| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before resetting the clock in my car.
The Skinny: Finally made it to The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Very cool place. Now I know where to go when I have to escape from the newsroom, which is every day. Monday's roundup (or is it...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 12:28 PM
There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances.
Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:16 AM
With seats scarce and ticket prices through the roof, "Betrayal" is one of the most coveted shows on Broadway. The production features real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz enacting Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, directed...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:21 AM
After the coffee. Before digging out the umbrella and raincoat.
The Skinny: I've lived in Los Angeles on and off for more than 12 years and I'm still amazed that a little rain is the lead story on the news and brings traffic to a grinding halt. Well,...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:49 AM
After the coffee. Before cranking "Rock 'n' Roll Animal."
The Skinny: When other kids were buying Beatles albums, I was buying the Velvet Underground's "Loaded." Lou Reed made me feel blue when I wanted to feel blue and lifted me up when I wanted to get...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 10:05 PM
Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, whose film career was marked by a long-running rivalry with her sister, Olivia de Havilland, died on Sunday at age 96 at her home in Carmel, California, according to reports.
The Hollywood Reporter and the Los...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Sometimes it seems like Leonardo DiCaprio is just working his way backward through the 20th century.
After all, he played J. Edgar Hoover in 2011, starred as Jay Gatsby in May and now, per this Hollywood Reporter item, could tackle the role of Woodrow...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:39 PM
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat.
With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, is rejecting a recent claim by her daughter's estranged father that poisoning was a possible cause of the actress' 2009 death.
Angelo Bartoletti, Brittany's biological father, last week made public the results of...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:18 AM
Because too much time has passed since there was a judge shakeup on a singing competition show, it looks like Demi Lovato will be stepping down from her judge's perch on "The X Factor."
The 21-year-old singer told reporters after Wednesday's finale show...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 7:31 AM
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Anchorman 2" fared on day one.
The Skinny: Caught the first episode of HBO's "True Detective." Might as well hand Matthew McConaughey the Emmy now and save everyone else some time and money. I'm saving the other...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Here are a couple of new warps in the ever-expanding universe of media and entertainment: Katie Couric is exiting broadcast television for the chance to do an Internet show for Yahoo, and a giant, animated space kitty made Miley Cyrus the buzz-leader at...