| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:45 PM
There is an unnerving moment deep inside the working-class drama "Out of the Furnace" when a primal scream cuts short an old argument between two brothers. Ripped from the emotional core of the younger, a burned-out Army soldier, Rodney Baze, played by...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:41 AM
The Steve McQueen period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey won...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 1:05 PM
SAN DIEGO — Characters in drama don't have to be likable, as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Eugene O'Neill keep reminding us. But we ought to care about their fates. They should arouse our concern even if we might politely turn down a dinner invitation from...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:41 PM
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being...
| May 12, 2012
| 4:34 PM
This weekend is the second annual LeaLA, a celebration of Spanish-language literature connected to the famed Guadalajara Book Festival....
| Dec 25, 2011
One thing I've always admired about Patti Smith is her refusal to be characterized. Rocker, poet, artist, mother: She seems to inhabit each of these roles almost effortlessly, moving among them as if the only difference was in our heads. And why not?...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Jul 14, 2011
Roberts Blossom, a veteran character actor who played the old, white-bearded next-door neighbor who befriends young Macaulay Culkin in the hit movie "Home Alone," has died. He was 87.
Blossom died Friday of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 4:33 PM
L.A. Theatre Works moves from Skirball to UCLA...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 9:33 PM
Leave it to Sam Shepard to flout W.C. Fields’ advice — “Never work with children or animals” — by brazenly casting a live lamb in “Curse of the Starving Class,” his desolate, bilious, hilarious and heavily...