| Apr 6, 2008
Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson and went on to become an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, has died. He was 84....
| Dec 26, 2008
Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.
Kitt, whose saucy rendition of "Santa Baby" became a holiday pop music...
| Dec 3, 2006
NOIR is the indigenous Los Angeles form: It was created here, it grew up here and from here it spread, not only as a genre but as a way of looking at life, character and fate. As a framing lens, it's now so powerful that it seems not only to be a strategy...
| Sep 23, 2007
More than a quarter century ago, the critic Robert Hughes called the public's response to Modern art "the shock of the new." The role of art was to stimulate ideas, provoke thought, challenge ways of seeing. Today, we are experiencing a different,...
| Aug 16, 2009
Ruth Ford, a onetime member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre who appeared in numerous Broadway plays and in films and television, has died. She was 98.
Ford died Wednesday of age-related complications at her home in New York City, said her lawyer,...
| Aug 25, 2008
FROM THE time he was a schoolboy, John Kobal was in love with Hollywood. He longed to become a part of it, and eventually he did -- by befriending faded movie stars and forgotten photographers, enchanting them with his sincerity and his hungry memory, and...
| Dec 8, 2008
Snobbery and wealth, like love and marriage, don't always go together. The same holds for knowledge and money, as in "He's got more dollars than sense."
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the complex relationships among taste, affluence and...
| Jul 4, 2010
The first thing you notice is the assured bearing and the deep, authoritative voice (this guy did play Morpheus, after all). Then the judicious observations, the strategic dropping of a timely anecdote, the eyes that calmly take your measure, like a...
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2010
James McGrath Morris sees parallels between Gilded Age media baron Joseph Pulitzer's time and ours, pointing out that when Pulitzer (1847-1911) began to shape "yellow journalism," newspapers were going out of business and readers were bemoaning the end of...
| Jan 7, 2010
In the introduction to "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," Peter Biskind calls Beatty an "indecently gifted" artist whose work has "enriched the cinema." But that's just foreplay. Here's the first sentence of Chapter 1:
"On a hot summer night,...