| Jan 8, 2012
Angela Lansbury, 86, returns to movie theaters on Friday as the lovable teapot Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast" as Disney Studios rereleases the popular 1991 animated film remastered in digital 3-D. The five-time Tony Award winner also returns to...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:37 PM
She's got the look. She's also got the walk, the talk and the wardrobe.
When Michelle Williams pouts and flounces and oozes her way across the screen in "My Week With Marilyn," giving herself unreservedly to the role of a tormented yet still-alluring...
| Feb 16, 2012
In this season of artistic change at several Chicago theaters, the Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago is next up at bat.
Under its former artistic director, L. Walter Stearns (who now runs the Mercury Theater on Southport Avenue), Porchlight staged...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 7:28 PM
Sue Mengers, an unapologetically brash talent agent who blazed a path for women in Hollywood and represented some of its biggest stars, died Saturday night at her Beverly Hills home after a long illness. She was 79.
For two decades, Mengers was one of...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.
The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 12:13 PM
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the...
| Aug 5, 2012
In March 2003, as U.S. forces were pouring into Iraq, I interviewed Gore Vidal at his elegant home in the Hollywood Hills. The conflict's opening days hadn't gone quite as smoothly as some Pentagon planners had anticipated, and Vidal, a self-described...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 11:09 AM
The other day I praised Gore Vidal's Lincoln, mentioning in particular the accuracy of its historical details.
Now I learn that the estimable Heidi Landecker, now of The Chronicle of Higher Education, was the fact checker for the book (which she did not...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Some of you have been generous enough to inform me, here or on Facebook or at Twitter, that you do not share my esteem for the writings of Gore Vidal. You perhaps do not care for his politics or his prose style or his morality or his person. Perhaps his...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Good news for Hartford Stage board members and friends of the theater here who invested in the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” staged by former artistic director Michael Wilson.
Producers of the revival of the 1960...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 11:06 AM
This past weekend, I came across a letter I wrote in 2007 as a senior at Florida State. Here it is below in full with annotated notes from me in 2012. Send this to your little brother or sister.
As i sit here, blowing off my International Organizations...