Nothing can pack the pressure like organized social media -- and actor Christian Bale is certainly feeling it. A Facebook campaign is asking the Batman star to visit kids who were hurt in last week's shooting during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises where 12 were killed and 8 were injure ... More >>
Tough times at Stately Wayne Manor? Holy Hamburgers, Batman! Say it ain't so! A man outfitted in the not-memorable-at-all disguise of a Batman mask and false vampire teeth entered a McDonald's in nearby Belmont at around 9 p.m. last night. It's unclear what device man pulled from his utility belt ... More >>
Never one to be left out of a media shark attack, I scored my own interview with Gavin Newsom last week to talk about what's next for San Francisco. What follows is the unedited transcript. BENJAMIN: "Hey, are you Gavin Newsom?" NEWSOM: "Yeah. It's a pleasure to meet you." BENJAMIN: "How ... More >>
While perusing the New York Times Magazine's 26.3 billion-word article on the (wo)men who would rule California -- which may well spur the rest of us to consider the merits of Nevada, Oregon, or Arizona -- a thought hit us. Not an important thought, but a thought nevertheless.For reasons unknown, se ... More >>
The film snob's guide to the best cinema the season has to offer.
Not every sequel can be The Empire Strikes Back or even Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and there seems to be a disproportionate amount of potentially rotten ones coming out in 2009. None of these turkeys would have gotten the green light from the studios if execs didn't feel like there was some pote ... More >>
Heath Ledger peers into the void as Christopher Nolan's Batman returns.
The season of big budget bangs uses its brain
Boys will be boys in Street Kings' shallow look at dirty police.
The elusive Bob Dylan, masterfully considered, in I'm Not There
Werner Herzog takes his hero worship Hollywood
The summer season always brings out the worst in Hollywood, but there are also gems to be found
Sequels, prequels, and threequels in 2007
Memento director plumbs the depths of magic and loss
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
The Dark Knight's origin story can't overcome its Baleful side
Miyazaki returns with a beautiful but confounding fairy tale
Christian Bale chases phantoms and loses sleep in Brad Anderson's latest
In Laurel Canyon, a little erotic temptation proves good for the soul
Beastly flamers make a man of Christian Bale in Reign of Fire
This season's cinema demands attention
The setting is the only real star in the cliché-ridden Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Samuel L. Jackson is Shaft