| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:59 AM
After the success of the 2011 reboot "The Muppets," which delighted critics and grossed more than $165 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. Opening March 21, "Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the Muppet gang left off and sends them on a...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 7:08 AM
After the coffee. Before deciding if what I really want to do is direct.
The Skinny: Just bought the book "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America." I'll give you a full report when I finish. I've always been...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:49 PM
The tweets were coming fast and furious before many of the weekend screenings had rolled their credits: “Veronica Mars,” the Rob Thomas cult show revived as a Kickstarter film to much fanfare last year, was a bust.
You probably saw five in...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 7:28 AM
After the coffee. Before getting into my March Madness zone.
The Skinny: I finished reading "Kitty Genovese" by Kevin Cook about the infamous 1964 murder. While Cook does a good job of shooting holes into the accepted story about the horrendous crime,...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Jason Bateman is used to transitions.
In a career that stretches back nearly 35 years, he has pulled off tricky moves from child actor to adult star and from television to movies. Now, with the opening Friday of "Bad Words," his debut film as director,...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:16 AM
After the coffee. Before finding out why I'm not hosting the Emmys.
The Skinny: It is never fun giving a cat medicine. Try giving your cat three different doses if you really want frustration. I'm pretty sure Skinny isn't enjoying it either. Today's...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 8:26 AM
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale outfit with a peplum top and box-pleated skirt by Alexander McQueen on Wednesday when she and Prince William visited Elizabeth, a suburb of Adelaide, Australia. Among other things, the pair tried out a DJ deck at a...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"WHY DID it take so long? Why did it take so long to make the play into a film?"
That is the question Larry Kramer asked several months ago, as work progressed on Ryan Murphy's HBO adaptation of Kramer's devastating 1985 play "The Normal Heart."
| Apr 15, 2014
| 6:07 AM
After the coffee. Before hopping a plane back to L.A.
The Skinny: I'm on the East Coast right now so the blood moon happened past my bedtime. The pictures looked cool though. I survived my Seder. Now I just need to burn off the meal and hope the rain...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 8:06 PM
When Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell won the best actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," he gave a short thank-you speech in which he recalled being questioned by a customs official upon first arriving in the United...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:51 PM
Tom Sherak had a long career as a studio executive and was involved in hundreds of films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace." But Sherak is best known for the jobs he did for free or...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Anyone with half a brain and a teaspoon of common sense saw this coming a mile away. Nevertheless, I must describe the news flash of the week with these words: Shameful. Disgusting. Obscene.
Yes, today I'm writing about the microwave marriage of...