| Sep 1, 2010
The Cinecon Classic Film Festival is not for movie softies. It's for hard-core film buffs and historians who don't want to see the usual vintage fare that pops up on Turner Classic Movies or at revival theaters. So if you're looking to see "Casablanca,"...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 8:47 AM
Joaquin Phoenix makes a return appearance to "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday, September 22, and two days later hits the Charles in the controversial documentary "I'm Still Here," which chronicles his attempt to switch from acting to rap....
| May 13, 2010
| 8:49 AM
Several months ago, I was at Universal Studios and thought, "One day I'm going to be bored enough to come out here and survey the stars in the sidewalk."
That day was yesterday, when I went to the Hollywood area of the theme park and took stock. There...
| May 23, 2010
Home Alone With Classic Cinema
W.W. Norton: 416 pp., $18.95
Gary Giddins is well known for his writing about music — he was a Village Voice jazz columnist for three decades, and his books, among them the biography...
| Jan 27, 2009
Taking his media blitz national Monday in New York, hundreds of miles from the start of his impeachment proceedings in Springfield, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued to portray himself as Jimmy Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," an...
| Jul 22, 2010
| 7:34 PM
At Costa Mesa's Vanguard University of Southern California, the upcoming theater season will be marked by one major factor — maturity.
All five plays to be performed at the school's Lyceum Theater in 2010-11 fit quite comfortably into the "oldies"...
| Jul 29, 2010
| 9:14 AM
It isn't all about music, but inevitably, a "Summer Under the Stars" involves some.
The annual Turner Classic Movies festival that presents a different actor's movies each day of the month begins anew Sunday, Aug. 1. This time, the highlighted performers...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 12:44 AM
| Mar 30, 2011
Farley Granger, a handsome young leading man during Hollywood's post-World War II era who was best known for his starring roles in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense thrillers "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," has died. He was 85.
Granger died of natural...
| May 18, 2011
| 4:49 PM
For the final production of its 50th anniversary season, the Westminster Community Theater has chosen a play whose vintage makes WCT look like the new kid on the block.
Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story" first appeared during that brief period of...
| May 23, 2011
Dean Martin didn't have any interest in doing a weekly musical-variety series when NBC approached him in 1965.
"In those days you were either a movie star or a TV star," said his daughter Deana Martin, who is also a singer. "He came home one night and...