| Nov 30, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Alfred Hitchcock's reputation as a filmmaker was already on the rise when he died 32 years ago. Since then it has consistently (and rightly) grown ever greater. At the same time, his reputation as a person has taken a lot of blows ... whether rightly or...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 10:59 AM
Apartment complexes planned before the demise of the redevelopment agencies in California continue to rise in North Hollywood.
The projects in the NoHo Arts District near the northern terminus of the Red Line subway include the recently completed NoHo...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 1:17 PM
“French historical reenactment” might not automatically sound like an exciting day out, but fighters dressed as gladiators pummeling each other into submission for real? Let's just say this could be the most visceral history lesson you'll ever...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 8:55 PM
Who doesn't have a soft spot for Andy Griffith (who died last Tuesday)? You'd have to be pretty immune to benevolent paternalism to resist the down-home charm of Andy Taylor or most of the other roles he created.
Griffith's career thrived primarily on...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 8:06 AM
It has been a rough start to 2013 for a movie studio unaccustomed to taking one on the chin. And in this case, there has been more than one haymaker.
Warner Bros. has released five films in a row that have underperformed at the box office, including...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 6:35 PM
As I remarked in my review of the theatrical release of “21 Jump Street”, this feature revival/spoof of the ‘80s TV show is better than it has any right to be. It may be dumb, but it's good dumb, mixing very broad shtick with clever...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 10:07 AM
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans.
There was little indication...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 1:16 PM
And so the Christopher Nolan rendition of Batman — started in “Batman Begins” (2005) and continued in “The Dark Knight” (2008) — comes to an end, in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It stands proudly alongside...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 3:58 PM
In 1954, Japan's Toho studio made three films that achieved enduring international success. The first was Akira Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which shows up within the top 10 of nearly every international critics' poll. The second was “...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 6:46 PM
The inside of Warner Bros studios was “a little more somber” following a shooting rampage during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo., according to an employee who was walking out of...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Warner Bros.confirmed Monday that “The Dark Knight Rises” grossed $160.9 million in the United States and Canada from Friday through Sunday and an additional $88 million overseas in the first 17 countries where it debuted.
For the first...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 2:46 PM
When Tim Burton was an eager young animator and filmmaker working at Disney Studios in the early 1980s, he made an inventive live-action short film inspired by his childhood in Burbank and the love of a family dog. That 1984 short, “Frankenweenie,&...