Articles by Beverly Cohn

Mark Ruffalo Interview - On Bipolar Disorder, The Art of Acting, & Family

Mark Ruffalo Interview - On Bipolar Disorder, The Art of Acting, & Family Any time Mark Ruffalo’s name appears in the cast of any project, you know he will be giving an absolutely perfect performance. Hence, he is one of the most successful, sought after Hollywood actors

James Cameron’s Astonishing “Deepsea Challenge 3D” Documentary

James Cameron’s Astonishing “Deepsea Challenge 3D” Documentary Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s fascination with the sea began as a youngster when he was inspired by “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” popular television specials that aired in the 1960s and 1970s

Broadway Bound Reincarnated at Ron Sossi’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Broadway Bound Reincarnated at Ron Sossi’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Once in a while, someone decides to revive an old chestnut and sometimes it’s a waste of time and sometimes it’s fun to welcome an old theatrical friend

Neil LaBute’s “In A Dark Dark House” Makes in LA Premiere at The Matrix Theatre

Neil LaBute’s “In A Dark Dark House” Makes in LA Premiere at The Matrix Theatre Neil LaBute is a playwright who doesn’t shy away from theatrical blood letting and his play “In A Dark Dark House,” which is a guest production on stage at The Matrix, is yet another of LaBute’s fascinating

“El Grande de Coca-Cola” Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

“El Grande de Coca-Cola”  Will Tickle Your Funny Bone Produced by Michael Myers and written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and John Neville-Andrews, this revival, originally performed almost 40 years ago in London

Casey Affleck on Career, His Famous Brother, and Friendship

Casey Affleck on Career, His Famous Brother, and Friendship Casey Affleck is the kid brother of Ben and like his brother has been racking up a string of films including “The Assassination of Jesse James” for which he garnered an Academy Award nomination

Cate Blanchett & Peter Sarsgaard On Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”

   Cate Blanchett & Peter Sarsgaard On Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” What more can you say about one of the world’s most gifted actresses? We have watched Australian-born Cate Blanchett transform herself on the big screen creating a myriad of distinctly different characters

Original New York Cast Star in “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

Original New York Cast Star in “Rapture, Blister, Burn” Gloria Steinem launched the pioneering, feminist Msmagazine, which tackled such subjects as domestic violence and other pertinent issues of the day as well as participating in the creation of New York magazine for which she wrote a political column

Derek Luke Talks About His Career and The Women Who Inspired Him

Derek Luke Talks About His Career and The Women Who Inspired Him Derek Luke’s life reads like a lovely and sometimes not so lovely fairy tale. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, his early years were less than idyllic

“Lost Girls” Safe and Sound At The Rogue Machine

“Lost Girls” Safe and Sound At The Rogue Machine The award-winning Rogue Machine scores again with John Pollono’s world premiere production of “Lost Girls,” a dramedy that explores the embers of a failed marriage as well as the emotional dynamics of a working class family

Shane Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality

Shane Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality The documentary “Bridegroom” is a touching, tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple - Shane Bitney Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner, Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana

Writer/Actor/Musician Johan Heldenbergh on “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry

Writer/Actor/Musician Johan Heldenbergh on “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry Belgium actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented man. He is the writer of the original play “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and played the lead character of Didier

The Very Visible Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens and “The Invisible Woman”

The Very Visible Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens and “The Invisible Woman” Ralph Fiennes exploded on screen in his mesmerizing performance as Amon Goeth, the psychotic Nazi commandant in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List

Laughter Abounds in The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol” – Twist Your Dickens!"

