| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 7:07 PM
You can now count live events and glossy musicals as a few of TV executives' favorite things.
Thursday's three-hour spectacular "Sound of Music Live!" with country star Carrie Underwood as Maria sang for 18.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen....
| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:28 PM
Fact-based dramas dominated the Golden Globes nominations for supporting actor, claiming all five slots with Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club," Daniel Bruhl for "Rush," Barkhad Abdi for "Captain Phillips," Michael Fassbender for "12 Years a Slave" and ...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:01 PM
It's the first week of October, which puts the U.S. Supreme Court in focus in a way it almost never is unless chads are hanging — as in the 2000 post-election mess — or the justices are rendering decisions on fraught subjects like gay marriage...
| Oct 12, 2013
Re "Garcetti favors familiar faces," Oct. 10
This article is worthy of being turned into a "Seinfeld" episode — because it's about nothing.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is picking the team that will help him enact his policies. He must choose people...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Barkhad Abdi is used to finding his way in strange new places: At age 7, he moved with his family from war-torn Somalia to Yemen, where he learned Arabic on the soccer field. At 14, he moved to Minneapolis and learned English from Jay-Z songs and...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:00 PM
On a scorching August day in Studio City, Metro buses screech down Ventura Boulevard stamped with NBC advertisements boasting its revamped Thursday block: "NBC's New Family of Comedies." Inside Stage 21 on the CBS Radford Studios, the "Parks and...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 4:15 PM
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles.
The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 7:15 AM
After the coffee. Before starting my own over the top service.
The Skinny: I tried watching the All-Star game, but I kept getting sucked into "Seinfeld" reruns on TBS. Wednesday's highlights includes a look at whether "R.I.P.D." will be a big bomb...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 7:59 AM
Laura Dern from HBO's canceled series "Enlightened" joined returning nominees Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") in the Emmy lead actress comedy...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Larry David, who is on a break from his series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" — permanent or not, he will let you know — returns to HBO on Saturday with a full-on movie-type movie, "Clear History," in which he plays not his usual fictionalized self...