Chris Lee

Writer

Chris Lee no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he covered movies, music, media and Hollywood culture. 

Recent Articles

  • 'The Wave' director sought to make a fiord-disaster movie with heart

    'The Wave' director sought to make a fiord-disaster movie with heart

    It arrives as a singularly Scandinavian cinematic offering that until last year had somehow never materialized on theater screens: the fiord disaster movie. Inspired by epic-scale catastrophe classics — "Twister" and "Armageddon" among them — as well as real-life historical events, director Roar...

  • The Meryl Streep method of attracting Oscar nominations

    The Meryl Streep method of attracting Oscar nominations

    The film academy's actors branch may be loath to admit it, but landing an Oscar nod is a fairly precise science. Almost without exception each year, Academy Award nominations are handed out to performers who take on a finite number of boilerplate character parts. And while all actors have dabbled...

  • Evgeny Afineevksy's 'Winter on Fire' took him to the front line of Ukraine's revolution

    Evgeny Afineevksy's 'Winter on Fire' took him to the front line of Ukraine's revolution

    In director Evgeny Afineevsky's Oscar-nominated documentary "Winter on Fire," the viewer is plunged into a singular cinematic experience: a revolutionary's view of a spontaneous civil rights uprising that actually toppled a government. The riveting feature, which arrived in limited release in October...

  • DJ Steve Aoki balances decadent party image with business dreams

    DJ Steve Aoki balances decadent party image with business dreams

    It was just past 2 a.m. on one of those "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" Saturday nights, and a capacity crowd of more than 3,000 revelers inside the Strip's epically proportioned nightclub Hakkasan Las Vegas were tripping the light fantastic. To the pummeling oontz-oontz-oontz of electro...

  • Kelsey Grammer trades 'Frasier' for villains and tough guys

    Kelsey Grammer trades 'Frasier' for villains and tough guys

    With his stentorian voice and pompous whiff of erudition, Kelsey Grammer cemented a spot in TV history playing Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years, first on "Cheers" and then on "Frasier." But now, since Grammer's 2011-12 Starz series "Boss" effectively pressed reset on his career, the performer is...

  • William Eubank used ingenuity — and begging — to get 'The Signal' made

    William Eubank used ingenuity — and begging — to get 'The Signal' made

    Strenuous spoiler avoidance has been maintained in most stories about "The Signal" since its premiere to ecstatic praise at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Even descriptions of the movie's genre and tone are less than straightforward. "The Signal" starts off as the kind of minutely observed...

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