LOS ANGELES — For most Oscar viewers, the red carpet is little more than a fluffy delight — a few hours filled with insanely expensive dresses, over-caffeinated commentators and false modesty.
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The label “durable” as in “durable leading man” has never fit Liam Neeson more than it does in these late-career action pictures that have become his bread and butter since “Taken.”
“The Good Luck of Right Now” by Matthew Quick; Harper (284 pages, $25.99)
Walk into any Toys R Us looking for toy trains and you’ll be confronted with two stark choices: The venerable Thomas the Tank Engine on one wall and upstart Chuggington on another (a few Brio toy trains may be scattered about, too).
It’s great that Jean-Claude Van Damme can make light of his tough-guy image and he’s certainly the selling point for “Welcome to the Jungle,” a comedy about an Outward Bound-style corporate retreat on a deserted island that devolves into “Lord of the Office Flies.” What’s not so great is that the movie is only sporadically funny.
CHICAGO — A few years ago, saxophonist Branford Marsalis had a problem.
Monday began Jay Leno’s farewell run on “The Tonight Show,” four nights of stars and tributes as he completes close to 22 years of late-night hosting. Friday night, NBC will begin Olympics coverage, then on Feb. 17 Jimmy Fallon will make a smooth transition into the “Tonight” job.
MIAMI — Pitbull already has his ticket punched for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The rapper’s new song, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” has been selected as the anthem of the soccer spectacular.
“So” is how “That Awkward Moment” begins every “awkward moment.” As in “So, what are we doing here?” Or “So, where do you see this relationship going?”
LOS ANGELES — The critically lambasted Adam Sandler comedy “Grown-Ups 2” dominated the nominations for the 34th Razzie Awards on Wednesday morning, receiving eight, including worst picture, worst actor, worst supporting actor and worst director.
LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber is now a vandalism suspect, authorities said Friday, after a neighbor’s house in Calabasas was egged Thursday night.
For many Bruce Springsteen fans, the 2000s were a wilderness.
Syfy calls its new series “Helix” “an intense thriller.” In other words, it wants you to jump out of your skin.
LOS ANGELES — After auditioning actresses in cities across the country, “Saturday Night Live” has hired actress Sasheer Zamata as a featured player. Zamata’s first episode will be Jan. 18, with Drake as the host.
LOS ANGELES — If you think the new Fox series “Enlisted” follows the grand tradition of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” by taking a comical look at life in the military, then you should take a second look.