When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
July 27: TV producer Norman Lear is 92. Actor Jerry Van Dyke ("Coach") is 83. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 70. Actress-director Betty Thomas ("Hill Street Blues") is 66. Singer Maureen McGovern is 65. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 58. Comedian Carol Leifer is 58. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 47. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 47. Actor Julian McMahon ("Profiler") is 46. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") is 44. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 42. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 41. Singer Pete Yorn is 40. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 37. Actress Taylor Schilling is 30. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 24.
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."
In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized "Another Earth," Cahill's ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, "I Origins."
There's something about a good spy novel that says "fall," and the best films in that genre reflect this. The skies are overcast, a sort of pale gun-metal grey. Everything is rain and shadows, all the better for skulking about underthe ever-present pall of death
"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.