| Dec 3, 2006
1841 William Wolfskill planted the first local commercial orange groves on 2 acres east of what is now Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles.
1881 On Dec. 4, the Los Angeles Times began publication as the Los Angeles Daily Times. The first...
| May 17, 2009
Glen David Gold
Alfred A. Knopf: 576 pp., $26.95
Glen David Gold's massive new novel begins with a trick, a coup, the literary equivalent of sleight of hand. For a writer whose first book, "Carter Beats the Devil" (2001), concerned...
| Aug 26, 2010
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it would present "The Godfather" director-producer Francis Ford Coppola with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and give honorary Oscars to British film...
| Apr 30, 2009
Long before the tiny, talking heads of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" yammered their brainy commentary over well-worn sci-fi films, there was the benshi.
During the heyday of silent films, Japanese audiences flocked to see the latest imports from the...
| Jul 16, 2007
THE road trip is an essential American experience that has inspired books, movies and television programs, including "The Grapes of Wrath," "Route 66" and "Thelma & Louise." More than a decade before the building of the Mother Road — Route 66, which...
| Nov 29, 2006
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Perhaps the only people who brag more about their illustrious alumni than Ivy Leaguers are the deans of film schools.
At USC, the names dropped are Robert Zemeckis, Jay Roach, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. UCLA proudly lists Francis Ford Coppola, Gore...
| Feb 14, 2009
It's St. Valentine's Day, and somewhere love is for sale, though not on sale. For centuries the wealthy have lured the sexy and beautiful with jewels, cigars, fine wines and racing cars. Kate Spade bags, David Yurman rubies, Rolex watches or a Swiss...
| May 22, 2008
At the end of an impressive if murky reflecting pool in the middle of a lawn so verdant it seems out of place, the original Hollywood swashbuckler, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., lies buried in one of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery's most ostentatious mausoleums....
| Oct 4, 2008
Whenever I walk into a hospital emergency room, I still look for Nurse Hathaway -- the one who goes the extra mile for her patients, even when someone who looks like George Clooney is distracting her at the moment.
Actress Julianna Margulies may have...
| May 27, 2007
NEVERDIE made a bundle from selling off his spaceships. A cool $19,000 for the pair.
That's real live Federal Reserve-backed American dollars, hear? Nineteen thousand of them.
Problem is, nowadays when he needs to get up to his asteroid, he has to...
| Sep 8, 2008
There are celebrities so well-known that they need to use only one name. The housing equivalent is Pickfair, the Beverly Hills Georgian manor whose name instantly summons images of old Hollywood and the days of glamour and opulence.
Pickfair has been...