Laughter Abounds in The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol” – Twist Your Dickens!" The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol – Twist Your Dickens!” on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the perfect antidote to the holiday tradition condition

“STOMP” On Stage At the Saban Theatre Thrills Audiences of All Ages

“STOMP” On Stage At the Saban Theatre Thrills Audiences of All Ages In a breathtaking display of percussive and movement virtuosity, this troop of young performers were mesmerizing with their astounding creativity

Hershey Felder’s “Abe Lincoln’s Piano” Closes at the Geffen Playhouse

   Hershey Felder’s “Abe Lincoln’s Piano” Closes at the Geffen Playhouse Hershey Felder has carved out a very successful career in the United States and Europe as a composer, musician, and actor, primarily known for his one-man shows that embody some of the greatest composers

Barry McGovern Mesmerizes in “I’ll Go On” - A Breathtaking Interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Prose

Barry McGovern Mesmerizes in “I’ll Go On” - A Breathtaking Interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Prose In an electrifying tour-de-force, Barry McGovern, flooded the Kirk Douglas Theatre with a tidal wave of some of the famed author/playwright ‘s most savory, provocative, and obtuse prose in “I’ll Go On”

The Italians Score Again With “Siddhartha, the Musical”

The Italians Score Again With “Siddhartha, the Musical” Once again, a play, written and directed by Isabella Biffi, based on Herman Hesse’s iconic novel, has emanated from an Italian prison, this one from Milan’s Opera jail

Vera Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor

Vera Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor Vera Farmigas'latest film,“At Middleton,” in which she co-stars with Andy Garcia, garnered her the Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics

“The Whipping Man,” Matthew Lopez’s Powerful Play, Makes its L.A. Premiere at the Pico Playhouse

“The Whipping Man,” Matthew Lopez’s Powerful Play, Makes its L.A. Premiere at the Pico Playhouse “The Whipping Man,” written by award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez, is a fascinating, complex, unique play, and by far one of the most provocative pieces of material the West Coast Jewish Theatre has produced

Santa Monica High School Students Win The Prestigious 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Award For Popular Voice

Santa Monica High School Students Win The Prestigious 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Award For Popular Voice Santa Monica High School students Jennifer Gsell and Quinn D'Andrea have been named winners of the 2014 National YoungArts Foundation in the discipline of popular voice

Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” Brilliantly Performed at The Wallis

Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” Brilliantly Performed at The Wallis “Brief Encounter,” in its Los Angles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts Center, miraculously blends the two genres, creating an evening of what I would like to call Theatrical Cinema

Jason Bateman Scores a Hit Directing His First Feature Film

Jason Bateman Scores a Hit Directing His First Feature Film We all know that Jason Bateman is a wonderfully versatile actor with a special comedic gift that he brings full throttle to his first directorial effort in “Bad Words”

CAPSULE REVIEW

CAPSULE REVIEW Violent family feuds are part and parcel of Americana, the most notorious one being between The Hatfields and The McCoys, which began in 1865 and resulted in around one dozen deaths

Theater Review - “Co-Dependents: 2 Plays on Drugs” by Steve Stajich

Theater Review - “Co-Dependents:  2 Plays on Drugs” by Steve Stajich With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs, he became another number in the tens of thousands of people who succumb to deadly drug addiction annually

Annette Bening Dazzles in the World Premiere of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues”

Annette Bening Dazzles in the World Premiere of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues” For those of you who might be wondering who is Ruth Draper and why is she being channeled by Annette Bening, in “Ruth Draper’s Monologues,” currently on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, the answer is simple

Baryshnikov On Stage at The Broad in the Highly Stylized “Man in a Case”

Baryshnikov On Stage at The Broad in the Highly Stylized “Man in a Case” At the end of this play, a lot of the audience milled around the lobby asking each other if they could explain what just happened on the stage

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - An Adaptation of a Musical Treasure

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess  - An Adaptation of a Musical Treasure For those of you who are purists and would prefer to not see this ground-breaking American folk opera fiddled with in any way, you may very well have problems with the American Repertory Theater’s version of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,”

Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on “Blue Ruin” –A Cautionary Tale on Revenge

Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on “Blue Ruin” –A Cautionary Tale on Revenge Director, writer, and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair, who has the starring role in “Blue Ruin,” are childhood friends who grew up in Alexandria,Virginia

Johnny Depp Featured in Charlie Paul’s “For No Good Reason” – A Documentary on British Cartoonist Ralph Steadman

Johnny Depp Featured in Charlie Paul’s “For No Good Reason” – A Documentary on British Cartoonist Ralph Steadman  Writers such as Chekov, Ibsen, John Steinbeck, or Arthur Miller, have used their art form to shine a light on the inequities, hypocrisies, and family struggles inherent in the socio/economic/political structures present at any given time in history

