And what happens when they get it wrong.
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
A chilly, impersonal comedy of love and betrayal.
Went on a date. To re-boot my chivalry, I let her pick the movie. Nine. Oh boy. She says, "It's about a guy who fantasizes about hot chicks." I say (fingers crossed), "I'm in. Are we talking porn?" So we go to Magnolia theater in West Village, have a drink and there, writhing around on ... More >>
Wheelchairs for Iraqi KidsBrad Blauser with one of the hundreds of Iraqi children to receive pediatric wheelchairs thanks to the North Texan's effortsFive years ago, Brad Blauser of Grapevine landed in Iraq as a civilian contractor. Though his family remains here, Blauser has stayed in Baghdad. B ... More >>
A fireside Taxi CabIt was a brisk night. Jessica and I had set out to see John Spriggins' Paper Dolls exhibition at the South Dallas Cultural Center. We made several illegal u-turns before successfully achieving our goal (the SDCC is precariously located at a wonky intersection) and perusing the ... More >>
The Texas flag's waving in the Oklahoma breeze at this very moment: Noted The Oklahoman yesterday, director Michael Winterbottom's about 200 miles north of here shooting the second big-screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me, about a deeply disturbed West Texas lawman who ... More >>
The Ex-Mr. Kate Hudson and company are rolling through town on Friday night with a gig at the Palladium on the heels of the band's recently released (and fairly well-received) Warpaint disc. Writes Observer contributor Bob Ruggiero in this week's paper: Vocalist Chris Robinson's lyrics remain t ... More >>
See a Czech import at the Modern
Quiet Life Quiet Life is an up and coming alt-country quartet hailing from Connecticut. Act Natural, the band’s stellar debut, came out a few weeks ago and features an intriguing mix of Wilco and the Black Crowes. The group stops at Club Dada tonight on its way to SXSW. Quiet Life’s main singer ... More >>
While channeling Woody Allen, this film offers a dinged-up love story
There is no gold at the end of this terrible flick
Despite Dallas' 5-1 start, the Phillips 3-4 has been stupefying
Sunday, September 2, Fort Worth Stockyards
Different and wonderful, three small-scale musicals make room for big voices
Yeah, yeah -- the Wilson bros. were in town Monday pimping their pic two-plus years after it made its bow in Austin at South by Southwest only to wind up on a shelf till now. And Owen brought Kate Hudson with him; like, wow, really? The star of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Skeleton Key and R ... More >>
You saw this, right? OK. Maybe not. Maybe you shut off the teevee before the fourth quarter. Maybe you threw it out the window. Maybe you shotgunned the sumbitch. So maybe you missed seeing Owen Wilson -- good ol' Dallas boy, fer Chrissakes -- cheering on the Golden State Warriors. Maybe you missed ... More >>
The awful truth about Nancy Meyers
Some of us worked Friday. And some of us--by which I mean Owen Wilson and his mother--were at Harry Winston's in Highland Park Village. Shopping for what? Well, his people--and, really, even when Owen and I took driver's ed together at St. Mark's, even then I knew he would have people--say they were ... More >>
Sad news today: Robert Altman, director of some of the greatest American movies of the past 40 years (among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, The Long Goodbye and even this year's joyful A Prairie Home Companion), died last night at a Hollywood hospital. He was 81. The cause of death hasn't been ... More >>
You, Me and Dupree overstays its welcome
Hudson's a bad mother, and sister, in this pat parenthood tale
A slick remake of a barely fictionalized biopic renders Irish reporter Guerin's story as Hollywood truth
Hudson and Watts cheese it up in France
Loosely based on The Gambler, Alex and Emma, sadly, takes no risks at all
Kate gets the hard sell in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Sixth time's a charm as Heath Ledger grows up carrying Four Feathers
Penny Lane grows up and looks kind of like her mom--no, her Sister
Almost Famous special edition crammed full of goodies
Who knew that doing it in Dublin could be so much fun?
Renée Zellweger nervously Joneses for romance
She's finally been invited to the Oscar party, but what will she do after the ball?
Robert Altman nails Dallas' shallow society to a T
Almost Famous rings in your ears--and heart--long after it's over
Desert Blue offers up a sweet picture of mordant teens bursting to bust loose
Coolness and a cast of dozens can't save 200 Cigarettes