After taking a sabbatical for three years ("I was happily busy doing other creative things"), Charlize Theron is back in a stunning new movie, Young Adult, and I am delighted to report that it is a real winner in every respect.
Bless screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman their twisted, little hearts. Young Adult isn't season-specific, but it does serve as a healthy counterbalance to all that holiday growth and belonging.
The previews of Young Adult suggested a light rom-com. I was in no way prepared for what I got.
People in Minnesota have this reputation for being "nice" that Diablo Cody seems determined to undermine -- which she does in slashingly funny style in Jason Reitman's Young Adult.
Young Adult is a surprisingly potent and insightful dramedy, all the more effective for its understated nature and its off-the-cuff black comedy construction.
Loosey-goosey and festive, the event not only kicks off awards season -- its awards are often a bellwether for bigger trophies down the pike come Oscar night.
It is hard to feel sorry for Charlize Theron. The Academy Award-winning actress, for the role of Aileen Wuomos in Monster when she was famously puffed up and made up to emphasize the serial killer's tough look, is in fact very pretty, like the most popular girl in your high school.
Theron's Mavis is the classic narcissist: cut off from objective reality, lacking any concern for other people, insecure in private but willing in public to ride roughshod over anyone and everything in order to gratify her whims.
We finally have the Veteran's Administration admitting that America is losing a veteran to suicide (also classified as non-hostile death) every 80 minutes. This is indeed a public health crisis of limitless repercussions that stretch far beyond the deceased.
When you're a Hollywood actor, it has to be great having a ton of catchphrases. But when you're the former governor of California who apparently had a lovechild, those catchphrases might be a pain in the Austrian you-know-what.
When I visited the Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time, I remember feeling utterly overwhelmed. It was a trip that really opened my eyes or, should I say, slapped me in the face.
UCLA Hammer Museum hosted a "Global Creative Forum" on February 22, bringing together United Nations representatives, environmental experts and entertainment industry leaders.
Designer Marc Bouwer's clothes have been worn by some of the biggest stars on earth. And now, Marc will be the first designer to show his collection filmed in 3D during fashion week.
If you somehow didn't love Sandra Bullock already, here's your chance to start marching with the good guys -- as well as one guy's loving playlist for a sophisticated and lovely lady.
I've been honored to work as a writer on American Cinematheque Tributes for years as they have increasingly become that perfect combination of a loving tribute and a hilarious roast. This year we honor Matt Damon.
When I visited the Umkhanyakude district in South Africa, I learned that youth there have a 50% chance of contracting HIV. There was no question in my mind that my Africa Outreach Project should lend our support.