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Robert Downey, Jr.'s Anxiety of Influence in The Judge

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As any Freudian will tell you, father-and-son relationships are mythically fraught. In Robert Downey, Jr.'s new movie, The Judge, he's a killer New Yo...

14 Reasons Why Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the Best Pop Movie of the Year

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this month on disc and download reminds of what a terrific film it is. With some competition from its delightful Marvel Studios sibling, Guardians of the Galaxy, it's the best pop movie of the year.

Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and Television's Golden Age of Anti-Heroes

William Bradley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Whether all these figures are anti-heroes, or in some cases something else entirely, is an interesting question. As is the question of why anti-heroes are so important in quality television. Short form answer is that they match the times. It's a mostly cynical and sour era, with little faith in institutions or, generally speaking, leaders.

10 Reasons Why Guardians of the Galaxy Has Turned Into A Smash Hit

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Defying a lot of early expectations, five of the most oddball characters ever to gain a mass audience the newest superheroes of the Marvelverse and, in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest hit movies of the year.

Chef and Le Chef: Comfort Food

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

There are no car chases, no murders, no grisly scenes of carnage or even graphic sex scenes... though the sumptuous shots of food are seductively voluptuous.

Marveling: With Resistance Quite Evidently Futile, What Might Marvel's Cinematic Universe Mean?

William Bradley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

With producer Kevin Feige and the other folks at the helm of Marvel Studios delivering a master class in franchise management, the Marvelverse is cruising ahead this year towards the end of its Phase Two.

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.

Jerry Brown's Thankful Holiday Season

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Not only is he massively favored for the re-election campaign for an historic fourth term as governor of California, which he, in his inimitable fashion, has not yet announced, he is even being touted for president.

Director Says Robert Downey Jr.'s Wife 'Runs Him'

Posted 10.31.2013 | Entertainment

Robert Downey Jr. and director James Toback made three films together between 1987 and 1999, but don't necessarily expect them to collaborate in the f...

Jobs: How Does the First Steve Jobs Biopic Play Compared to the Real Thing?

William Bradley | Posted 10.20.2013 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It tells us too much about Apple, and not enough about Jobs. And what it does tell us about Jobs is more a depiction of of events rather than an incisive look at what made him the great, maddening, transformational figure he was.

Jerry Brown Encounters Interesting Times

William Bradley | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is certainly having an interesting time of it lately as California's stabilization continues. Mostly quite good. But hardly all.

Why "Iron Man 3" Didn't Impress Me

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

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What's the Meaning of Iron Man 3? (Warning: Big Spoilers)

William Bradley | Posted 07.07.2013 | Entertainment
William Bradley

So, what is the message of Iron Man 3? That's a question with a multi-faceted answer. Even if it only refers to the political message. Be advised that there are major spoilers ahead, so proceed, or not, on your own hook.

The Word On 'Iron Man 3' Is ...

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment

-- In the galaxy of big-screen superheros – a rather glum lot – Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is the snappy one. He's the sarcastic, moto...

Dark Knights, Avengers, Bonding Retro Action Heroes: How Long Will the Superhero Phenomenon Last?

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

America likes action, and so does the world. The superhero phenomenon is an interesting development that may coincide with rampant coach potato-ism and screen-orientation. Especially as the feats are pretty much all CGI.

All-American Avengers Take on Aliens, Alienation

Greg Garrett | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
Greg Garrett

The Avengers doesn't solve this problem of what to confront for us. Art rarely gives us definitive answers; it more often asks questions than answers them. But by bringing this current to the service, it could at least remind us of the possibilities open to us.

Lindsey Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. Announce Addiction Venture

Mark Steinberg | Posted 06.09.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Actress Lindsay Lohan today announced that she and several other prominent addicts have partnered to form "Prehab," a boutique academy devoted to helping individuals who do not have drug, alcohol or sex problems gain entry to the most exclusive rehabilitation facilities in the world.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Stars Downey Jr. the Character Actor

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Downey and Law still have fun with the repartee between their characters but the genuine affection between the two men is missing. Best friends in the first film, they now appear as casual acquaintances.

Robert Downey Jr. Can't Get Enough Crime-Solving

Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment

Looks like "Sherlock Holmes" isn't enough of a crime-solving fix for Robert Downey Jr. Warner Bros is planning a film revamp of "Perry Mason" serie...

The Robert Downey, Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow Bed Scene That Was Rejected By Hollywood

Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment

The love between Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts is a slow-burning side plot that proves integral over the Jon Favr...

Due Date Is a Career Stumble for Downey, Jr.

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Due Date is a cross country adventure to be endured and that classification is deadly for any comedy. When you want the trip to end and the movie to be over you know you are in trouble.

PHOTOS: Time For A Haircut?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Robert Downey Jr. stepped out to the premiere of "Due Date" in L.A. on Thursday night and we were stunned to see his long, wavy, luscious locks. We lo...

Does Inception Salvage the Summer Movie Season?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

You can enjoy Inception in any number of ways, as action film with big brain, science fiction with multiple twists, spy flick, heist flick, love story, or simply a big budget spectacle.

Lost Angels at LAFilm Festival, Friday 6/25: Director Thomas Napper Illuminates Skid Row

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Linda Milazzo

Thomas Napper fills every frame with the realities of Skid Row. His lens shines the light on a people and a place too many choose to turn away from.

ShoWest Day 4: The Party Ends With Day-Long Celebration

Ellen Sterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

At the ShoWest 2010 celebration, filmmakers and theater owners introduced their upcoming releases and stars.