| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:15 PM
James Gandolfini, 51, who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome, Italy.
The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:50 PM
"Far out isn't far enough" is the way the once-banned children's book illustrator/writer Tomi Ungerer describes his belief that creativity should have no limits, should face no boundaries.
That line in the sand gives the brash new documentary on the...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Google.com is the most visited online front door in the United States. According to Alexa, a longtime Internet statistics firm, it is also the second most visited home page in the world behind Facebook.com; roughly 40 percent of...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The Aquabats are a band from Southern California who dress as superheroes and are also the stars of their own television series. In "The Aquabats! Super Show!," which airs Saturday mornings on the Hub, they travel about in their Battle Tram to play...
| Jun 7, 2013
During a 2003 "Fresh Air" interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Maurice Sendak, the much-praised children's book artist responsible for "Where the Wild Things Are," admitted that he never created picture books with children in mind. "I've convinced myself...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Daytime at the Roxy nightclub on Sunset Boulevard is like being on a Disneyland ride when the lights go on and the carefully constructed illusion is exposed. It's the slightly surreal setting for James Gandolfini to talk about his recent collaboration...
| May 8, 2013
| 10:00 AM
A trio of splashy, late entries to the Los Angeles Film Festival were announced Wednesday: the mega-budget summer movies “Man of Steel” and “Monsters University,” as well as an in-person discussion with indie auteur Spike Jonze...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 6:39 PM
The first touring exhibition of Maurice Sendak's illustrations since his death at 83 last May is making its debut at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It's called "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons," but a more apt title might have been...
| Jul 16, 2012
RIP Donald Sobol, author of the Encyclopedia Brown series....
| May 8, 2012
| 6:31 AM
Sad new: Children's author Maurice Sendak is dead at the age of 83.
Here is an interview I did with the fascinating artist at his Ridgefield home in 2006 in advance of the children's opera in which he collaborated, "Brundibar.":
By FRANK RIZZO
| May 9, 2012
He had already been proclaimed "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine when Maurice Sendak, then in his 30s, wrote and illustrated "Where the Wild Things Are," a dark fantasy that became one of the 10 bestselling children's books of all time....