| Aug 4, 2008
Great actors, even those who have been blessed with longevity, often bear a tragic mark. It's not just the ups and downs of stardom that can make for a cruel career. Rough inner seas are typically the very reason someone seeks to be among what William...
| May 10, 2009
As an original cast member of " Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage," Josef Brown is no stranger to receiving what he calls an "ecstatic reaction" from theatergoers. Even if that reaction is, in effect, a borderline hysterical outpouring of...
| Jul 16, 2008
| 5:56 PM
The stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience...
| Jul 17, 2010
A gated Mediterranean owned by actor Pierce Brosnan, who was the fifth James Bond in the long-running film series, has come on the market in Malibu at $3.9 million.
Designed as an artist's retreat, the two-story beach house includes a separate space that...
| Feb 24, 2009
Howard Zieff, a top advertising print photographer and TV commercial director in the 1960s and early '70s before tapping his flair for comedy as the director of movies including "Private Benjamin," "Hearts of the West" and "My Girl," has died. He was 81....
| Mar 24, 2009
Did ABBA ever make a bad record? For fans of the Swedish group's nearly two dozen U.S. hits, including ear candy like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," it's probably hard to imagine anything not being close to irresistible.
Sure enough: a new, nine-disc...
| Apr 5, 2009
The hair-metal jukebox musical " Rock of Ages" was born about a mile from its mythicalized Sunset Strip setting, at what writer Chris D'Arienzo calls "the actor's Coffee Bean" at the intersection of Sunset and Fairfax.
That's where he first met with...
| Jan 7, 2009
If you're an actress, keep in mind that when it comes to getting nominated for an Oscar it doesn't hurt if your name is Kate.
Kate Hepburn managed to do it 12 times, winning a record four as leading actress, more than any other actor.
By age 32, Kate...
| Jan 3, 2009
A few final thoughts about the holidays, and then we'll move on.
Silent night? Where? I'm still waiting.
We stayed up well past midnight Christmas Eve playing Scrabble. It was loud and hyper-competitive, just what I look for in a holiday like Christmas....
| Feb 23, 2009
Somewhere in New York, a huge weight has been lifted from David Letterman's shoulders. As Sunday night's Academy Awards began, Hugh Jackman's opening number (pardon me, but did he sing the words "pubic hair"? At the Oscars?) has surely obliterated all...
| Apr 12, 2010
| 6:30 AM
It doesn't take much to send the children of the 1980s into a bacchanalian frenzy. Based on the truly chaotic party scene inside the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Thursday night, you really don't need anything more than to hire a killer rock band, stick some...