| Dec 16, 2012
| 3:44 PM
Hollywood films have for years been doing strong business in China. But rarely does an American film perform better in China that it does stateside.
That's been the case for "Life of Pi," filmmaker Ang Lee's adaptation of the bestselling 2001 novel about...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
With the Oscars finally upon us Sunday, it's do-or-die for the movies ranked in the L.A. Times Data Desk's HeatMeter, which tallies points at events throughout the season to gauge the overall traction of people and films. With Ben Affleck's "Argo"...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 11:25 AM
Author/filmmaker Salman Rushdie joined Jon Stewart Tuesday night on "The Daily Show" to talk about the forthcoming film version of his bestselling novel "Midnight's Children."
The 1981 novel won a slew of awards -- including the Man Booker Prize, the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 3:39 PM
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination — and launched a...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:57 AM
Chinese moviegoers will soon be able to see “Django Unchained,” but it won’t be the same version that was mysteriously pulled from theaters two weeks ago.
Sony Pictures announced Friday that Quentin Tarantino’s freed-slave...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 8:29 PM
L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin went to see "Gatz" last weekend -- that's a live stage version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Ulin's review is forthcoming in the L.A. Times, but he gives us a preview of his thoughts -- and then we...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:45 AM
The Tooth Fairy and her friends will be no match for a couple of sharp-fanged vampires at the box office this Thanksgiving.
After debuting with a massive $141.1 million last weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" is expected to rule the...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 9:16 AM
There were three fresh offerings at the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday, but moviegoers opted for leftovers instead.
For the second consecutive weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" claimed the No. 1 position. After...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 2:02 PM
Here's a sampling of upcoming literary events in the next few weeks (in date order).
Thursday, November 7
Amy Waters Yarinske, author of “An American in the Basement: The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-up of His Death,”...
| Oct 24, 2013
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Closing out Survival Month at the Movies (“Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “12 Years a Slave”), “All is Lost” presents the gravity of being Captain Redford for eight days. No, that isn&...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:30 PM