| Jul 21, 2014
| 12:42 PM
The late, great James Garner, one of America's best-loved actors, will be saluted by Turner Classic Movies with a 24-hour marathon of his films next week.
Garner died Saturday at the age of 86.
The tribute starts at 6 a.m. July 28. The festival will...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:25 PM
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has been a movie fan since his days as a kid in Brooklyn, when he had to sneak into the theater to avoid the wrath of his father. In his new book, "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film,...
| May 14, 2014
| 7:12 PM
"Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked."
The voice is calm, as if from a man running late for dinner, not from someone about to die.
The man speaking, Brian D. Sweeney, is gone, but his last message to his wife can be heard by picking up a...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Genre helmer Andreas Prochaska ("Dead in 3 Days") set out to make a hybrid oater-Heimat film, which is exactly what he delivers with "The Dark Valley." But did he mean for it to be so unspeakably leaden and humorless? This tale of a taciturn stranger...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:17 PM
News of Shirley Temple Black's death Monday night brought back wonderful memories for me, of my childhood and my early love of Hollywood.
Shirley Temple was one of my early obsessions. From the age of 5, I would watch and watch her movies from "Bright...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence.
In stories often set in Detroit...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Adapting Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" to 19th-century Japan proves remarkably apt in Lee Sang-il's version of David Webb Peoples' celebrated script, though the original's undercurrent of wrenching emotion here becomes more of a surface trickle....
| Aug 1, 2013
| 4:32 PM
TCM Summer Under the Stars 2013 lineup: TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars 24-hour marathons devoted to 31 of the most famous faces in film history. TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars returns this month with 24-hour marathons devoted to 31...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Elmore Leonard's con men, hustlers and killers never thought much of rules, but the master craftsman lived by one he held dear: If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.
“If proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go,” Leonard wrote in...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:59 AM
Hollywood began to take interest in Elmore Leonard, who died Tuesday, nearly 60 years ago. But back then he wasn't writing the crime novels he became famous for; he focused on western short stories and novels.
Here's a look at some of his earliest...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Hollywood always loved Elmore Leonard. The prolific novelist-screenwriter, who died Tuesday at age 87, didn't always return the affection.
Over the course of Leonard's six-decade do-si-do with the entertainment industry, his plain-spoken prose...
| Jul 25, 2011
In a world that's constantly changing, it's good to know that some things basically stay the same — for example, the movie western. It's a genre that hasn't changed much in the last century of cinematic history: There are good guys and there are bad...