| Jun 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
How does one make a movie about thought?
That was the dilemma noted German director Margarethe von Trotta faced when she began work on her latest film, "Hannah Arendt," which opened June 7.
The biopic reunites Von Trotta with actress Barbara Sukowa,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:12 PM
LONDON — The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when authorities questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit.
But a feeling that something was...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Raymond Rodriguez was 10 years old in 1936 when his immigrant father walked out of the family's Long Beach farmhouse and returned to Mexico, never to see his wife and children again.
The son would spend decades pondering the forces that had driven his...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:18 PM
The Bach Festival Society's 2013-14 season includes the return of favorites Emanuel Ax, Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan; a musical commemoration of Kristallnacht; and the 79th Bach Festival.
The season is divided into three performance series...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Kudos to the Glendale City Council for its persistence in approving the Comfort Women Memorial. There will always be opposition and controversy when victims of a tragedy are memorialized because the perpetrators want to deny or justify their acts. The...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 4:19 PM
It had been just two hours since Damond Williams Sr. heard from his 16-year-old daughter, and he knew something was wrong. The girl was a homebody, a standout student. She was rarely out after dark.
Diamond Williams' family launched a search of their...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 12:35 PM
On a mission to hunt down long-elusive Nazi fugitives, Operation Last Chance was launched in major German cities Tuesday by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The center’s director for Israel, Efraim Zuroff, pronounced the quest to bring...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Actor-producer Lisa Kudrow had two season premieres on different networks this past week — Showtime's "Web Therapy," which goes into its fifth season with Kudrow playing Skyping shrink "without patience" Fiona Wallice, and "Who Do You Think You Are?...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 10:08 PM
There's a popcorn shop in downtown Chicago that generates long tourist lines, and most locals, like me, don't get it. I don't think the popcorn is better than at any other place that puts a little effort into its popcorn, and if your time in Chicago is...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 2:51 PM
A post has been making the rounds recently on social media sites such as Facebook in which a man asks God a series of questions and God answers.
The man starts off by asking, "Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?" He goes on to list several...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless.
As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the...