| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:43 AM
When the Academy Awards salute heroes next month on ABC, they can save a whole segment for Shirley Temple.
Her precocious gifts amazed, amused and inspired the country in the 1930s.
Even President Franklin Roosevelt understood her importance....
| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:48 PM
Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last members of the troupe of diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday after a brief illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, said her son, Fred Duccini. She was 95....
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Toto, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Lady Gaga looked to “The Wizard of Oz” for her appearance Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” performing the single wearing a blue and white gingham dress a la Dorothy...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85.
A statement from her family provided to news organizations said she died at home in Woodside, Calif., of...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Puppeteer John Henson, the youngest son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson who performed as the nine-foot-tall ogre Sweetums for many years, died Friday after a heart attack. He was 48.
John Henson was a shareholder in and board member of the Jim...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 2:20 PM
When Judy Garland first slipped her feet into those ruby slippers 75 years ago, it's doubtful that she realized she was helping to create a modern classic that has continued to charm people of all ages ever since.
"The Wizard of Oz" has spawned numerous...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 3:53 PM
At this year's Academy Awards, the red carpet will lead to the yellow brick road as Judy Garland's three children -- Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft -- gather to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of their late mother's beloved film "The Wizard...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 10:57 AM
The foul-mouthed sentient teddy bear and titular star of Seth MacFarlane's hit R-rated comedy "Ted" looks to have a new woman to contend with over the affections of his lifelong pal, played by Mark Wahlberg, in the upcoming sequel "Ted 2."
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:32 PM
After Billie Burke, best known for her portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch in the 1939 version of “The Wizard of Oz," left the Emerald City, she found herself past the yellow brick road of Hollywood and behind the gates of the Rockhaven Sanitarium in...
| Dec 5, 2013
Looking over the Siskel Film Center schedule recently, a little-known film from 1944 called "Christmas Holiday" starring Gene Kelly caught my eye. Hang on. Hang on! Gene Kelly made a Christmas movie? How have I missed this?
"It's one of the oddest...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rose Rodriguez took her seat inside the cavernous former ticketing concourse in Union Station while her husband went to fetch some coffee.
She wasn't waiting for a train but for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Wampler's Ascent," about a...