| May 22, 2010
Ronald Gottesman, a retired USC English professor who co-edited the "Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes I and II" published in 1979, died May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from pneumonia, USC announced. He was 77....
| May 14, 2010
The weather's heating up, the days are ticking until the end of the school year, and the kids are getting restless.
Fear not, the Imagination Celebration is in full swing.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the full-county, multiweek collaboration...
| Oct 19, 2011
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer, director and producer of original radio plays for CBS during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and '40s when he was revered as the "poet of the airwaves," has died. He was 101.
Corwin, a journalist, playwright,...
| Apr 18, 2010
Half a century ago, a middle-aged newspaperman with a few obscure books to his name sat down to pursue a pet obsession based on a story that had never sold.
The ensuing 1965 novel -- in which his agent had no confidence -- sagged at first. But within a...
| May 9, 2010
Chicago native John Paul Stevens is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, and at least four people with Chicago ties are in the running. There are Diane Wood and Ann C. Williams, who are federal appeals judges here, plus Merrick Garland, a Washington-...
| Aug 5, 2010
As stone fruits come into the peak of their season, I'm obsessing over Bellinis. For the uninitiated, that would be the Venetian aperitivo of Prosecco with white peach juice. The original was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice (not the...
| Aug 3, 2010
Tom Mankiewicz, a screenwriter and premier script doctor who made his reputation working on such James Bond films as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With the Golden Gun," has died. He was 68.
Mankiewicz, who received a...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 6:00 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband says he does not have any plans to plastinate his wife's body when she dies.
Frederic von Anhalt told reporters in Los Angeles Friday that the report in the German newspaper "Bild" was a pack of lies and said he...
| Nov 1, 2010
| 9:17 PM
HUNTINGTON BEACH — No passersby recognized him, but I didn't find that surprising.
They were too busy hustling to and from the last day of Oktoberfest celebrations at the Old World Village. But a few stopped momentarily to hear the group of five...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 7:30 AM
From the MIchael Sragow Gets Reel blog:
Today the Library of Congress announced 25 more selections for the National Film Registry. The Registry is designed to highlight the American cinema's broad social-cultural significance as well as mark its key...
| Jul 28, 2011
Nicholas Ray faced a roomful of film students. They had come to learn from the director who'd made James Dean an icon in "Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western "Johnny Guitar." Ray began a mock exercise in filming...