Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah duel and duet in the proudly hokey 'Joyful Noise'
March 18 2013
"Joyful Noise" is set in one of those homey Georgia hamlets in which everyone over 35 is a country-fried Confucius, eagerly (and aggressively) dispensing the sort of wisdom that ought to come with a side...
Words wound as Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz tear into each other in the savagely funny 'Carnage'
March 18 2013
The clafoutis has turned into cobbler, the rum has been traded out for scotch, a couple of names have been changed (to protect the guilty?) and the action sometimes leaves the living room, but otherwise...
WILX's David Andrews prepares for a schedule shift on Monday
March 18 2013
Getting up early in the morning is nothing new for WILX news anchor David Andrews. He’s been married to WFMK-FM morning-show DJ Monica Harris for 24 years, and she’s been starting work before...
DeWitt photographer gets a showcase at Detroit Auto Show
March 18 2013
New, flashy cars aren’t the only eye-catchers being displayed at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Viewers will also get a chance to also see 40 large images of Michigan, all photographed by Michael...
Former MSU professor turns wood into artworks
March 18 2013
Professor-turned-wood-artisan Bruce Miller is Gallery 1212’s featured artist for the month of January and according, to gallery co-owner Donna Randall, Miller is anything but typical
Official opening is being scheduled for the fall
March 18 2013
The road to Broad just got a little longer: Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon announced this morning that the planned April 21 dedication date for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum...
MSU grad Anton Armstrong conducts the 75-voice choir
March 18 2013
Thursday, Jan. 19 — “You only turn 100 once,” said Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, which visits Wharton Center Jan. 29 as part of a tour celebrating the choir's centennial
'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' is a well-made, but ultimately unconvincing would-be tearjerker
March 18 2013
Stephen Daldry has something to brag about. Every one of the British-born director’s features to date — “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader” —...
'The Artist': Get ready to cheer for a silent movie
March 18 2013
“I won’t talk! I won’t say a word!” vows actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) in a climactic scene in “A Russian Affair,” one of several movies-within-a-movie in director...
The Academy Award nominations include some solid choices and some mystifying slights
March 18 2013
Tuesday, Jan. 24 — There has never been — and will never be — a flawless crop of Academy Award nominations. But this year's roster, which was announced Tuesday morning, has more than...
A children's classic comes to life in “Are You My Mother?”
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — P.D Eastman’s classic tale of one baby bird’s desperate search for her mother is brought to life in the original musical “Are You My Mother?,” as part...
Bonnie Jo Campbell kicks off a series devoted to authors addressing Michigan life
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — Michigan State University associate dean and writing professor Edward Watts wants to make the Midwest less of a flyover zone when it comes to literature. Watts, who has long...
Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest comes to Celebration Cinema and NCG Eastwood
March 18 2013
Thursday, Jan. 26 — It’s a common experience among moviegoers to notice that one guy who uses his phone throughout the entire film. Well, maybe it’s not always a guy, and maybe she’s...
Glenn Close's subtle work is upstaged by the bolder Mia Wasikowska and Janet McTeer in 'Albert Nobbs'
March 18 2013
Over the years, we’ve seen many characters cross-dress in the movies for various reasons. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis pretended to be female musicians to escape gangsters in “Some Like It Hot.”...
Pulitzer winner documents his cancer battle in “Not As I Pictured”
March 18 2013
Friday, Jan. 26 — Pulitzer-winning photojournalist John Kaplan tells his story of his battle with cancer on WKAR-TV’s World channel at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday
Katherine Heigl takes a shot at playing Stephanie Plum in a movie that's dead on arrival
March 18 2013
In 1991, Kathleen Turner attempted to turn Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski thrillers into a franchise; unfortunately, the dream died the minute the dismal debut, “V.I. Warshawski,” began...
East Lansing Film Society screens Oscar-nominated comedy from Woody Allen
March 18 2013
Monday, Jan. 30 —The East Lansing Film Society screens writer-director Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" this week. The comic fantasy is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture...
Daniel Radcliffe's 'Woman in Black' conjures up some old-fashioned chills
March 18 2013
One of the biggest shocks in “The Woman in Black” arrives in the first minutes, when you realize that Daniel Radcliffe, who seemed to be a child himself not so very long ago, is now playing...
'Chronicle' isn't your standard superhero movie, but it isn't very good, either
March 18 2013
When Madonna hired a documentary crew to follow her around for her 1991 film “Truth or Dare,” many observers thought she’d scaled new heights of narcissism (even her then-boyfriend Warren...
Benaron is the author of 'Running the Rift,' set in 1990s Rwanda
March 18 2013
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — A Wednesday evening event with 2011 Bellwether Prize for Fiction winner Naomi Benaron at the Eastwood location of Schuler Books & Music has been canceled, due to illness