| Nov 23, 2013
Any city with as much history as West Hollywood surely has a dark side.
For every Sunset Tower, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard lived, there's a Barney's Beanery, where Janis Joplin had her last drink before returning to her hotel and overdosing....
| Sep 24, 2014
| 7:57 PM
George Sluizer, 82, the Dutch filmmaker who directed River Phoenix's last movie, "Dark Blood," died Saturday "after a long illness," according to organizers of the Netherlands Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:24 PM
No parent wants to imagine his or her child engaging in recreational drug use, but suburban areas are experiencing a noticeable uptick in heroin usage among teenagers. Once deemed a "city drug," heroin is now infiltrating suburban hamlets, where more...
| Aug 10, 2007
VANCOUVER, Canada -- Back then, it didn't seem like a great career move. "I don't think anyone told me that I was crazy," William Gibson recalled last week, sitting on the leafy patio of a Creole restaurant near his home. "But they didn't read science...
| Jun 7, 2009
Rock stars, Jazzers, Pachucos...they may have grown up somewhere else quaint, like Sandusky, Ohio, or Canada, but they made their mark herelived, created and died here. Music is as much a part of the L.A. legacy as film and television. From the bebop...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Dutch director George Sluizer died Saturday in Amsterdam after a long battle with an illness, Dutch media reported on Monday. He was 82.
"Sluizer had been ill for a long time," Dutch public broadcaster the NOS said, quoting relatives. "In 2007, he barely...
| Jul 4, 2010
Smothered in Hugs
Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries
HarperPerennial: 378 pp., $14.99 paper
Critics are shaky cartographers, experimental scientists, evangelical missionaries and psychoanalysts of the artistic id. We forge a...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:20 AM
First published on Oct. 30, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown, and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that...
| Mar 1, 2013
As they filmed a certain pair of Palm Beach Gardens tennis champions for their documentary "Venus and Serena," co-directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major were granted unfettered access to the sisters' private and often-chaotic lives, which included no...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:59 PM
Between his gigs in front of the camera as an actor and increasingly behind the camera as a director, not to mention his writing career and a highly anticipated Comedy Central roast, James Franco will find the time to host a new art-related series for the...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When will James Franco slow down? The prince of perpetual motion continues his blur of activity, starring in movies, writing screenplays, attending classes, unveiling solo art exhibits, posing for Gucci ads and engaging in attention-seeking Instagram...