| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:30 PM
She's come undone. The title of one of my favorite Wally Lamb novels about a woman over the edge kept running through my mind as I watched Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine."
There's just no better way to put it. Jasmine, in such a paralyzing state...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:51 AM
NEW YORK — Does Woody Allen have regrets?
His new film, "Blue Jasmine," amplifies the air of concentrated self-examination that has long been a hallmark of his work. Though marked by buoyant moments of wry humor, the film is devastating in its...
| Jun 8, 2013
The show: "I'm Connecticut" at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Essex
First impressions: Would the romantic comedy by the Emmy Award-winning writer-producer of "The Simpsons" — and Connecticut native — Mike Reiss, be as hysterically funny as when I...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:15 PM
If you’ve been on the Web or social media the past 24 hours, you no doubt have caught some of the arguments about the Writers Guild list of the 101 best TV shows of all time. “The Wire” should be higher! “Seinfeld” over...
| May 15, 2013
It's a quintessential only-in-L.A. story, one that combines sex, drugs, rock and roll, glamour, money, celebrity, hang gliding, health food and a homegrown spirituality. The new documentary "The Source Family" looks at the group of the same name, who...
| May 9, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Hippie cult leader and Sunset Boulevard restaurateur Jim Baker (a.k.a Father Yod, a.k.a. YaHoWha) inspired a devoted following and no small amount of outrageous stories during his early '70s L.A. heyday. Apparently he killed two men with his bare hands....
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards are the biggest fashion runway on the planet. When Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and other stars step out onto the red carpet Sunday, they will be primed to talk as much about what and who they are wearing as about...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 4:41 PM
There is a brilliant scene in the Woody Allen movie "Annie Hall" that makes my imagination run wild.
The scene puts the main character, Alvey, back in his elementary school classroom, watching as his younger self gets disciplined for kissing a girl....
| Jan 26, 2013
| 10:14 AM
Oscar-winner Christopher Walken will talk about his life and career in "A Conversation with Christopher Walken" on Sunday, Feb. 17, at noon at Stratford's Scottish Rite Theatre, (formerly the Stratford Movie Theater), 2422 Main St..
This is the...
| Nov 18, 2012
Norma Shearer's silk sheets sat for years in a Los Angeles garage, with no one to admire the embroidered monogram: NST, for Norma Shearer Thalberg.
The starlet's Louis Vuitton steamer trunks waited in vain to voyage. One was dedicated solely to...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 2:11 PM
Actress and serial home renovator Diane Keaton has bought a house in Pacific Palisades for $5.6 million, public records show.
The purchase is unusual for Keaton in that the home was recently built — in 2009 — and is Cape Cod-influenced,...