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  • Norman Lloyd at 100: Hollywood's Living Memory

    The earliest surviving footage of broadcast television in America is a fragment of "The Streets of New York," an adaptation of playwright Dion Boucicault's 19th-century drama, aired by the experimental New York NBC affiliate W2XBS on August 31, 1939. All that now remains of the hour-long program is a silent, 11-minute kinescope, filmed off a TV screen and archived at the Paley Center For Media. And there, in those primitive flickering images, you can catch a glimpse of one of the show's actors: the 24-year-old Norman Lloyd.
  • L.A. Theater Review: 'Ruth Draper's Monologues' Starring Annette Bening

    Chutzpah isn't the first trait you'd associate with the elegant, patrician Ruth Draper (1884-1956), intimate of Shaw and Henry James and creator of precisely observed monodramas on the female types of her era. But to become the toast of two continents she...

    Appreciation: TrailBlazing D.P. Gordon Willis Didn't Suffer Fools Gladly

    With great risk often comes great reward. That's what the filmmakers behind such classics as "Citizen Kane," "The French Connection" and "The Godfather" -- three movies that challenged established modes of lighting, framing and perspective -- learned...

    Comic-Con, Hollywood and the nature of modern fandom

    Comic-Con, Hollywood and the nature of modern fandom
    At the annual Comic-Con International expo, pop-culture fandom is elevated to veritable religious status, and the convention's 130,000-odd attendees have countless ways to worship at the altars of their choosing. Want to dress up as a Stormtrooper? Suit...

    The Morning Fix: 'Puss in Boots' roars! Brian Williams' 2nd job

     
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