| Sep 1, 2012
| 10:24 AM
John Cage was a leading avant-garde composer for 40 years, but he also made spare watercolors, drawings and prints, plus the occasional painting, especially in the final decades of his life. Infused with the same spirit that characterizes his work as a...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 7:09 AM
There's something about Hedda.
"Hedda Gabler," that is, the titular character in Henrik Ibsen's classic "new woman" tale, the original housewife of Oslo County, the gal who has attitude, aptitude and is one mean shot. The inscrutable character has...
| Jan 14, 2010
Paul Bryant, a South Los Angeles jazz master whose infectious smile and precocious skills in the arts earned him the nickname "The Central Avenue Kid," has died. He was 76.
Bryant died Dec. 4 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a lengthy...
| Dec 18, 2009
Jennifer Jones, the actress who won an Academy Award for her luminous performance in the 1943 film "The Song of Bernadette" and who was married to two legendary men -- producer David O. Selznick and industrialist and art collector Norton Simon -- has...
| May 20, 2010
Hollywood's always had a soft spot for the gooiest of cheese, so long as the end result is piles of cheddar. Witness the 1978 film adaptation of "Grease," a piffle of bogus nostalgia that lit up the box office.
It was Allan Carr who cleared the path...
| Mar 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession.
"I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire.
The Oscar-winning 1942...
| Dec 4, 2008
You now have no excuse not to have seen some of the greatest classics of film. No more mumbling vague generalities in conversations with your cinéaste friends, then scrambling to catch up with the DVDs, because this weekend the American Cinematheque is...
| Jun 24, 2007
EVERY so often, a novel comes along that describes a relationship with such thoroughness that you almost feel better about love. Maybe, just maybe, it's a worthy use of our time alive. Annie Dillard's "The Maytrees" is such a novel. It is also a reservoir...
| Oct 6, 2008
Juliana Hatfield had a knack for penning clever songs with her group the Blake Babies. She was an indie sensation. What her fans didn't know was that Hatfield was battling an eating disorder and depression. With her telling memoir "When I Grow Up" (Wiley,...
| Aug 9, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Patricia Neal, who died Sunday at age 84, is best known for her role in the movie "Hud," for which she won an Oscar for lead actress in 1964. But the star won another important award early in her career......
| Sep 11, 2010
| 4:32 PM
The stars of the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethonette were survivors, research scientists and their supporters; for once, this was one corner of Hollywood -- Sony Picture Studios, to be exact -- where celebs were the supporting cast. The biggest applause...