| Jan 27, 2013
Sunday's print column What a great week it had been for Democrats. President Barack Obama delivered a bold, confrontational second inaugural address Monday that underscored numerous popular liberal initiatives. New polling data showed very strong public...
| Feb 28, 2013
Kim Novak stars in the movie acclaimed the greatest of all time, yet she is critical of her contributions to “Vertigo.” “I don't think it's one of my best works, but to have been part of something that has been accepted makes me feel...
| Feb 21, 2013
How will the Oscar vote go Sunday? Academy member Kim Novak, the great star of “Vertigo” and “Picnic,” told me Thursday about her Oscar choices. It's important to remember that Novak was never nominated, even though she is the...
| Mar 13, 2011
| 4:44 PM
A few months back, Salon book critic Laura Miller posted an essay titled “Why must a novel’s characters be likable?” that was spurred by her reading of Jonathan Franzen’s widely heralded and exhaustingly debated novel Freedom,...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 5:36 PM
Dave Prater and his crew began systematically killing the grass at Dodger Stadium this week, and no one from the Dodgers protested.
Prater did so by spreading 5,000 cubic yards of dirt — about 500 dump-truck loads equal to about 1.5 million...
| Mar 6, 2011
Many memoirs, and some of the best, are survival stories, tales told by that supposedly fortunate person who emerged living but not unscarred from the carnage of natural disaster or personal tragedy. Survival comes with a price tag: Not only must the...
| Mar 24, 2011
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| 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...
| Apr 24, 2011
It's spring, and probably the most welcomed of the season's animals is the bunny — specifically, the chocolate bunny. No mass-produced creatures, these bunnies are made and sold by small, independent chocolatiers and chocolate shops. Grab your...
| Nov 8, 2011
Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, and a director and producer whose career included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directing Elvis Presley and creating a landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92....
| 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...