| 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...
| May 20, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Architect of exiting autocracy invited to the White House
Monday, May 20 -- Myanmar President Thein Sein’s visit to Washington symbolically celebrates his nation’s embrace of democracy and the rule of law after half a century of...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Now that the dust has settled and cold reality has replaced airy speculation, it's clearer than ever that as far as the 2013 best picture Oscar was concerned, Hollywood's directors gave and took away.
Not content with being the powers on the set, the...
| May 3, 2013
| 7:49 AM
Summer is the season for blockbusters at the box office, and this year Hollywood is going all in.
Midway through a year of declining attendance and ticket sales, the major studios are betting heavily on big-budget spectacles that can fatten the bottom...
| 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 31, 2013
| 1:39 PM
ou may have noticed this past week that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of local "emergency" due to Hollywood's production exodus out of California amid a flood of tax breaks from New York to New Zealand.
It seems that film studios...