Spike Lee has grown into complete mastery of the director’s craft, but in “OIdboy,” he and his inventive screenwriter, Mark Protosevich, can do little more than wrestle the brutal material to a draw. This alteration of a decade-old Korean cult revenge film fleshes out and sharpens the tale of a kidnap victim kept in soli
Jason Statham has been meeting quietly with a well-known comedy director to discuss a possible future project. He also has optioned the film rights to a novel that could land him a serious role in a future drama. In the meantime, he’ll continue to drive fast cars, beat up bad guys and save the day in action movies like “Homefront,&rd
How would Bill Maher and Pope Francis really get on? Would the Pope be riled or amused by Maher’s insistence that the Pope is a secret atheist? That question popped into my mind while watching Stephen Frears’ “Philomena.” This touching, witty movie stars the phenomenal Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, an Irishwoman abused by
Nearly a foot of snow fell in Wrightwood from the latest storm, enough for Mountain High to kick off the Southern California snow season and open lifts Sunday for eager snowboarders and skiers.
With temperatures remaining cool, Mountain High blasted its snow guns Saturday to add to the base. Five lifts open at 8:30 a.m. and will shut dow
ANAHEIM – Trader Sam is Trader Samta. The piranhas are in “Piranha-kuh, the festival of bites.” And the attacking natives are jungle carolers.
Those are among the jokes on the Jingle Cruise – a first-time, low-key holiday makeover of the classic Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. Jingle Cruise officially debuted th
In the 17 years since “Swingers,” Vince Vaughn has cultivated the comedic persona of an obnoxious and insensitive boor, so it may come as a surprise to learn that “Delivery Man” reveals a softer side entirely. As David Wozniak, the world's most fertile sperm donor, the star plays someone who's overwhelmed as opposed to me
BUENA PARK – Following this year’s revamp of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, Knott’s Berry Farm has announced it will give the same treatment to its other iconic ride, the Calico Mine Ride.
Knott’s also announced on Tuesday it will completely redo Camp Snoopy in the park to mark the children zone’s 30t
This holiday movie about a man of God who regains his faith thanks to a miraculous candle is as picturesque as a snow globe and just about as full of human life. Set in the 1890s, this loose adaptation of Max Lucado’s novel unfolds in a humble, exceedingly quaint English hamlet. It looks like an enchanted village and has a name that sounds
A new, festive place is available for ice skating starting Thursday in Anaheim.
For the second year, Downtown Disney is running a temporary rink for the holiday season. This time, visitors can skate around a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, while holiday cottages and gift shop “chalets” surround the ice as a winter village.
Just how much of a feminist heroine is Katniss Everdeen? Let’s just say that in the course of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” she literalizes Hillary Clinton’s accomplishment of making 18 million cracks in a glass ceiling. Katniss, a country girl who’s adept at bringing down game with her archery, isn’t ide
Jennifer Lawrence knew she wanted to be in “The Hunger Games” movie franchise before she knew there was a movie franchise called “The Hunger Games.”
Her meteoric rise in Hollywood was still a few years away, but she understood at 19 that her career eventually would need a boost from a big-budget blockbuster.
My morning isn’t complete until I’ve eaten a hearty breakfast, swallowed a handful of vitamins and read about another dumb idea coming out of Hollywood.
The latest dumb idea to come out of Hollywood is that someone is planning to make a sequel to the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Seriously, do the
For its latest show, “Totem,” Cirque du Soleil’s creative minds decided on a modest topic: the history of life on Earth.
“It’s big, I know,” said Tim Smith, the artistic director of “Totem,” which opens Thursday in Irvine’s Great Park. “But Guy and Robert like a big canvas.&rdqu
ANAHEIM – Even Disney’s water is taking to the holidays.
Disney California Adventure is now offering guests “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” an attempt to turn Disneyland’s sister park into a full holiday destination as well.
The original version of the nighttime water-and-light show began in
Taye Diggs always thought it might be nice to one day re-visit the character he played in the 1999 film “The Best Man.”
It’s good he didn’t hold his breath.
It took writer/director Malcolm D. Lee 14 years to bring the characters back to life in the sequel “The Best Man Holiday,” which opens thi
Clean conditions greeted surfers from Newport Harbor and San Clemente high schools at San Clemente’s home beach Tuesday, and there was a clear home advantage as the Tritons romped, 115-59.
T-Street Beach has a reputation as a funky wave, often hard for visiting surfers to read. While Newport surfers struggled to find a rhythm, San
“Holiday” is the word that turns out to be the dead giveaway. This sequel to the romantic ensemble comedy “The Best Man” (1999) starts out bright and funny and gets more gloppy the closer the action comes to Christmas. The writer-director, Malcolm D. Lee, doesn’t merely want his audience to (laughingly) embrace the