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  • Reel Critics: 'Recall' blends previous sci-fi flicks

    Reel Critics: 'Recall' blends previous sci-fi flicks
    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...
  • High hopes, low notes for film world's NC-17 rating

     High hopes, low notes for film world's NC-17 rating
    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...
  • Hollywood's gay forays

    Hollywood's gay forays
    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...
  • 'Warren Oates: A Wild Life' by Susan Compo

    'Warren Oates: A Wild Life' by Susan Compo
    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...
  • 'Il Trittico,' the Los Angeles Opera

    'Il Trittico,' the Los Angeles Opera
    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,...
  • Opera: This Tosca leads the Puccini parade with purity

    Opera: This Tosca leads the Puccini parade with purity
    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...
  • In his new novel, 'The Exorcist' author balances philosophy and thrills

    In his new novel, 'The Exorcist' author balances philosophy and thrills
    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...
  • Robert Silverberg, science fiction elder statesman

    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...
  • Noel Irwin Hentschel calls on friends to help with China quake aid

    Noel Irwin Hentschel calls on friends to help with China quake aid
    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...
  • Paris Hilton's Home Intruder(s) Snag $2 Million in Jewelry

    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,...
  • Steppenwolf's confounding sage

    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...
  • Jim Webb, Hollywood's latest military man

    Jim Webb, Hollywood's latest military man
    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...