| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:18 PM
For Marcella Hazan, Italian food wasn't spaghetti and meatballs or pizza buried in cheese, and, in fact, never really existed as a simple meal on a red-checked tablecloth. The food of her native land was really the food of individual regions that...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:30 PM
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars each year.
Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:00 AM
For most Oscar viewers, the red carpet is little more than a fluffy delight — a few hours filled with insanely expensive dresses, over-caffeinated commentators and false modesty.
But for Joe Lewis, whose job is to make sure the red carpet is ready...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The line snakes around the boxes of pasta, around the cartons of Italian cookies and all the way out to the sidewalk. Hungry patrons lean against stacks of imported canned tomatoes, standing on tiptoe to peer over the shelves for a glimpse at the...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TORONTO — Catching up with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Toronto International Film Festival is a bit of a sprint.
He's here with a cluster bomb of rich performances in three prestige films: an Internet rebel in "The Fifth Estate," a plantation...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:36 AM
I love it when somebody takes really ordinary, everyday things and breaks them down for meaning and insight. Yeah, I know it's geeky.
That's why I'm so interested in this study from UCLA researchers who invaded the homes of 32 two-income, middle-class...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Lobster shell disease -- a nasty business that can cause the shell to discolor or rot off completely -- has affected the southern New England lobster industry and reportedly is on the move.
The disease turns the color of the lobster shells from their...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:08 PM
There is a whole spectrum of “off flavors” that can plague beer, but there is one flaw that is so common many people feel that it’s an intentional flavor in certain brands -- especially a particular brand of Mexican lager. Beer with...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:03 PM
My robot is old school: Wind him up and he lurches across the desk, orange tin arms swinging, red tin boots shuffling, black tin eyes deep in concentration. And though he makes excellent company, I'm glad I didn't invite him to the robotics competition....
| Oct 17, 2013
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Oreo cookies were found to be as addictive as cocaine in a recent study. Our bodies are wired to like sugary, fatty foods, but it's not a habit that can't be kicked, according to New York City Dr. Timothy...