Capsule Film Review – “Le Chef”

Capsule Film Review – “Le Chef” “Le Chef” is a delicious, starry-eyed food adventure that will keep you thoroughly entertained from the opening playful animated fruit and vegetables dancing to Nicola Piovani’s whimsical musical score

“Third Person” – Capsule Film Review

“Third Person” – Capsule Film Review Paul Haggis is one of Hollywood’s most highly respected writer-producer- directors, having racked up two consecutive Best Film Oscars for “Million Dollar Baby,” directed by Clint Eastwood, and “Crash,”

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Scores 100 on the Laugh Meter

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Scores 100 on the Laugh Meter Most people of a certain age might remember that wonderful quote from “All About Eve” – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country - A Relaxing Nearby Get-Away

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country - A Relaxing Nearby Get-Away A lovely invitation arrived from the folks at Visit Temecula Valley inviting a select group of travel writers to cover their annual Balloon and Wine Festival

Switzerland – A Country of Unsurpassed Beauty and Refinement

Switzerland – A Country of Unsurpassed Beauty and Refinement   Once in a while a trip comes along that is the quintessential luxurious experience and for me the tour of Swiss Deluxe Hotels gets the prize

Guy Pierce and Felicity Jones Sizzle in “Breathe In” - Capsule Film Review

Guy Pierce and Felicity Jones Sizzle in “Breathe In” - Capsule Film Review Generally speaking, the "Breathe In" narrative is quite formulaic, as we've seen the story of older man falls in love with younger woman and the painful consequences of these illicit liaisons, vis-à-vis the suffering wife and shocked family

Under The Skin - Capsule Film Review

Under The Skin -  Capsule Film Review Under The Skin is a story that revolves around an alien who inhabits a human body

Rooney Mara Scores A Touchdown in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Rooney Mara Scores A Touchdown in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” Rooney Mara was born into sports “royalty.” She is the daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, executive of the New York Giants football team, and Kathleen McNulty, granddaughter of Art Rooney, Sr., founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Lennon Sisters - America’s Sweethearts of Song - Star in Lennon Family Benefit Concert

The Lennon Sisters - America’s Sweethearts of Song - Star in Lennon Family Benefit Concert Many of us remember crowding around a black-and-white TV set every Saturday night to watch “The Lawrence Welk Show” featuring the adorable, squeaky-clean Lennon Sisters who entertained audiences on his show for thirteen years, beginning in 1965

A Peek Into British Politics - An Exercise in the Absurd

A Peek Into British Politics  - An Exercise in the Absurd The absurdity of global politics better than Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, tickled audiences with their long-running BBC series "Yes Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister," which unmercifully skewed the British political system.

“One Night In Miami…” On Stage at the Rogue Machine

“One Night In Miami…” On Stage at the Rogue Machine 'One Night in Miami' Invoking poetic license, Powers takes us through a hypothetical gathering of Clay’s closest three friends, all of whom are at pivotal points in their careers, and creates a powerful, entertaining evening of theatre.

Robert Davi On Animals, Mafia Justice, and How Indian Culture Influenced His Life

Robert Davi On Animals, Mafia Justice, and How Indian Culture Influenced His Life The name Robert Davi might not be immediately recognizable until you see his face and then you’ll remember that he one of the film industry’s quintessential tough guys going as far back to 1996 when he played a villain in “Profiler”

The “Iceman” Killeth With Michael Shannon

The “Iceman” Killeth With Michael Shannon Shannon is currently starring in Ariel Vromen’s film “The Iceman” in which he plays contract hit man Richard Kuklinski. Among the film’s co-stars are Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer, Chris Evans, Robert Davi, and a James Franco cameo

Downton Abbey Honored In Celebration of Britweek in Santa Monica

Downton Abbey Honored In Celebration of Britweek  in Santa Monica  With the toe-tapping 1920s music of Richard Halpern & His Band filling the air of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s luscious outdoor setting, smiling guests arrived attired in their finest vintage costumes

