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  • Ty Burr, author of 'Gods Like Us,' discusses the evolution of stardom

    Ty Burr, author of 'Gods Like Us,' discusses the evolution of stardom
    Hollywood makes movies, of course, but just as important — or maybe more so — it makes stars. But as Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr argues in “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame,” the manufacture and maintenance of stars has been neither a smooth process nor one that the studios have always been able to control. In the course of the past century, the stars themselves have exercised an ever-increasing autonomy in the creation of their own images, by means of both their onscreen performances and the conduct of their private lives offscreen. The celebrity news media, whose multitude of platforms now includes the Internet and the cable universe, play an ever more important role. So does the public, whose intense identification with stars has fed a voracious hunger for more and more information about them. 
  • 'Like finding lost Rembrandts'

    'Like finding lost Rembrandts'
    Peter Mullin cracks open the door of a 1935 Voisin Type C25 Aerodyne at the back of the auto museum bearing his name. He points out the intricate details of a vibrant Art Deco interior, restored to its original luster. A small ashtray hangs on the inside...

    In Fort Lauderdale, a star is reborn

    In Fort Lauderdale, a star is reborn
    At the risk of overstatement, I think Valentino — in its new location — is one of the most important restaurants to open in Fort Lauderdale in years. I don't know where to start. But how about its unmarked location in the former Tunnel...

    Romance is spelled d-a-n-c-e

    Romance is spelled d-a-n-c-e
    Mark and Cathy Katz listened intently as “Dancing with the Stars” dance pro Tony Dovolani explained the finer points of executing the Viennese waltz during a group lesson at the recent Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp at the Burbank...

    Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood

    Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood
    Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op — they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this...