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Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff is the entertainment, lifestyle and travel editor for The Washington Times. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Althoff studied at the University of Southern California, and he has worked in film, television and publishing in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining The Times in 2014, he wrote for Brides magazine, Black Belt, Pasadena Magazine, Set Decor, Hustler and elsewhere. He has spoken several times at the annual convention of the American Copy Editors Society.

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Articles by Eric Althoff

Richard Gere plays a homeless man in "Time Out Of Mind," scheduled for a September release. (AP, File)

Richard Gere experiences homelessness for film, stresses need for human connection

Even Richard Gere had a tough time panhandling. For his role as George, a homeless man suffering from mental illness in the upcoming film "Time Out of Mind," the actor went "undercover" in New York, standing on street corners and beseeching people for change. "I made a buck and a half. I was very bad at this," Mr. Gere said. Published July 16, 2015

Soundtrack of the summer not to be missed

It's hard to believe summertime is more or less at its halfway point, but that doesn't mean your outdoorsy fun has to stop any time soon. And just as important as what you do with the warm months is the soundtrack you choose to back it up. Published July 14, 2015

7 films that are flying 'under the radar'

Sure, all things "Jurassic," "Terminator" and "Avengers" are screaming for your movie-going bucks this summer, but there's a whole lot more out there to appreciate — even films that won't be found at the multiplex. Published July 12, 2015

Riker Lynch praises the 'energy' of R5 shows

The R5 sound is a rock/pop hybrid, heavy on radio-friendly cuts and optimism, particularly on the upbeat "All Night" from the band's latest album, "Sometime Last Night," which debuts Friday. Published July 9, 2015

Amy Winehouse appears in a scene from the film, "Amy." Business manager Nick Shymansky helped director Asif Kapadia reconstructing the timeline of the singer's life, often piecing together the chanteuse's pre-fame life in the early 2000s. (Associated Press)

'Amy' lets Winehouse's inner circle tell the story about her life, troubles and untimely death

"Why so soon?" often has been asked after the death of a young performer: Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and others. Business manager Nick Shymansky pointedly applies the question to a new documentary about Winehouse that opens this weekend in the District. Simply titled "Amy," it chronicles the short, sad but amazingly creative life of the British singer-songwriter. Published July 9, 2015

Holy cinema verite! 'Batkid Begins' looks behind the scenes

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has made dreams come true for children for 35 years, but a 5-year-old's wish to be Batman -- not just to dress up like him, but to actually become the Caped Crusader -- seemed a tall order. Published July 8, 2015

The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs from a throne of his own making, after breaking his leg during a show in Sweden. A specially designed gurney allowed Mr. Grohl's chair to extend onto a catwalk to get him closer to the crowd, sometimes with bandmates joining him. "There was no way I was canceling this concert," Mr. Grohl told the enthusiastic crowd. (Associated Press photographs)

Let it rain, break a leg: Nothing can stop the force of a Foo Fighters celebration

Not even Mother Nature could stop the Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Blowout at RFK Stadium on Saturday. The band threw itself -- and a crowd of 40,000 spectators -- a rockin' fiesta to coincide with the ruby anniversary of the release of its self-titled first album in 1995. Backed by a bevy of supporting acts such as Gary Clarke Jr., Buddy Guy, Heart, LL Cool J and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the Foos celebrated both their music and America's birthday in high-rock fashion. Published July 5, 2015

D.C. Foo Fighters' fans worried Dave Grohl might need to sit out the Independence Day festival, need not fret. "Can't [expletive] wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC," the band tweeted Monday. (ASsociated Press)

Foo Fighters excited for star-studded RFK concert

Dave Grohl is coming home. For the Fourth of July, the Foo Fighters' frontman is bringing his band to the nation's capital, where Mr. Grohl spent his formative years before being recruited to join the "other" Washington's breakout grunge band, Nirvana. Published July 1, 2015

Patrick Lussier, who co-wrote the "Terminator: Genisys" script with Laeta Kalogridis said, "we knew we wanted Arnold, first and foremost. We knew we wanted time travel. We knew we wanted Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese and John Connor all as central parts of the story."

New spin with favorite pieces

Thirty-one years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the futuristic Terminator cyborg, uttered three words that would follow the muscle-bound actor throughout his career: "I'll be back." Published June 29, 2015

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (right), bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee (left) and drummer Neil Peart. (Invision via Associated Press)

On 40th anniversary tour, Rush continues to make their joyful rock noise

Rush bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart are touring the U.S. and Canada to commemorate their ruby anniversary, with a sold-out stop Saturday at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center. The trio performed a three-hour show with a halftime break. Published June 28, 2015

'Book of Mormon' more shock than awe

The shock and gasps have come to the Kennedy Center. After wowing Broadway and making it the hottest ticket you couldn't get, "Book of Mormon" is at the Kennedy Center Opera House through Aug. 16, and the touring production has brought along the humor, the songs, the dance and, yes, the offensiveness intact. Published June 28, 2015