| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:09 PM
We take our text today from the parable of the prodigal son, and what it can teach us about the psychology of the peever. We are not much interested in the prodigal himself, an all-too-familiar and not particularly interesting type. No, we are going to...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 2:51 PM
One of the things we learn from Shane Salerno's biographical documentary about J.D. Salinger is that Salinger loved old Hollywood movies as much as loathed the idea of his own work ending up on the screen. Before he became famous for “Catcher in the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:51 PM
If further proof is needed of Oscar Wilde's contention that "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers," one need look no further than the life of author J.D. Salinger.
As delineated in Shane Salerno's energetic, informative and at...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:40 PM
TCM has released its classy “TCM Remembers” video that honors people who've died in the closing year. The tribute features writers (Ray Bradbury, Gore Vidal), singers (Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Whitney Houston), a comedian (Phyllis Diller), a...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:30 AM
These are heady days for the gay and lesbian community, with Supreme Court decisions and public-opinion polls reflecting startling shifts in views on issues such as gay marriage. Not surprisingly, the upcoming edition of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 6:30 AM
LONDON -- Sony Pictures Television has added to its stable of U.K. production companies with the launch of Scarlet Media, which is headed by producer Simon Andreae, who most recently worked for Discovery in the U.S.
SPT will hold a majority stake in...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 8:40 AM
George Plimpton spent a lifetime stepping into other people's shoes. It's only fitting that he's finally talking about what it was like to walk in his own.
That this is possible, 10 years after his death in 2003 when Plimpton was a robust 76, is due...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:15 AM
When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen.
"It's not your...
| May 13, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?
Yeah, me too.
When I was an 18-year-old college student, in 1963, my buddy Steve and I tried to impress girls at the beach with our English accents. We'd recently appeared in a Shakespearean production on...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times...