| Mar 25, 2009
| 11:23 AM
| Feb 10, 2009
| 10:42 AM
White House: Obama going to Ill. for Lincoln 200th
WASHINGTON Barack Obama is heading back to his home state for the first time as president.
The White House says Obama will travel to Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 12 in honor of one of his heroes,...
| Dec 29, 2008
"Marley & Me," the tale of a boisterous dog, led a strong pack of movies at the box office over the weekend, but together, they still couldn't pull this year's movie attendance out of the doghouse.
"Marley" made the most money ever for a Christmas Day...
| Dec 16, 2008
| 1:08 PM
It's an odd kind of algebra: Anything that serves double duty always seems three times as entertaining. (Like those Marvel two-in-one comics that featured, say, the Thing and Spider-Man.)
During the holidays, when the days and weeks are compressed, baked...
| Nov 16, 2008
The iconic image from " Watchmen," Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' ground-breaking graphic novel, is a yellow button sporting the familiar happy-face design. Next to the cheerful smile, though, you'll find a foreboding splatter of blood. ¶ That good-news-...
| Nov 5, 2008
Ray Ellis, the versatile pop music arranger who wrote the charts for hits by the Four Lads, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Doris Day and Johnny Mathis, has died. He was 85.
Ellis, a longtime resident of Ojai, died Oct. 27 of liver cancer at an assisted-...
| Sep 19, 2008
Amid the congested pantheon of romantic male leads, one would be hard-pressed to find a more improbable candidate than Ricky Gervais. I mean, can we talk? Even if one could somehow exorcise images of David Brent, the gaseous desk jockey immortalized by...
| Aug 14, 2008
GEORGE LUCAS, looking overheated under the midday sun, gamely worked the red carpet last Sunday at the world premiere of the latest cinematic installment to his space saga, " Star Wars: The Clone Wars." At one point, Lucas was photographed with one of his...
| Jul 22, 2008
It smashed the weekend box-office records. But a closer look at "The Dark Knight's" performance suggests that the Batman sequel is poised to be the summer's -- if not the year's -- highest-grossing release.
While the final theatrical take for "The Dark...
| Jul 20, 2008
| 8:51 AM
Batman has sent Spidey packing as king of Hollywood's box-office superheroes.
"The Dark Knight" took in a record $155.34 million in its first weekend, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., which released the "Batman Begins" sequel....
| Jul 6, 2008
THE BRITISH filmmaker Christopher Nolan has the mien of a passionate literature professor (passionate, that is, in the British sense of the term) and, last December, he spoke about the young actor Heath Ledger as if he were the most fascinating manuscript...