| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:55 AM
It all started at Fairfield High School in 1991. Joe Landry, who lives in that town, was asked to write a stage adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" for the high school drama troupe to perform. He did.
A few years later, he thought it might be fun to...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Ill.,...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Although the idea isn't new -- it's essentially another "Blair Witch Project" knockoff -- "American Blackout" seems especially well timed, and perfectly tailored to the semi-hysterical nature of the media zeitgeist. Niftily cobbled together via a mix of...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 8:28 AM
Now that the lost 40-minute film footage Orson Welles created for his production of the William Gillette farce, "Too Much Johnson," had been found, restored, presented and praised -- could an a stage production of Welles' vision happen?
| Jul 22, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Orson Welles' landmark 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" didn't need Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus to turn it into a sensation.
The then 23-year-old Welles' sheer brilliance and chutzpah were enough for the broadcast to...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:18 PM
"Things to Come" (or "H.G. Wells' Things to Come," as it's sometimes known) was an oddity when released in 1936 and remains an oddity today. Wells was best known for his turn-of-the-century science-fiction novels ("The Time Machine," "War of the Worlds,"...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The big-budget "World War Z" (directed by Marc Forster from Max Brooks's novel) is first and foremost an old-fashioned zombie movie. It makes no rotting bones about it. In the 45 years since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" — whose...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Thanks, "Man of Steel." Because of the scene where Superman battles two of his adversaries from the planet Krypton in downtown Smallville, wrecking most of an IHOP and a Sears store, I now associate pancakes and appliances with pain and suffering.
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
In the midst of separating a generation of young female readers into Team Edward and Team Jacob, Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight" novels, started a new book called "The Host." Published by Little, Brown in 2008, "The Host" is a...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 7:11 PM
"The Darkest Hour" is the latest film to focus on the invasion of Earth by aliens from outer space.
The strange invaders are without any solid form. They appear as shape-shifting units of powerful glowing energy. They float down from the sky looking very...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 8:15 AM
After a growth spurt over the past few years, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has hit its stride as the leader in blood, guts and gore in Southern California. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 7:31 AM
What history dictates, Hollywood redirects.
Following 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq (President George W. Bush's own landmark case of redirection), skeptical and shaken moviegoers were offered a spate of films responding to our new wars on the...