LOS ANGELES -- In January 1978, Roman Polanski bought the last seat on a British Airways flight to London and never came back.
The celebrated director of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" was out of jail after a 42-day psychiatric evaluation. He faced a likely 48 more days to complete his sentence after a guilty plea to having sexual ...Read more
When they finished making "A Charlie Brown Christmas" 50 years ago, the producers sat back and looked at their work. And they thought: Good grief.
"We just thought it was a little slow, and it was certainly not a traditional Christmas show," said Lee Mendelson, the producer who persuaded "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz to adapt his ...Read more
How far will "Star Wars" go?
The betting has begun on just how big Walt Disney Co.'s new space opera, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will be when it hits theaters in mid-December.
The film is expected to gross $175 million to more than $200 million in the U.S. and Canada in its opening weekend, according to people who have seen prerelease ...Read more
What kind of contrarian would single out 1970 as his favorite year for Beatles music? That was, after all, the year the Beatles disbanded and broke the hearts of millions around the world.
"We got something like 14 Beatles records that year: Not only the 'Hey Jude' and 'Let It Be' (Beatles) albums, but solo albums from Paul, George, John and ...Read more
Ryan Coogler, the director of the new "Rocky" spinoff film "Creed," wasn't even born when "Rocky" came out in 1976. For that matter, he wasn't born when "Rocky II," "Rocky III" or "Rocky IV" came out either.
Still, for as long as he can remember, Sylvester Stallone's perennial-underdog boxer Rocky Balboa has always had a special meaning to him ...Read more
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When I sat down last week to watch "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" (in a digitally restored version of the 1989 documentary), it was one day after the terror attacks in Paris -- the city where Baldwin found his confidence and professional footing -- and at the end of a week of college campuses publicly grappling with racism both subtle ...Read more
Eddie Redmayne rattles off statistics about the transgender community: "In 31 states, you can still be fired for being transgender," he says by phone from London. "The suicide rate within the community is incredibly high at 41 percent. The violence to trans women of color is confounding."
Just three years ago, he knew none of this. Even while ...Read more
Dr. Frankenstein's efforts to create life out of mismatched pieces ended in disaster. Efforts by director Paul McGuigan to create the movie "Victor Frankenstein" out of mismatched pieces results in the same disastrous ending.
The latest big-screen adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel looks at the familiar story through the eyes of Frankenstein'...Read more
Watch Me: Driftwood Cove Series - Book 1E.C. Towers
As the young mayor's widow in a small coastal town, she was well known for her beauty, style and wealth. But as mistress to a secret club filled with unspoken pleasures, falling in love was the last thing Linda St. John ever wanted. When a brash, uninvited new subject finds his way aboard her...
LOS ANGELES -- After the publicity maelstrom that surrounded Caitlyn Jenner's transition and the success of Amazon's "Transparent" TV series, no contemporary consumer of media need be told what it means to be a transgender woman. In 1926, the situation was very different.
That's the year when "The Danish Girl" begins its story of Einar Wegener ...Read more
Except for what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears, the whole world is mediated. What we know comes to us filtered, reshaped, edited, redacted, translated, gussied up or dumbed down, spun, sampled, selected, dressed in a tuxedo or wearing a red nose.
As happens every four years, we are once again confronted with a cast of ...Read more
Even Ebenezer Scrooge might have been impressed with how TV networks are profiting from holiday movies.
Along with early displays of decorations by retailers, the continuous loop of holiday music on radio and the festive color of Starbucks coffee cups, nothing rings in the season quite like the volley of holiday movies that flood the small ...Read more
Oh, no, not again. It's nearing the time for year-end lists and hearing from various guilds and groups to create a vague consensus over the best of this year's movies. (And music and restaurants and people and TV and everything.)
More than many of those other media, with the movies this often means the onset of a collective amnesia as if ...Read more
"Krampus" (PG-13): Adam Scott and Toni Collette are the parents of a little boy who accidentally summons a Christmas demon to their home. Because even the holidays can use a little horror.
"Chi-Raq" (R): Director Spike Lee transplants Aristophanes' ancient Greek play Lysistrata to present-day, gang-ridden Chicago.
LOS ANGELES -- Three of Casey Kasem's children and his brother are suing the late radio host's widow, accusing her of neglecting his medical care and hastening his death in 2014.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Jean Kasem moved her husband between medical facilities, hospitals, a Las Vegas hotel ...Read more
NFL great Frank Gifford, who died in August of reported natural causes, had a brain disease that may have stemmed from his Hall of Fame football career, his family said in a statement released Wednesday.
The family revealed that it had medical researchers study Gifford's brain after he died at age 84, and that those pathologists found evidence ...Read more
The expansive, generous-spirited new Frederick Wiseman documentary "In Jackson Heights" teems with life. Wiseman's 40th film, it continues his obsession with the institutions, the juices and the peculiarities of American life and the democratic process. It's a very good thing to experience around the Thanksgiving holidays; some of us give thanks...Read more
CHICAGO -- None of the 200 or so people who showed up at a late October luncheon in Chicago was as old as the guest of honor: Norman Lear, age 93. And few, if any, would have been as lively or as smart or as charmingly opinionated.
"This country does not handle aging well," Lear said. "Aging is treated like a disease, and it is not. It is just ...Read more
For Sylvester Stallone, it was deja vu. There he was, a few Fridays ago, at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, having a proclamation read to him by the mayor. Mayor Michael Nutter was declaring Nov. 25 "Creed Day" in honor of the new movie Creed, which stars Stallone as some mug named Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan as ...Read more
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more
The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 16:
1. Jurassic World -- Universal
2. Inside Out (2015) -- Disney
3. San Andreas -- Warner
4. Terminator (2015) -- Paramount
5. Paper Towns -- Fox
6. Pixels -- Sony
7. Spy -- Fox
8. Southpaw -- Weinstein
9. The Gift (2015) -- Universal
10. Magic Mike XXL -- Warner
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- Getting 'Creed,' a 'Rocky' spinoff, made was a real underdog story for Ryan Coogler