| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in the New York Times, and it deserved to. Like so many American images and voices in our vast celluloid memory bank, she may have been more familiar than famous -- if the...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: We inherited an Orthophonic Victrola VE 8-35X made in 1928. It's all original and includes an instruction manual with needles. We like its look as furniture, but would we ruin value by gutting the interior and installing shelves?
A: The reader...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Elvis Presley, who died on this date in 1977 at age 42, starred in 31 scripted motion pictures beginning with 1956's "Love Me Tender" and ending with a thud with 1969's "Change of Habit."
Because so many of his later films were so bad, including such...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"MY HEART is French, my a-- is international!"
So said the Gallic actress Arletty, remarking on her affair with a German officer, during World War II. This is from Tilar J. Mazzeo's book "The Hotel on Place Vendome."
I've written of this book, and...
| 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...
| Sep 3, 2014
"Miami: A Cultural History"
The latest in Interlink's Cultural History series, "Miami: A Cultural History" offers an insightful look at the Florida melting pot. As author Anthony P. Maingot notes, Miami has the highest percentage of...
| 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...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field.
Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis.
Sunday, leading U.S....
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:15 PM
The Arab Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles and continues through Oct. 20, is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the United States.
Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the...
| 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...