| Aug 22, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The play is more than 400 years old and we all know how it ends, but suddenly William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is back in vogue.
The Scottish tragedy is enticing a number of actors ranging from young to the far side of middle age to play the murderous...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:05 AM
The acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" from the Menier Chocolate Factory will be broadcast to cinemas in the U.S. next month. The musical production will be screened starting Oct. 23 in cinemas across the country....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:43 AM
"The Hollow Crown" (PBS, Fridays). Here is my man Shakespeare back again, and not a moment too soon -- the best man, to steal a line from the writer himself, "either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"The Hollow Crown," which begins Friday on PBS under the venerable standard of its "Great Performances," comprises four Shakespeare plays, often called the Henriad as there is a King Henry (Henry IV, then Henry V) in each of them.
It's too much to say...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 11:41 AM
Lily James, who plays Lady Rose MacClare in "Downton Abbey," will take the lead role once rumored for Emma Watson in "Cinderella," the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday.
The 24-year-old English actress, whose film credits include "Wrath of the Titans"...
| May 10, 2013
| 7:01 AM
After a trip to Amsterdam in the summer of 2008, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed brought back a curious souvenir: a three-disc Dutch edition of Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flute,” which he’d spotted in a remote record-store window....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 1:35 PM
The death of a major creative figure is always a strange moment in Hollywood. It’s a time when, as with the passing of Tom Clancy on Tuesday, the legacy of that creator is remembered and lauded, as it should be. But it’s also a time when more...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:01 AM
"What the hell is going on here?" Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) asks in the new trailer for the latest Tom Clancy-inspired movie, "Jack Ryan: Shadow One," which opens Christmas Day.
Judging from the preview, director Kenneth Branagh ("Thor") and...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre.
Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:26 PM
There’s been more movement on the upcoming film schedule than at a Pixar weekend matinee. On Thursday, several movies — including George Clooney’s “Monuments Men,” David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and...
| May 31, 2013
| 12:00 PM
When architect Kai Cole began designing her Mediterranean-style Santa Monica home, she weighed all the usual concerns — space, light, flow — along with one quite specific to her family's needs: where to hold the Shakespeare readings.