Why No Charges for Toyota Criminals?

Why have no criminal charges been brought against Toyota executives who covered up deadly safety defects that caused sudden-acceleration accidents, taking an untold number of lives? The company has admitted it deceived consumers and regulators. According to the FBI: “Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle. The disregard Toyota had for the safety [...]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 14-20

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Enough Said”: Nicole Holofcener is the best director you’ve never heard of. Her forte is quiet, small romantic comedies that revolve around women struggling to find themselves in the world — weak and strong women who stand up to the world as women and not as appendages to men. She’s cut [...]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 7-13

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: What better way to start off the new year than with a staggering indictment of greed and imbalance in our economic system. “Inequality for All” is a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class by Robert Reich — professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member — as he demonstrates how [...]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Dec. 31-Jan. 6

As we ring out the old and ring in the new this week, there’s only a trickle of releases coming your way Tuesday. Topping the list is: “Love, Marilyn” (2013), a lovingly made documentary by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus that is an intimate and personal portrait of Marilyn Monroe, based on the book of Monroe’s [...]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Aug. 13-19

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Olympus Has Fallen”: This is the way 21st century action-adventure-thrillers should be made — with real flesh and blood heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to save the day — no G.I. Jerks or Marble-headed Avengers here — aided and abetted by great special effects, fast-paced editing [...]

“Nobody Does It Better”

Until last week, I had never heard of Recovered Voices, an ambitious program by the L.A. Opera to revive and stage works created by Jewish composers whose lives and work were suppressed by the Nazis. Under the guidance of L.A. Opera music director James Conlon and general director Placido Domingo, the L.A. Opera inaugurated Recovered [...]

Makin’ Whoopee With Eddie Cantor

He’s not a household name today (though his character appears in episodes of “Boardwalk Empire”), but Eddie Cantor was the original renaissance man of the entertainment world in the early 20th century, conquering vaudeville, Broadway, records, Hollywood, radio and TV. Cantor began in vaudeville in 1907 in New York, moved to the Great White Way [...]

Stardom, Celebrity, Fame and Narrative

I’ve often wondered about Jennifer Aniston’s stardom. Here’s an actress who’s become a star of sorts despite her middle-of-the-road looks and just-average acting abilities. After the demise of “Friends,” she went on to star in a host of comedies, most of which — because of her co-stars or director or a good script — have [...]

A Real Hollywood Flop

Developers of The Millennium Project in Hollywood are proposing to build two 50+ story twin skyscrapers — one on each side of the 12-story historic Capitol Records Building. It is designed to have over 400 apartments, 100,000 sq. feet of office space, as well as restaurants, sports center, a 200 room hotel, and retail space. [...]

Washington’s Fiscal Shenanigans: Americans Take It on the Chin … Again

  The People Fight Back: Storming the Tuileries (Paris), 1793 (Jacques Bertaux)   Once again, the L.A. Times’ Michael Hiltzik has come to the defense of the middle and lower classes as the wealthy and corporate empowered special interests still call the tunes in Washington. Under the headline “The middle class languishes as the super-rich [...]

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