| Jun 16, 2012
| 12:43 PM
When rock 'n' roll singer Jimmy Angel hits the stage at the Smoke House restaurant on Saturday, it will be just another stop along a decidedly tumultuous five-decade career path. Angel, who specializes in a mixture of retro-1950s big beat and fiery...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 6:42 PM
As a front-runner to win top honors in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, “The Artist” is a rarity. Not only is it in black and white, almost entirely silent and a French director's take on old Hollywood, it is the only movie among the nine...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 1:59 PM
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 11:37 AM
Walt Disney Studios has begun filming its live-action fairy tale "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie, in London.
Disney said Tuesday that production began last week on the movie, billed as the untold story of the villainess from the 1959 Disney classic...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 5:47 PM
This overly violent but otherwise frequently enjoyable film showed up briefly in theaters more than a year ago, to little notice. It may have suffered from comparison to “Red,” the Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren/Morgan Freeman/John Malkovich action...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 10:35 AM
“I have had the opportunity to write several new chapters in the evolving Woodbury University history,” said the school’s retiring president, Kenneth Nielsen. “The success the school has achieved (is) a result of the hard work,...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Alfred Hitchcock's very free 1935 adaptation of John Buchan's novel was almost certainly the calling card that got him invited to make films in America. As a work of pure entertainment, it out-Hollywoods Hollywood. The plot is that of a thriller. But...
| 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...
| 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 “...