| Mar 20, 2014
| 4:00 PM
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way.
So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
KCET-TV will have to navigate the storm it now faces without its longtime captain.
Al Jerome, who has run the troubled public TV outlet for the last 18 years, announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down from the organization, even as mounting...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 1:25 PM
On a scale of one to crazy, the latest episode of “Scandal,” “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies,” is a relatively tame affair: No one is tortured or murdered in a jealous rage or prostituted out by his spouse. By the standards of...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:19 AM
After the coffee. Before panicking over electronic cigarettes.
The Skinny: As a former smoker, I am enjoying watching cities and health officials panic over the growing use of electronic cigarettes. Are they cigarettes? Are they dangerous? What are...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 2:00 PM
The greatest trick that director Bryan Singer ever pulled was to fool audiences with an unreliable narrator in "The Usual Suspects."
Singer is a producer on the new "Uwantme2killhim?" But this time the unreliable narrative seems to convince only the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:58 AM
"Star Wars" indeed. The battle for the lead role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the next film in the famous franchise, is heating up, according to a Variety report naming five young actors as top contenders.
Disney and Lucasfilm are considering Ed...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 4:38 PM
A petition to include Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed on a film set in Georgia last week, in the Oscars "in memoriam" tribute has so far failed to sway the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Two sources close to the academy said Jones...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:22 AM
Have you ever had dinner guests ring the doorbell early and catch you frantically vacuuming the living room or furiously deboning anchovies at the sink? Or what about when half the party calls from the freeway, stuck in traffic, to confess that they're...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The people who run KCET-TV see a solid future ahead. But the station's accountants aren't so sure.
KCETLink, the nonprofit organization that runs the independent public TV outlet based in Burbank, "has suffered recurring losses that raise substantial...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:40 AM
George Clooney and Grant Heslov describe themselves as two of the least cynical people in Hollywood. But when the longtime collaborators looked back at their recent work, they realized the movies had an unshakable gloom: "The Ides of March," "Good Night,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:25 PM
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight.
Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could...