| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:16 AM
As he excavated 40 years of hip-hop culture for the VH1 documentary "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop," Miami filmmaker Billy Corben turned up footage of Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2004 Democratic National Convention bantering with a...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Brian Grazer, the prolific film and television producer, has sold his Malibu Colony beach house for $17.375 million, making it the second most expensive sale to post so far this year in the local Multiple Listing Service.
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| Mar 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
If just the mention of the name Ed Asner puts the theme song from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in your head, then the actor's longtime Studio City house will probably bring to mind his trademark character: lovable, flawed, curmudgeonly, fatherly editor Lou...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The wait for the first clip of the upcoming "Annie" movie musical remake is over.
A thirty-second teaser trailer and preliminary movie poster were released Wednesday, providing a glimpse of young actress Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role, Jamie Foxx as...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:27 PM
I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater.
Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." It's been a favorite of mine for decades.
| Mar 12, 2014
To say that "Need for Speed" is one of the better movies derived from a videogame source may not sound like much of an endorsement given the competition ("Street Fighter," "Tekken," "Super Mario Bros."), but it's an apt description of this mash note to...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:15 AM
The wheel was not kind to comedian Arslon. Forced to spend four minutes performing only crowd work, the Turkish standup said simply in his broken English, "This is the biggest punishment to comedy." But this is what the standup gets for signing up to take...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Tim Story calls it "director's jail."
That's where Story, 43, found himself just a few years ago, despite his successful directorial debut in 2002 with "Barbershop," which earned critics' praise and made $77 million worldwide on a modest $12-million...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Emmy Award-winning director Robert Butler was looking over his list of credits recently in preparation for the UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Evening With Robert Butler" celebration Thursday at the Billy Wilder Theater.
"I won't be coy," confessed...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 11:00 AM
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Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 8:13 AM
It grossed just $2.2 million at the U.S. box office, but "The East," the eco-thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Alexander Skarsgård and Brit Marling, topped The Times' fourth-annual poll for most underappreciated movie of the year, beating...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
As widely predicted, Alfonso Cuaron took home the top prize at Saturday's Directors Guild Awards for Warner Bros.' "Gravity," making his Oscar chances seem even stronger as director. But the big question is whether this prize will translate into a best-...