Theatre Review - “The Irish Curse”

Theatre Review - “The Irish Curse”  “The Irish Curse,” a rip-roaring comedy/drama that ultimately delves deeply into the psychological effects on men who are anatomically challenged and how it impacts on their lives

Theater Review Sideways - The Play

Theater Review Sideways - The Play   Pickett has adapted his novel and turned it into a captivating World Premiere theatrical version currently on stage at the Ruskin Group Theatre

Mutually Assured Destruction - A Guest Production at the Odyssey Theatre

Mutually Assured Destruction - A Guest Production at the Odyssey Theatre Director Hanauer’s dynamite cast, coupled with a clever script, makes for a light-hearted evening of theatre and in the words of the Bard, “All’s Well That End’s Well” or a mutually assured evening of enjoyment

Theatre Review - By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

Theatre Review  -  By The Way, Meet Vera Stark “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which takes us through the life and times of Stark, premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in New York and makes its West Coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse

“The Gift” - “….Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing….” (Shakespeare’s Macbeth)

“The Gift”  -  “….Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing….”  (Shakespeare’s Macbeth) Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s “The Gift” recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse and this is one gift you might want to return

Celebrity Interviews,Mark Webber - Up Close & Personal

Celebrity Interviews,Mark Webber - Up Close & Personal Mark Webber is a talented, sensitive young filmmaker whose latest film, “The End of Love,” which he wrote, directed, and starred in, is a semi-biographical, beautifully crafted story about the struggles of a widower father

Celebrity Interviews, Danny Boyle - Up Close & Personal

Celebrity Interviews, Danny Boyle - Up Close & Personal Boyle’s latest film, ‘Trance,” is an action-packed mystery crime thriller with fascinating twists and turns that begin with the heist of a valuable Goya painting that goes awry

Dennis Quaid is Back on the Farm in “At Any Price”

Dennis Quaid is Back on the Farm in “At Any Price” Texas born and bred, Dennis Quaid is a consummate actor whose impressive acting career has been on-screen since 1977 when he played a baseball pitcher in “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” Since then, he has appeared in over 70 films

Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Discuss “Arthur Newman” and Obsessions & Other Personal Revelations

Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Discuss “Arthur Newman” and Obsessions & Other Personal Revelations Colin Firth does it again in his 360-degrees different character of Arthur Newman in the film of the same name. Co-starring Emily Blunt, the film explores the quest for life-changing decisions and takes the viewer through that odyssey

“I’m Not Rappaport” Review - On Stage at the Pico Playhouse

“I’m Not Rappaport” Review - On Stage at the Pico Playhouse In a tribute to Herb Gardner’s brilliant play which, through his comically sharp dialogue, explores a myriad of social issues, not only has this play survived the passage of time, but is as relevant and funny today as it was twenty-eight years ago

Celebrity Interviews, Benjamin Bratt - From Law & Order Detective to Drug Dealer

Celebrity Interviews, Benjamin Bratt  - From Law & Order Detective to Drug Dealer Benjamin Bratt is a familiar face both on television and on the big screen. His breakout role was that of detective Rey Curtis playing opposite the legendary Jerry Orbach in the long-running television series “Law & Order”

Morgan Freeman Interview – The Man With The Velvet Voice

Morgan Freeman Interview – The Man With The Velvet Voice Morgan Freeman’s vast body of consistently solid work, an actor who has graced the both the big and little screens with calm determination and a most distinctive voice. He is held in the highest esteem as one of Hollywood’s most respected actors

Belgium - A Gastronomical Delight Eat, Drink, And Be Merry

Belgium - A Gastronomical Delight  Eat, Drink, And Be Merry The gastronomical experience you’ll have in Belgium surely cannot begin to prepare you for the tasty days that lie before you in this tiny, pure white diamond of a country

Angelina Jolie Interview - Frank Talk on Her Directorial Debut

Angelina Jolie Interview  - Frank Talk on Her Directorial Debut Angelina Jolie,the most famous, most photographed woman in the world whose significant other, Brad Pitt, is equally as famous as both an actor and activist

