| Sep 29, 2014
| 6:04 PM
Taking their queue from the classic movie "Casablanca," some city officials are declaring themselves "shocked, shocked!" to learn that police brutality is a serious problem in Baltimore. An investigative report on Sunday by The Sun's Mark Puente found the...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:00 PM
To understand what's wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox.
Riffing off a fragment attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus,...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Last Friday’s Movie Quote Quiz remains almost half-unanswered, presumably because of unfamiliarity with our new blog platform and some technical issues we’ve been experiencing.
So I decided to repost it today, including the answers...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 8:46 AM
Original post | 11:46 a.m. March 27
Updated | 10:54 a.m. March 28
With Gov. Rick Scott using official events for campaign purposes, Democrats are acting like Claude Raines, in perhaps the best scene in "Casablanca."
(That’s when Raines, the...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 6:01 AM
Let's get this out of the way: A timpanist is that cool one in the orchestra who gets to bang on one of those huge drums in the back.
Timpani has long been a big part of the life of 30-year-old James Wyman, now in his first year with the Baltimore...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:20 PM
Martha Hyer, the Old Hollywood actress best known for her Oscar-nominated performance opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's "Some Came Running," has died at age 89, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
A striking blond glamor girl, Hyer was born in Fort...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:45 PM
Seeing stars: Stop by the Kaenon Eyewear Sample Sale at 864 W. 16th St., Newport Beach, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to save up to 75% on new, sample and slightly blemished designer sunglasses for men and women. The line is a favorite among elite athletes...
| May 16, 2014
| 11:00 AM
There is a scene that bookends "No Way Out," the 1987 espionage thriller starring Kevin Costner. He's a naval officer, a hero, being interrogated about the murder of the secretary of Defense's mistress. There are hints that he might be a double agent. You...
| May 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The Metropolitan FilmExport topper thinks back on the films he's seen and handled in his career and names some of his favorites.
1. King Kong
My dad, who was distributing RKO movies in Casablanca, showed us the movie and I was so amazed by the adventure,...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...