Oct. 25, 2011 | 10:48 a.m.
The latest direct-to-video animated film from Warner Home Video is “Batman: Year One,” an adaptation of the landmark 1980s comics that became a template for the Christopher Nolan version of Gotham City and its corrupt police department. Bryan Cranston, who has won three Emmys for his work on the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” stars as James Gordon, the cop who is trying to sort out his personal life and survive the mean streets of a city on the edge. The cast also includes Benjamin McKenzie as Bruce Wayne, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle and Katee Sackhoff as Det. Sarah Essen. Our Geoff Boucher caught up with Cranston to talk about the film, which is now on sale. GB: Whether it’s in animation or in one of the live-action films, it seems like Gotham City is a must-visit place for character actors […]
April 26, 2010 | 12:15 a.m.
This is the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes but this year’s ceremony was the first to award a prize in the graphic novel category. On Friday night, at the sparkling ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, I had the distinct honor of announcing the category’s first winner: “Asterios Polyp” by David Mazzucchelli, a marvelous choice by the judges, who spoke highly of the quirky, brainy and cranky masterpiece: “Mazzucchelli’s monolith is a beautifully executed love story, a smart and playful treatise on aesthetics, a perfectly unified work whose every formal element, down to the stitching on its spine, serves its themes. No wonder the main character is an architect finding his way back to his Ithaca and his Penelope: “Asterios Polyp” is an odyssey of design as well as writing and art and cartooning. Steeped in classicism and wholly modern, it’s a […]