Belgium: A Gastronomical Delight Eat, Drink, And Be Merry

Belgium:  A Gastronomical Delight  Eat, Drink, And Be Merry Part 1 focused on Li Cwerneu, a restaurant located in the town of Huy, whose “Cuisine Intuitive” earned owner/chef Arabelle Meirlaen a Michelin star. Part 2 is a general overview of some of the most famous, mouth-watering taste experiences of Belgium

Ojai – A Little Piece of Heaven Off the 101

Ojai – A Little Piece of Heaven Off the 101 Ojai – a soothing retreat from the assaults of every day Los Angeles living and the Ojai Visitors Bureau wants you to experience it for yourselves

Good People - Theatre Review

Good People - Theatre Review The playwright explores the life and times of a colorful cast of characters who struggle with friendships, betrayal, unemployment, financial challenges, desperation, single parenting, and a host of topics with which these folks are dealing

Why We Have a Body - Theatre Review

Why We Have a Body - Theatre Review “Why We Have A Body,” a Rainbow Theatre Company production currently being performed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts

Belgium: A Gastronomical Delight... Eat, Drink, And Be Merry

Belgium:  A Gastronomical Delight...  Eat, Drink, And Be Merry Belgium surely cannot begin to prepare you for the tasty days that lie before you in this tiny, pure white diamond of a country

Upclose and Personal with Actor Danny Arroyo - One of The Stars of 'Hercules Saves Christmas'

Upclose and Personal with Actor Danny Arroyo - One of The Stars of 'Hercules Saves Christmas' Born in the Bronx, New York, Danny Arroyo has always had a knack for acting. In between football and reading the art of acting unknowingly grew on him as a career. Till this day, Danny Arroyo has acted with some of Hollywood's most elite actors

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” Theatre Review - An Outrageous Comedy of Manners

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” Theatre Review -  An Outrageous Comedy of Manners Every once in a while a production comes along that is sheer perfection. Noel Coward’s timeless “Private Lives,” on stage at the International City Theatre, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, is one of those rare theatrical experiences

Interview with Top Chef Finalist Stefan Richter - Frank Talk Outside the Kitchen About Food, Relationships and Marriage

Interview with Top Chef Finalist Stefan Richter - Frank Talk Outside the Kitchen About Food, Relationships and Marriage Following sampling a delightful array of dishes from his L.A. Farm tasting menu, your reporter sat down with this most lively, spirited chef for an interview that has been edited for print purposes.

Director Wayne Wang Interview - Reflections on Filmmaking and the New China

Director Wayne Wang Interview - Reflections on Filmmaking and the New China At a recent press conference, Wang sat down with a group of select journalists to talk about his latest film, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Geffen Playhouse Scores Another Hit With the West Coast Debut of “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”

The Geffen Playhouse Scores Another Hit With the West Coast Debut of “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” hit the Geffen Playhouse with a thunderous body slam, dazzling the senses with a profusion of sights, sounds, and crisp dialogue that could be described as brilliant prose poetry

Theatre Review - God of Isaac

Theatre Review - God of Isaac To use a medical metaphor, The Los Angeles premiere of James Sherman’s comedy “The God of Isaac,” presented by the West Coast Jewish Theatre, could be described as “the operation was successful but the patient died.”

Special Olympics Southern California - Holding Its 15th Annual Pier del Sol Event on the Santa Monica Pier

Special Olympics Southern California - Holding Its 15th Annual Pier del Sol Event on the Santa Monica Pier The Pier del Sol’s annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC,) the world’s largest sports organization offering year-round training programs, and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion - On Stage At the Edgemar Center for the Arts

Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion - On Stage At the Edgemar Center for the Arts In an effort to set the record straight, writer-director Terry Jastrow researched that period and tried to interview people who were directly affected by her activities, including war veterans, most of whom refused to cooperate

Topher Grace Interview - Up Close and Personal

Topher Grace Interview -  Up Close and Personal Topher Grace’s foray into show business began at the ripe old age of 20 at which time he was a student at USC. He was cast in “That 70s Show” and thus embarked on the road to a successful acting career.

