| Mar 25, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Filmmakers working in contemporary Greater China face difficult choices over how they target their movies.
"Hong Kong, China and Taiwan have different cultures, different points of view," said Abe Kwong, a writer and director from Hong Kong who is now...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:46 AM
When it comes to family-friendly entertainment, the Muppets are one of the most successful franchises ever created. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are on the celebrity A-list of many parents and their kids. Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is an elaborate...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 11:41 AM
Miley Cyrus opened up about her broken engagement with Liam Hemsworth during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Friday.
The "We Can't Stop" singer, who is still somehow dominating the news cycle since her controversial MTV Video Music...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:03 PM
When Jennifer Lawrence is on the late-night circuit, ridiculous things are bound to spill out of her mouth.
The wisecracking "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star swung by "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday to promote her latest film,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:45 PM
When the receipts are tallied for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," heroine Katniss Everdeen and her famed arrows will likely hit a box-office bull's-eye. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence is forecast by some to sell as much as $180 million in...
| Jan 31, 2014
In general, I try to take an ecumenical approach to books and reading in this space. Sure, I have my own prejudices, but I take care not to impose them on others.
For example, I've tried three separate times to read "The Da Vinci Code" and can't...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before resetting the clock in my car.
The Skinny: Finally made it to The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Very cool place. Now I know where to go when I have to escape from the newsroom, which is every day. Monday's roundup (or is it...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Like any good dystopia, "The Hunger Games" depicts a frightening world that resonates with the anxieties of contemporary audiences -- a futuristic version of North America blighted by income inequality, government overreach and sadistic entertainment....
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:51 PM
If reviews are any indication, the "Hunger Games" film franchise need not fear the sophomore slump. Building on the success of the 2012 film, the sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is earning excellent reviews. Many critics are praising director...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s New York apartment contained approximately 50 bags of heroin at the time of his death on Sunday, according to multiple media reports.
Investigators also found used syringes and prescription drugs in the home of the 46-year-...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 12:00 PM
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human...