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  • You're kidding, right? 'Caligula' to be remade in 3-D

     
    When I was looking for a photo to run with this post in the L.A. Times photo database, the caption for the above shot of Malcolm McDowell as the perverse Roman emperor Caligula read, " 'Caligula,' with Malcolm McDowell as the ruler, shocked audiences in...
  • Climate change: What would Reagan do?

     
    by Richard Simon Supporters of climate-change legislation are using a surprising figure to promote their cause: Ronald Reagan. Radio ads asking "What would Reagan do?" are airing during the conservative talk shows of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on...
  • Where's Weldon?

    Where's Weldon?
    The poet Weldon Kees was born in Beatrice, Neb., in 1914, though what's best known about him is that on July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in a parking lot on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge....
  • Before Hillary Rodham Clinton, there was Helen Gahagan Douglas

    Before Hillary Rodham Clinton, there was Helen Gahagan Douglas
    BEFORE Lee Atwater became a political hit man and before "Rovian" was written into the nation's campaign lexicon, the campaign against actress Helen Gahagan Douglas symbolized the viciousness of politics by smear. Douglas, a liberal Democrat who ran...
  • 13th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Set for April 26-27 at UCLA

    LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2008 -- Readers, writers and book-lovers of all ages will come together Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th to participate in the highly anticipated 13th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus. "The...
  • Competitors no match for 'South Pacific's' visual sweep

    NEW YORK—The harmonic Seabees warbling "There is Nothing Like a Dame" at the start of Bart Sher's Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" include whites and African-Americans. Nothing unusual there. It took decades, but...
  • 'Catered Affair' brings post-war life to Broadway

    The new Broadway musical "A Catered Affair" is another cinematic adaptation set in the 1950s, but one in which everyone is too terminally depressed to cry. Based on the 1956 Richard Brooks movie "The Catered Affair" (penned by the formidable duo of...
  • STAGE: 'Teen Girl' and other newcomers

    STAGE: 'Teen Girl' and other newcomers
    Playwright Justin Tanner takes an uncharacteristic segue into sweetness in his 1992 coming-of-age play, "Teen Girl," now in revival at the Zephyr. "Girl" is not the acid-etched indictment of soulless suburban life so typical of Tanner but a scrawled...
  • Reviews are in: B'Way cast recordings

    Reviews are in: B'Way cast recordings
    Curious about the changing sound of the Great White Way? Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty weighs in on five noteworthy cast recordings from the year on Broadway -- four from new shows that couldn't be more wildly disparate and one from a classic that'...
  • Elmore Leonard to receive lifetime achievement award from PEN USA

     
    Elmore Leonard will receive PEN USA's lifetime achievement award at a December ceremony, the organization announced today. Leonard is the author of 43 novels; his most recent, "Road Dogs," was an L.A. Times bestseller. His fiction -- with swift prose........
  • The economy's slow, but Actors' Gang says show will go on

     
    Last June, Actors' Gang artistic director Tim Robbins, above, and his colleagues at the Culver City theater company received some paradoxical advice. The world economy was still shaky. Donations to the theater were down. The best short-term strategy for...
  • Gore Vidal: Obama fatigue and dictators

     
    by Mark Silva Gore Vidal, the writer, put his chips on Barack Obama last year. He wants them back. In an interview with the Times of London, the 83-year-old lion of literature calls the American "inexperienced'' in military matters and......