| 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-...
| 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 25, 2013
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.
The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet.
The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:44 AM
"The future belongs to those who know where they belong," says Kate Winslet early in the new trailer for "Divergent", setting up its tale of conformity and its discontents.
Directed by Neil Burger and based on a bestselling novel by Veronica Roth,...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:30 PM
"Divergent" director Neil Burger will not helm "Insurgent," the second title in Lionsgate's upcoming young-adult franchise, and the studio has set the sequel for a March 20, 2015, release.
Burger is currently in post-production for "Divergent,"...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:57 PM
Producer Judd Apatow and costume designer April Ferry will be among the honorees at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards set for Feb. 22, the organization announced Tuesday.
Apatow, whose movies include the soon-to-be-released "Anchorman 2:...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:31 AM
You never know what's going to come out of Jennifer Lawrence's mouth.
The latest example: When she told Conan O'Brien about her sex toy stash. It should be noted, "The Hunger Games" and "American Hustle" star claims she only had it as a joke.
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:33 AM
Since taking the Telluride and Toronto film festivals by storm in the early fall, "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" have dominated the Oscar conversation. Three months of screenings and cocktail receptions and glad-handing have done little to alter the...