Exclusive Interview with Martin Sheen Part 1- Up Close and Personal Intimate Talk on “The Way,” Career, Family, and James Dean

Exclusive Interview with Martin Sheen Part 1- Up Close and Personal  Intimate Talk on “The Way,” Career, Family, and James Dean Martin Sheen is one of America’s most talented and revered treasures who moves seamlessly from film, to television, to stage

Emilio Estevez Interview - Emilio's Take On His Career and His Latest Film “The Way,” Starring His Dad, Martin Sheen

Emilio Estevez Interview - Emilio's Take On His Career and His Latest Film    “The Way,” Starring His Dad, Martin Sheen Estevez’s latest film is “The Way,” an inspirational, poignant film, beautifully written and directed, and stars Martin Sheen as Tom, an ophthalmologist who lives a very cushy, insulated California life

Anne Archer Interview – Up Close and Personal

Anne Archer Interview – Up Close and Personal Anne Archer has been one of Hollywood’s favorite on-screen wives.She currently plays Jane Fonda in “Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion,” a play written and directed by Terry Jastrow, on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts

Martin Sheen Interview Part 2- Up Close and Very Personal: Intimate Talk on Faith, Activism, Marriage, and Frank Sinatra

Martin Sheen Interview  Part 2- Up Close and Very Personal: Intimate Talk on Faith, Activism, Marriage, and Frank Sinatra In Part 2 of this deeply personal interview, Sheen candidly discusses his spiritual re-awakening and the responsibilities it created. The following conversation was conducted in the Tavis Smiley Green Room and has been edited for print purposes

New Jerusalem - The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27,1656

New Jerusalem - The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at  Talmud Torah Congregation:  Amsterdam, July 27,1656 West Coast Jewish Theatre’s production of David Ives’ brilliant, exquisitely written “New Jerusalem,” on stage at the Pico Playhouse, is pure theatrical and intellectual magic

Up Close and Personal With Rade Šerbedžija and Goran Kostić Co-Stars - Angelina Jolie’s “In The Land of Blood and Honey”

Up Close and Personal With Rade Šerbedžija and Goran Kostić  Co-Stars - Angelina Jolie’s “In The Land of Blood and Honey” Born in Bunic (Korenica) in 1946, Šerbedžija graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and has gone on to become one of the greatest Croatian stage and screen actors

Sam Worthington Interview - Musings on Actor Responsibility, Weird Phobias and “Avatar 2”

Sam Worthington Interview -  Musings on Actor Responsibility, Weird Phobias and “Avatar 2” “Man On A Ledge,” directed by Asger Leth, this is a caper movie with lots of plot twists and turns. The cast includes Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, and Kyra Sedgwick

Edward Burns Interview - Up Close and Personal Frank Talk on His Life As Writer, Director, Actor, and Family Man

Edward Burns Interview - Up Close and Personal  Frank Talk on His Life As Writer, Director, Actor, and Family Man Die hard New Yorker Edward Burns recently sat down with a select group of journalists to discuss, among other topics, his latest film, “Man On A Ledge,” a fun pop-corn caper film loaded with interesting twists and turns.

Joseph Culp Interview - Frank Talk On Acting Technique, Growing Up With A Movie Star Parent, Marriage, and Healing Childhood Wounds

Joseph Culp Interview - Frank Talk On Acting Technique, Growing Up With A Movie Star Parent, Marriage, and Healing Childhood Wounds Santa Monica resident Joseph Culp grew up the son of Hollywood icon, Robert Culp. He has carved out a successful career as an actor, writer, and filmmaker

John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sarah Paulson Talk About Their Latest Film

 John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sarah Paulson Talk About Their Latest Film “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” is a compelling psychological thriller that mines the depths of the cult experience of a young woman played by Elizabeth Olsen, who gives a break out, “Oscar buzz” performance as the troubled Martha.

