| Jan 9, 2014
| 8:30 PM
No one came to blows, suffered a heart attack or stormed out of the room: In other words, it was an unusually mellow year at the National Society of Film Critics' annual voting meeting, where the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" rebounded from its WGA...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Amy Poehler landed a joke about slavery, Bono paid moving tribute to Nelson Mandela, Leonardo DiCaprio launched the term "Philomania," and Jacqueline Bisset, well, one doesn't like to conjecture but, in the end, she did leave the stage under her own...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Are men obsolete? Geneticists might argue and the folks on Fox News certainly believe it's a hot topic, but NBC, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey just triumphed at the Golden Globes, and ABC, where Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Oscars, seem to be...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Beginning today, Chris Erskine returns to the home front, with musings on love, life and the bittersweet joys of children moving back home.
Remember dropping your first kid off at college? It was like a knife wound, right? Never thought you'd recover,...
| Jan 24, 2014
An agent once asked actress Didi Conn, "Do you really talk that way?"
It was a voice that sounded like a Brooklyn pixie and the young woman fresh from American Musical Dramatic Academy landed a root beer commercial, one of scores she made over the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Traditional, neo-traditional, progressive, newgrass, cybergrass... whew. Bluegrass has gotten pretty complicated.
Greensky Bluegrass, a five-man acoustic outfit from Kalamazoo, Mich., stumbled onto a simple, winning formula: 1) play tons of live shows,...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Welcome to the 2014 edition of brunch time at the Grammy Awards.
The big concert extravaganza at Staples Center isn't for a few hours yet (5 p.m. Pacific time and tape-delayed until 8 p.m. for the West Coast), but the bulk of the Grammys will be awarded...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Top nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk were among the leading winners at the pre-telecast Grammy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took a three-trophy haul, as their hit set "The Heist" scored...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It's a small booth on the far corner of the NATPE exhibition floor, but baby boomers and TV connoisseurs are beating a path to space No. 108 this year to shake hands with a Smothers brother.
Dickie Smothers aims to launch the next chapter of his long...
| Aug 16, 2013
Don Roy King was Emmy-nominated for directing the "Justin Timberlake" episode, which features host Timberlake being inducted into the show's legendary Five-Timers Club. The sight of multiple celebrities onstage generates lots of response but is hard to...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:42 AM
One of the saddest casualties of the digital age is the physical newspaper. For me, one of the saddest parts of that larger loss is the likely end of the age of comic strips.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:40 PM
The Shubert in New Haven prides itself on its historical significance. This was the theater where Rodgers & Hammerstein, Neil Simon and many other theater legends chose to try out their new works before they went to Broadway. The 2013-14 Shubert "Best...