| Apr 4, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Paul Salamunovich, the widely respected choral conductor who led the Los Angeles Master Chorale for 10 years, died on Thursday. He was 86 and was suffering from multiple health complications due to West Nile virus.
Salamunovich served as music...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor and composer Tom Waits was born in Pomona, Calif., on this date in 1949. This birthday guy earned an Oscar nomination for his score of the 1982 film "One from the Heart." He's also won Grammy awards for his albums "Bone Machine" and...
| Oct 20, 2013
A friend writes: “Paranoiacs often project their craziness onto fundamentalism (which they conflate with religion per se) rather than onto capitalism, which is the long-governing force behind fundamentalism.” She is referring to the tendency...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Less about vampires than deals with the devil, "The Impaler" draws not on "Dracula" but the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker's iconic bloodsucker: Vlad III, a vicious 15th century Crusader known for impaling his victims. Seven friends who look...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return.
For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel — Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al....
| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Sure, "Vampire Academy" is an adaptation of a wildly successful YA series chronicling the lives of teenage vampires, but the similarities to "Twilight" stop there.
Aside from dealing with a different vampire mythology, director Mark Waters said the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:11 PM
When I popped in NBC's new drama "Dracula," I wasn't sure if I was watching a remake of Bram Stoker's classic thriller or ABC's nighttime soap "Revenge."
The traditional players from Stoker's book appear in the stylish retread (9 p.m. CT Oct. 25, NBC; 2....
| Dec 29, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula," died Sunday. He was 81.
The composer died in his...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:30 AM
From its earliest days, cinema has borrowed heavily from the world of magic. Illusion, after all, is part of the moviegoing experience — the phrase "the magic of movies" is both literally and figuratively true.
This week the Academy of Motion...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The first Neil Gaiman-authored video game may not have many words from the celebrated fantasy writer. But that's exactly the way […]...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays). A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series,...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
What's the scariest book you read in school? For me, it wasn't "Dracula" by Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" -- it was "Lord of the Flies."
William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" told a dystopic story of schoolboys marooned on a remote,...