| Jul 31, 2011
East of the West
A Country in Stories
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 226 pp., $24
Miroslav Penkov hit American shores in 2001 (he was 21) from his native Bulgaria, and he hasn't stopped writing (or winning prizes for his wild, homesick...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Today's 2 p.m. screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Sep 10, 2011
Smart, fleet-footed and firing enough enthusiastic F-bombs to feel true-to-life, Beau Willimon's 2008 behind-the-scenes look at wheeling and dealing on a presidential campaign is savvy enough to understand what audiences want to see. The maneuvering and...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 4:52 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Sue Mengers, a veteran 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.
At the time of her death, Mengers was...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:24 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, has died. He was 86.
Vidal died at his Los Angeles home Tuesday evening of complications from...
| 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 2, 2012
| 6:38 AM
The Gore Vidal obits mainly got it right. He was a fine novelist as well as a talk-show friendly celebrity writer. He was a pompous egghead who could also swear and get scrappy when caught short for the right words. And he did more things, at a higher...
| 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...
| May 1, 2012
| 6:41 AM
Last May, Da'Vine Joy Randolph graduated from the Yale School of Drama, unclear what her future as an actor would hold.
On Tuesday morning, she was nominated as best featured actor in a musical for her performance in "Ghost: The Musical," in a role of...
| Jun 10, 2012
Here is the full list of Tony nominations for 2012 (WINNERS are noted):
"Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris WINNER
"Other Desert Cities," Jon Robin Baitz
"Peter and the Starcatcher," Rick Elice
"Venus in Fur," David Ives
"Leap of Faith"...