| Jul 11, 2011
Sam Denoff, an Emmy-winning writer on the classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" who helped create the Marlo Thomas comedy "That Girl," has died. He was 83.
Denoff, who had Alzheimer's disease, died Friday at his home in Brentwood, said his son,...
| Mar 13, 2011
Paris Was Ours
Thirty-two Writers Reflect on the City of Light
Edited by Penelope Rowlands
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 280 pp., $15.95 paper
For centuries Paris has been a magnet for artists, writers, musicians and hangers-on, cultural and...
| Aug 9, 2010
| 9:59 AM
"There has to be a compelling reason these days for someone to decide to pick up a smelly book," says satirist Gary Shteyngart, the 38-year-old author whose novel "Super Sad True Love Story," a dystopian romance, has earned critical raves.
| Dec 5, 2010
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich
Rhapsodomancy Reading Series: Authors Diane Lefer (" California Transit"), poet Robin Ekiss ("The Mansion of Happiness"), author/screenwriter Steve De Jarnatt ("Miracle Mile") and poet Candace...
| Feb 15, 2011
Kenneth Mars, 75, a veteran actor whose most memorable performances were his two collaborations with director Mel Brooks in "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein," died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at his home in Granada Hills.
During a career that...
| Dec 15, 2011
Marvin Saul was a uranium miner who had gone bust when he flipped a coin in the late 1950s to decide where to strike out next from Utah. Heads meant Los Angeles; tails Dallas.
Heads, and generations of future deli-goers on the Westside, won out.
| May 26, 2012
| 8:51 AM
The car: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
The power: 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque from a 1.4-liter, inline, turbocharged four-cylinder engine routing power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
The photos: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 3:07 PM
Comic book fans rejoice!
Sunday night's season finale of "The Walking Dead" on AMC was thrilling on its own, but those viewers who have read the source material — Robert Kirkman's comic book — might have needed an inhaler and an SPU (spare...
| Dec 3, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Few films in movie history — and maybe no other film by a first-time writer-director — proved to be the breakthrough moment for as many talents as a made-in-Baltimore comedy-drama called "Diner."
Viewers still respond to all the people in it,...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 9:00 AM
The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace said Monday that it will stage the British classic "Oliver," the Broadway farce "Boeing-Boeing," the contemporary musical "Next to Normal," the redoubtable "Hello, Dolly!" and the Mel Brooks spoof "Young...
| Sep 13, 2010
| 4:59 PM
WOODLAND HILLS - Harold Gould, best known for his portrayal of a swindler in the 1973 film, "The Sting," died Saturday of prostate cancer at a nursing home in Woodland Hills.
The 86-year-old's acting career spanned half a century and he was nominated for...