| Feb 25, 2014
| 5:02 AM
The curtain-raising scene of Jesus appearing "in ancient upstate New York" is the first little clue that "The Book of Mormon" is not your average Broadway musical. By the time the show ends, every politically incorrect button has been pushed, every...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:49 PM
You've heard a lot about "The Book of Mormon," the winner of nine Tony awards including best musical, now winding up its local premiere at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. How it's raunchy, irreverent, hilarious and — according to the...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon."
And then, the nerves crept in.
The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...
| May 17, 2014
One by one, the sacred cows hit the ground, adroitly tipped over by the best-selling author Steve Berry in his 13th historical novel, "The Lincoln Myth."
Berry, 59, is a Florida-based former attorney and county commissioner turned author whose...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 11:02 AM
"The Book of Mormon" pulled down a whopping $1,493,961 in its first full week of sold-out performances at the Bank of America Theatre, breaking the house record for that Loop venue.
That means "Book of Mormon" raked in more cash than "Jersey Boys"...
| Nov 10, 2012
I wrestle with my demons just like everybody else, addicted as I am to Mariel Hemingway movies and those little "fun-sized" Snickers bars, of which several trillion are floating around in these weeks after Halloween.
Airlift them to Cuba. Put them in...
| Jul 31, 2011
Jonathan Turley is probably not the most popular man right now with supporters of same-sex marriage. The George Washington University law professor has filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's anti-polygamy laws — and his argument is...
| Jun 21, 2012
If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he'll have Harry Reid partly to thank.
The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don't have much in common politically. But they're both members of the Church of Jesus...
| Oct 3, 2012
In the 1990s, he was the world-famous novelist few people officially laid eyes on. Of Salman Rushdie's dozen-plus novels, it was "The Satanic Verses" (1988) that raised a hue and cry and sent him undercover: Its supposedly sacrilegious portrayal of the...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 6:42 PM
NEW YORK — On a walking tour of Times Square, something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious happened. With the guide at my side, I was strolling along the streets without causing any casualties. No banging into clumps of tourists or wiping small...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 1:01 PM
Joyce McKinney in Tabloid
One of the turning points in the life of Joyce McKinney, and there have been several, took place where these things so often do: at a Hard Rock Cafe. McKinney, a blond, chesty and goldfish-eyed Southerner who doesn't so much...