he comes back...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen.
A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37...
| May 8, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The new trailer for Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” shows an up-from-his-bootstraps man moving, Zelig-like, through U.S. presidential history, demonstrating how “one man overcame his past.”
But for at least one of the actors...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:11 PM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is neither as good as it might have been nor as bad as survivors of "The Paperboy" may have feared. An ambitious and overdue attempt to create a Hollywood-style epic around the experience of black Americans in general and the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The year's first serving of Oscar bait has arrived on a silver platter in the form of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a star-studded historical drama starring Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 1:50 PM
When I saw the original "Kick-Ass" in 2010, I called it a disturbing new movie category.
It starts as a sarcastic look at the whole superhero genre. But it clearly targeted younger teens with a strange mix of cute, profane and truly violent parts....
| Jun 7, 2013
Of all the things I imagined Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher might choose for his directing debut, "Violet & Daisy," the story of two teenage assassins on the loose in New York City, was not on the list.
Fletcher, who won the Oscar for his screenplay...
| Oct 4, 2012
Talk about your beasts of the Southern wild! In director Lee Daniels' jacked-up bayou melodrama "The Paperboy," taken from the comparatively sane 1995 potboiler by Pete Dexter, a screen full of charismatic actors do their damnedest not to turn into a...
| Jan 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey wants to better the world in her own way, and that absolutely, positively excludes a political career.
The media powerhouse who threw her clout behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy says she will never seek office....