| Feb 19, 2013
| 5:05 PM
In the 1950s, special-effects pioneer Petro Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre possible — the blockbuster.
He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect" for the 1959 epic...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 8:48 AM
Donatella on "Donatella": Although we weren't even aware that Lady Gaga's upcoming album had a song about Donatella Versace on it (titled "Donatella" nonetheless), Ms. Versace isn't only aware of it, she "approves" of it. At least that's the takeaway from...
| May 13, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?
Yeah, me too.
When I was an 18-year-old college student, in 1963, my buddy Steve and I tried to impress girls at the beach with our English accents. We'd recently appeared in a Shakespearean production on...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling. The Mouse House impresario's protracted courtship of novelist P.L. Travers to secure the film rights to her "Mary Poppins" has all the makings of an irresistible backstage tale, and it's been brought to the screen with...
| Jan 21, 2013
A few highlights Monday night: 1. “The Following,” a much-discussed drama about a serial killer, debuts at 9 on Fox. The show is deeply disturbing, but lead actors Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy give bravura performances. For all the concern...
| May 13, 2013
Free family movies return to Steelstacks in June. Families are invited to enjoy classic family movies under the stars during the free movie series presented by ArtsQuest at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 789 E. First St. The series kicks off with "Mary...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has listed the Brentwood house she owned with her late husband, director and screenwriter Blake Edwards, for $2.649 million.
The traditional-style single-story house features an open plan family room and living room...
| Mar 7, 2012
At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1965, Robert and Richard Sherman already had accepted their Oscar for best score for "Mary Poppins" when they returned to the stage to pick up another statuette for best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee."
| Jul 22, 2011
| 8:18 PM
The Fab Four (Beatles tribute) and Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones tribute) perform at the Pacific Amphitheatre, as part of the O.C. Fair. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www....
| Jul 23, 2011
| 8:45 PM
Duesenberg Luxury Cars
The Lyon Air Museum will be displaying ten Duesenberg automobiles from Gen. William Lyon's collection. The museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, has daily hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and various admission charges....
| Jun 18, 2012
| 1:06 PM
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has sold her house in Brentwood for $2.705 million — more than she was asking.
Andrews owned the traditional-style home with her late husband, director and screenwriter Blake Edwards. Less than a month after...