• Garrett Brown with Sylvester Stallone during the filming of Rocky II.
    Courtesy Garrett Brown
    11:32am Apr 30, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Steadicam Creator Joins Inventors Hall of Fame

    Rocky Balboa's sprint up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum is a scene that would have once been impossible to film. Camera innovator Garrett Brown made it possible when he invented the Steadicam. The jack of all trades will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.
  • 10:21am Apr 26, 2013
    Science Science

    The Bird That Struts Its Stuff

    The Greater sage-grouse is a large bird that makes its living in sagebrush habitats across the western U.S. and Canada. Every year at this time, male sage-grouse perform a striking dance routine each morning at dawn. Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, breaks down the dance and describes challenges the birds face in Utah.
  • 11:05am Apr 24, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Tom Cruise's Latest Headed For 'Oblivion'

    Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure, starring Tom Cruise, is the most incoherent piece of storytelling since John Travolta's Battlefield Earth. It had critic David Edelstein crying, "What? What?" over the din of the explosions.
  • Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story.
    Kino Lorber
    8:37pm Apr 17, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Digging Into Ricky Jay's 'Deceptive' Card Tricks

    It's been said that to properly understand a magician, you have to get right on stage and watch how the act is done. NPR's Bob Mondello had that chance once with card whiz Ricky Jay — subject of the new film Deceptive Practice — and has a few words about how the showman works.
  • Shaz (Toni Collette), a hotheaded stranger new to the Australian town of Dolphin Heads, becomes the unlikely answer to a local politician's problems when she steps in to nanny his children.
    Dada Films
    2:39pm Apr 09, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

    P.J. Hogan's new movie is madder than madcap, a zany, nonconformist boundary-pusher whose offbeat manner makes for a rich and grounded film. Toni Collette plays the part of a modern-day Maria von Trapp as if she has nothing to lose — and Anthony LaPaglia shows his true Aussie accent.