"I'm writing about Laura Nyro. What should I say?" "Who?" This was not the answer I wanted or expected from my mother. After all, I had spent my single-digit years rifling through my parents' old vinyl and found Nyro's pen to be behind many a childhood favorite. Laura Nyro was born into a forward- ... More >>
If you want to make it as a writer in Hollywood, you have to hone your ideas into "elevator pitches," short descriptive bursts that can intrigue the big cigars between floors in office buildings. The case of Darlene Mayes is an easy one: Weeds meets Breaking Bad meets Golden Girls, with a Shakespea ... More >>
Levon Helm doing what he loved in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2004Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born icon of Americana music, passed away Thursday afternoon after a long battle with throat cancer, his family said on Helm's Web site. "He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill up the room with music, lay do ... More >>
Vera Farmiga tries save herself.
A hermit's life-affirming, pre-death funeral, in Get Low.
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Rocks Off is having a little trouble looking his "2009 Year of the Rhino" wall calendar in the eye this morning. He trusted it implicitly until Tuesday, when a friend pointed out that in saluting Stevie Nicks, Miles Davis and Hank Williams Jr. on their birthday, he left out former Band drummer Levo ... More >>
Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)
A chilling real-life ghost story yields another Hollywood horror
Everybody loves Colin in A Home at the End of the World
Sunday, February 22
In the Bedroom, a couple's anguish turns to rage and then rational madness
In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.
Former fans uncertain of the new direction for a dynamic director
Lynch cleverly shows his other side in Straight Story
A grimly compelling film searches for souls and a murder suspect
War films get redefined by the complex Thin Red Line