Angelina Jolie Interview - Up Close and Personal - Frank Talk on Family Values and Her Humanitarianism

Angelina Jolie Interview - Up Close and Personal - Frank Talk on Family Values and Her Humanitarianism In Part 2 of the interview, Jolie talks in depth about her humanitarian awakening and how it impacts on her family

“Drive” and “The Descendants” - Score Top Honors at the Satellite Awards

“Drive” and “The Descendants” - Score Top Honors at the Satellite Awards Kicking off the awards season, under the leadership of President Mirjana Van Blaricom, the International Press Academy held its 16th Annual Satellite Awards™ on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Lisa See Interview - Thoughts on Women Through the Ages

Lisa See Interview - Thoughts on Women Through the Ages See recently sat down with a select group of journalists to discuss the film “Snow Flower and the Hidden Fan” which was adapted for the screen from her novel

Li Bing Bing and Wendi Murdoch Interview

Li Bing Bing and Wendi Murdoch Interview “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” is a visually stunning, epic film directed by Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”)

An Interview With Buck Brannaman - Robert Redford’s Horse Whisperer

An Interview With Buck Brannaman - Robert Redford’s Horse Whisperer For those of you who remember Robert Redford’s stunning portrayal of the magical horse whisperer in “The Horse Whisperer,” it will be a special treat to meet Buck Brannaman, the gentleman cowboy on whom Redford’s character was based

Superior Donuts Theater Review - Another Slam Dunk At The Geffen Playhouse

Superior Donuts Theater Review - Another Slam Dunk At The Geffen Playhouse “Superior Donuts,” a superb script written by Tracy Letts, takes place in a family donut shop located in a run-down part of Chicago. The owner is the equally run-down Arthur Przybyszewski, brilliantly portrayed by Gary Cole

Extraordinary Chambers Theater Review - David Wiener World Premiere at The Geffen Playhouse

Extraordinary Chambers Theater Review - David Wiener World Premiere at The Geffen Playhouse The world premiere of David Wiener’s “Extraordinary Chambers,” on stage at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, is a stunning fictional drama, directed with great skill by Pam MacKinnon, about a couple who visit Cambodia

Ewan McGregor Interview – Insights Into Acting, Taking Direction, and Relationships

Ewan McGregor Interview –  Insights Into Acting, Taking Direction, and Relationships When the award-winning actor Ewan McGregor was a young boy of six, he watched wide-eyed with amazement the dazzling performance by Alec Guinness in the role of Ben ‘Obi-Wan’ Kenobi in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”

Jodie Foster Interview – Thoughts on Directing, Acting, and Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster Interview – Thoughts on Directing, Acting, and Mel Gibson Jodie Foster is one of Hollywood’s most respected and highest paid actors whose compelling performances have brought her Academy Awards and multiple nominations

Scarpetta (“Little Shoe”) Restaurant Review - A Good Fit at the Montage Beverly Hills

Scarpetta (“Little Shoe”) Restaurant Review - A Good Fit at the Montage Beverly Hills When award-winning chef Scott Conant opened his Scarpetta restaurant in New York‘s chic Meatpacking District in 2008, it received three-star reviews from The New York Times and New York magazines, both selected it as among the top ten new restaurants

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Interview – Thoughts on Character Development and Independent Filmmaking

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Interview – Thoughts on Character Development and Independent Filmmaking Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been in show business since he was three and has managed to gracefully transition from child star to young leading man

The Czech Republic Review – A Little Jewel, Part Two

The Czech Republic Review – A Little Jewel, Part Two Still smiling from the Renaissance dinner blast the night before, which you are encouraged to experience for yourself, we headed to Ponesice to visit the local distillery that produces plum, pear, apricot, carrot, honey, and black current spirits

The Czech Republic Review – A Little Jewel

The Czech Republic Review – A Little Jewel The Czech Republic is a tiny jewel of a country that you could drive through in one day. Although Prague is the most popular destination, the rest of the country abounds in the most charming towns and villages that are packed with historic treasures

Interview with Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis - Thoughts on Career, Music, and Family

Interview with Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis - Thoughts on Career, Music, and Family Orlando Bloom’s chiseled face first became familiar when he starred as Legolas Greenleaf in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy

Mark Ruffalo Interview - Thoughts on Acting, Directing, Family Life, & Stella Adler

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Interview with AnnaSophia Robb & Bethany Hamilton - AnnaSophia Robb & Bethany Hamilton Talk About Soul Surfer

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