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  • Football drama 'Greater' is an appealing underdog saga

    Football drama 'Greater' is an appealing underdog saga

    The true story of the late Arkansas Razorbacks football hero Brandon Burlsworth is an underdog saga to rival “Rudy,” and while the modest Burlsworth biopic “Greater” doesn’t have that film’s inspirational spark, the indie drama is just sweet enough and slick enough to appeal to pigskin fans and...

  • Crime looks gorgeous in the Hollywood Hills-set thriller 'Blood in the Water'

    Crime looks gorgeous in the Hollywood Hills-set thriller 'Blood in the Water'

    Filmmaking brothers Ben and Orson Cummings deliver a compact, cleverly constructed L.A. noir with “Blood in the Water,” their third film as a writer-director team. Though its story and character-development aren’t up to the standards of the genre classics it’s aping, the movie sports an attractively...

  • In Gary Edward Blum's paintings, everything is not what it seems

    In Gary Edward Blum's paintings, everything is not what it seems

    “The Silence Around You,” the title of Gary Edward Blum’s stimulating show as well as one of its paintings, hints of the counterintuitive. We often hear of the silence within, an inner calm that can steady us against external demands and decibels. Blum’s paintings at Ruth Bachofner Gallery do project...

  • Stacey Snider to take over as Fox Film chief sooner than expected

    Stacey Snider to take over as Fox Film chief sooner than expected

    Jim Gianopulos, the veteran chief of the 20th Century Fox film studio, is stepping down sooner than expected to make way for his replacement, Stacey Snider.  Snider, whose elevation was announced in June, will take over as chairman and chief executive of 20th Century Fox Film on Sept. 1. She had...

  • Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival

    Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival

    With the debate over diversity in Hollywood growing louder, the conversation will shift toward the world of comedy with the announcement of the Diversity in Comedy Festival by Hollywood’s Second City comedy club.  The goal of the October event is to offer a stage for people of color, LGBT performers...

  • What's behind those peepholes at Union Station?

    What's behind those peepholes at Union Station?

    Who can resist a peephole, visual entry to some sort of private delight? Especially one — make that a dozen — making their mysterious appeal in a highly public setting? The large wooden shipping crate parked at a jaunty angle to the foot traffic flowing through Union Station's grand waiting room...

  • Actor Steven Hill, the original D.A. on 'Law & Order,' dies at 94

    Actor Steven Hill, the original D.A. on 'Law & Order,' dies at 94

    Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy Dist. Atty. Adam Schiff on TV's long-running “Law & Order,” died Tuesday. He was 94. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said his wife, Rachel. The cause of...

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