Comic-Con 2014: Dos, Don'ts and then some survival guide

So, you're going to San Diego Comic-Con International? Give yourself a pat on the back for managing to get through that virtual waiting room months ago and coming out victorious. Millions of people are officially jealous of you (it's OK to feel proud). Read More...

WHAT'S HOT

Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm fuzzies. Diane Keaton dons one stylishly kicky outfit after another, where the perfectly-coiffed Michael Douglas plays her permanently grumpy Realtor neighbor.   Read More...
 
AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, Jack English
Those of us waiting for Woody Allen's return to nostalgia after "Midnight in Paris," fans who figure his love of 1920s "Hot Jazz" and theatrical, dated dialogue make him most at home with period pieces, are in for something of a letdown with "Magic in the Moonlight."   Read More...
 
AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, Jack English
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo."   Read More...
 
"Happy Christmas" is a petite, lived-in character comedy of the Mumblecore school - just a group of chatty twentysomethings, drinking, growing beards and having the occasional bathroom hook-up as they think about growing up. t's the latest from writer-director-co-star Joe Swanberg ("Drinking Buddies," "Hannah Takes the Stairs").   Read More...
 
If we didn't have to save the designation for the upcoming James Brown biopic, we could easily call Joe Swanberg the hardest-working man in show business. The Chicago-based indie filmmaker has not only been writing, directing, producing and often appearing in his own features at an average of three per year for nearly a decade ...   Read More...
 
Twelve years in the making, filming a few scenes each year to capture kids as they progress through life, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story. It's a film of cultural touchstones and life's mileposts, striking in their familiarity, narrow in execution.   Read More...
 
AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Claire Folger
"Sex Tape" is not quite the train wreck its TV ads make it out to be. Which turns out to be the good news as far as this last and least of the big R-rated comedies of summer goes. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel slimmed down and earned the most flattering lighting manageable for the nudity, which is plentiful.   Read More...
 
"A Most Wanted Man" is not a guns-and-motorcycles spy story but a shadowy walk down a dark alley. It's a John Le CarrĂ© espionage procedural set in a world of cynical realism and moral ambiguity. The locale is not a glittering world capital but Hamburg, Germany. The port city's Islamic community is home to both oppressed victims and violent extremists.   Read More...
 
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
There are six chances this coming week to be happy. "Despicable Me 2," the sequel nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and for Best Original Song "Happy" (written and sung by Pharrell Williams), is coming to a park near you.   Read More...
 
Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and many others familiar characters from the classic tale "Alice in Wonderland" are coming to Hollywood - but they've never been seen like this.   Read More...
 
Photo by Jordan Irwin
They're a young local band with a blues and rock soul and a relentless touring schedule that brings them to Long Beach on Saturday for a show and record release party that could signify the next step in their musical journey. The Voodoo Fix will hand out copies of "Step Right Up," its new EP, at at Harvelle's ...   Read More...
 
AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jessica Forde
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it? Well, wow. It would be sort of like ... nothing new. Because, it turns out, in real life, humans pretty much DO use their whole brains.   Read More...
 
Courtesy photo
Comedian Tony T. Roberts, also known as the "Sergeant of Comedy," credits his background in the Army for not having a big ego as he's moved up the ranks in the comedy world with specials like "I'm Different" and online parody videos including "Colonic."   Read More...
 
Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP, file
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.   Read More...
 
LONDON - Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.   Read More...
 
For those who have never been in the Little India section of Artesia, it's important to understand that like many of the ethnic neighborhoods of Southern California, this is not exactly like a journey to the homeland. This is not Mumbai (formerly Bombay) or Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). This is a Southland bedroom community ...   Read More...
 
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
When he finished his birthday dinner at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, where he is a well-known regular, Gabriel Iglesias went over to another one of his local hangouts, a theater on Carson Street in Long Beach. As he approached the Edwards theater, the 300 or so people who had been waiting for him starting chanting.   Read More...
 
Photo by Joan Marcus
Nothing is trickier than telling a compelling story about a famous living, or recently alive, person and intending it as a fiction. Even beyond the potential for litigation, one will run up against those who know the person in question and have their own opinions. (Witness Alan Alda playing Richard Feynman for a host of Caltech grads, poor man.)   Read More...
 
Photo by Paul Kolnik
First, let me say that I love the music of Queen. It was the soundtrack of my college years. I have been a Freddie Mercury fan a long time, and mourned his passing. I even made sure my children, as they hit teen status, knew and respected the band's work.   Read More...
 
"Lucy" may look like a hard-driving action film or yet another one of Scarlett Johansson's super-powered heroine movies. It is those things. But it is so much more. Luc Besson's production takes on big questions about the brain, what it means to be human and the nature of the universe - paired with automatic weapons and scary driving.   Read More...
 
 
 
City:
U.S. State:
Country: