| Oct 4, 2009
Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...
| Dec 10, 2009
How can a good-looking animated feature with a Randy Newman song as kicky as "When We're Human" end up being just sort of ... all right?
Such is "The Princess and the Frog," Disney's first hand-drawn (non-digital) effort since "Home on the Range" five...
| Sep 26, 2010
Little, Brown: 394 pp., $27.99
Los Angeles has much to lament. Our Dodgers, victims of a broken marriage, are the neglected boys of summer. The Trojans are on probation, the Bruins are bad and the NFL has...
| Nov 14, 2010
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short...
| Dec 2, 2010
The trappings of the joyous Christmas season are popping up all over our city. As if by magic colored lights have been appearing in gardens and tracing the roof lines of houses. My grandchildren, as all little children everywhere, are trying to be on...
| Jan 1, 2011
Actress Katey Sagal and her husband, writer-producer Kurt Sutter, have sold their Hollywood Hills compound for $3.77 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.
The 1937 house sits on more than half an acre with mountain and city light views. It has a...
| Jan 26, 2011
Industrial rockers, country songwriting veterans, India's soundtrack guru — the Oscar nominees in the music categories this year are as eclectic as an iPod on shuffle.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, nominated for original score for "The...
| Dec 29, 2009
Is the impending induction of Genesis the beginning of progressive rock getting its long-denied due from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Or is this just tokenism, a one-time exception made because of all the pop hits Genesis scored......