| Aug 9, 2012
| 7:49 PM
Director Len Weisman honed his craft on loud action films like "Live Free and Die Hard" and the "Underworld" franchise.
His remake of "Total Recall" boils down to a two-hour futuristic chase movie with grandiose psychedelic overtones. The complex...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 8:30 AM
In the late '80s a thunderbolt of inspiration struck Jack Valenti, longtime chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America: What if his organization got rid of the X rating, besmirched by years of misappropriation by hard-core exploitation films, and...
| Feb 15, 2009
Much already has been said, written and blogged about the merits of Sean Penn's performance as Harvey Milk. About his uncanny channeling of Milk's nasally eloquence, his skill in replicating Milk's puckish intelligence and his striking physical...
| Mar 26, 2009
Many a great film director is tethered artistically to a trusted actor: John Ford had the Duke, Fellini had Mastroianni and Scorsese had De Niro.
For Sam Peckinpah, the volatile maverick who reinvented the western as a hyperviolent, nihilistic...
| Sep 8, 2008
PATIENT, persistent Plácido Domingo long ago decided that he wanted Woody Allen for Los Angeles Opera. The company came up with any number of cockamamie proposals -- such as commissioning Allen to write the libretto for a new opera by John Williams,...
| May 19, 2008
Come Dec. 22, celebrations of Puccini’s 150th birthday may abound. But, generally, opera companies are not making the fuss typical of major anniversaries of popular (and even unpopular) composers this year. Or perhaps the companies are. It can be...
| Apr 1, 2010
In the annals of demonology, William Peter Blatty falls somewhere between St. Augustine and Joss Whedon.
He isn't the first person who's ever written about demons and demonic possession, but he has provided us with one of the genre's most memorable...
| Apr 21, 2009
Right about then, the Age of Aquarius seemed to be reaching an apocalyptic conclusion: Amid campus riots, a contentious war and political assassinations, it was hard not to feel fatalistic.
And Robert Silverberg, a New York writer who'd recently...
| May 27, 2008
ENTERTAINMENT industry moguls and various local billionaires seem to have two favorite California Republicans: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (of course) and the not as well known but equally liked Noel Irwin Hentschel.
This week, the Bel Air entrepreneur...
| Dec 19, 2008
An estimated $2 million worth of jewelry and other belongings was stolen from the home of Paris Hilton, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident occurred at 5 a.m. at Hilton's Hollywood Hills home on Clarendon Street. The burglar,...
| Jul 1, 2007
Anna Shapiro remembers first reading "August: Osage County" late one night in the wintertime."I thought I'd doze off and finish in the morning," she recalls. "But I couldn't put it down." When she got to the end, she rang playwright Tracy Letts, also...
| Jun 18, 2008
FOR A TIME, Hollywood was enamored with former NATO commander and Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark. He was feted at packed Beverly Hills parties every time he breezed through town. But these days, there's a new military man on the radar: Jim...