'Star Wars' mania hits White House

Dec 19, 2015

'Star Wars' mania hits White House

The White House has caught “Star Wars” mania. President Barack Obama began his year-end press conference Friday by letting reporters know their meeting wouldn’t be the most important event taking place Friday. That honor went to a special screening of “The Force Awakens” for ...

A blockbuster awakens: 'Star Wars' back on big screen

Dec 15, 2015

A blockbuster awakens: 'Star Wars' back on big screen

Fans cheered the highly anticipated Hollywood premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with standing ovations, applause and screams of delight as the space epic resumed under tight security. Police cordoned off the area around the famed Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard hosting the ...

Dec 5, 2015

Remembering Setsuko Hara

Fans and critics regretted that acting great Setsuko Hara never made more films after 1961, but with her passing perhaps a new generation will discover the pleasure, complexity and intensity of her work.

Robert Loggia, actor in 'Scarface' and 'Big,' dies at 85

Dec 5, 2015

Robert Loggia, actor in 'Scarface' and 'Big,' dies at 85

Robert Loggia, the gravelly voiced character actor who danced with Tom Hanks on a giant floor keyboard in “Big,” fought aliens in “Independence Day” and trafficked in drugs in “Scarface,” died on Friday at age 85, his widow said. Loggia, who was nominated for ...

A long time ago, no one believed in 'Star Wars'

Dec 4, 2015

A long time ago, no one believed in 'Star Wars'

It may well be one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, but when the original “Star Wars” film was released in 1977 many people — including creator George Lucas — believed it would be a flop. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted what a ...

Charlie Sheen has HIV, aims to be role model

Nov 18, 2015

Charlie Sheen has HIV, aims to be role model

Actor Charlie Sheen, who declared Tuesday that he is HIV-positive, says his bad-boy days are over and he aims to become an inspiration to others. “My partying days are behind me,” Sheen said in an “open letter” posted online. “My philanthropic days are ahead ...

Alleged New York mobster acquitted over 'Goodfellas' heist

Nov 13, 2015

Alleged New York mobster acquitted over 'Goodfellas' heist

An 80-year-old reputed mobster accused of a spectacular 1978 New York airport heist immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s hit movie “Goodfellas” was acquitted Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn. Vincent Asaro, allegedly a member of the notorious Bonanno crime family, was accused of murder, violence ...

Sensor discovery more than skin-deep

Nov 11, 2015

Sensor discovery more than skin-deep

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a micro-thin thermal sensor that can be applied directly on a person’s skin, which could be useful in monitoring the health of infants or even making sportswear more comfortable. The research group said the device, embedded in ultra-fine ...

Family builds Star Wars costume for son with cerebral palsy

Oct 31, 2015

Family builds Star Wars costume for son with cerebral palsy

A Star Wars-loving Utah family devised an elaborate and awe-inspiring solution to the challenge of finding a Halloween costume for their 5-year-old son with cerebral palsy. Chantelle and Patrick Bailey built a detailed replica of the Millennium Falcon that fits around Sebastian Bailey’s walker. ...