| Dec 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
You've seen smoother, more elegant con movies than "American Hustle," but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 6:39 PM
Eileen Brennan, a veteran actress best known for an Oscar-nominated turn in the 1980 comedy "Private Benjamin," one of her many tough-talking, soft-hearted roles, has died. She was 80.
Brennan died of bladder cancer Sunday at her home in Burbank,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The family that cons together stays together? Well, not necessarily. What happens when they attempt to pull the grift on one another?
That's the big question raised by Carla Ching's "Fast Company," a new dramatic comedy currently being showcased in...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:50 PM
"All Is Lost" begins in darkness. There is a voice, though. Weary, almost apologetic, our man speaks of struggle, of trying and failing against an unforgiving sea. But soon the words stop and other languages — sight, sound, silence — pick up...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:07 AM
In an earlier Hollywood era, Eileen Brennan would have thrived as a character actor. She had a distinctive style that echoed tough dames like Eve Arden, Thelma Ritter and Angela Lansbury.
Brennan wasn't movie-star beautiful, but she was memorable, and...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Marion Dougherty came to New York from Pennsylvania in 1944 with dreams of becoming a theater set designer. While waiting for her big break, she worked for $45 a week designing windows at Bergdorf Goodman. But Dougherty's break came in a different form...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:18 PM
The Santa Monica Pier's Front Porch Cinema series kicks off a second year of free films over four Fridays starting Sept. 27. This year, Front Porch is collaborating on the series with Film Independent.
Doug Jones, the nonprofit arts organization's...
| May 16, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Before there was a Game 1 between the Rangers and Bruins in 1973 at Boston Garden, there was a Stanley Cup Final Game 1 between the teams there in 1972.
"The cops come into our dressing room before that game," Emile "The Cat" Francis said Wednesday from...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy "Tootsie" and the TV sitcom "Evening Shade," died Monday. He was 89.
Durning, a decorated veteran of World War II,...
| Jul 14, 2012
One day in 1962, the Hollywood legend Darryl F. Zanuck turned to his 27-year-old son, Richard, seeking advice.
Whom, the elder Zanuck asked, should he appoint head of production of 20th Century Fox, which had fallen on hard times and was losing...
| Aug 8, 2012
When Marvin Hamlisch auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music, he played not Chopin or Mozart but the American folk standard "Goodnight, Irene," a choice that could have had lamentable results for any other prospective student.
But Hamlisch quickly...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 2:58 AM
Universal Pictures has been celebrating its century-long milestone all year, and as that period nears its end, the studio releases a mammoth collection of many of the top films that mark its history thus far.
The titles range from "All Quiet on the...