| Sep 28, 2011
| 11:07 AM
Thomas Dekker knows that a lot of people who saw him in his last two major projects -- as flamboyant Lance Loud in the HBO film "Cinema Verite" and as a bisexual college student in Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" -- are wondering what the young actor is doing in...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 11:24 AM
She was a glam queen when it still mattered: Marlene Dietrich was born 110 years ago this year and The Criterion in New Haven will be offering a tribute to her in the Movies and Mimosas series each weekend in September, beginning Sept. 3 and 4 at 11:30 a....
| Aug 23, 2011
| 12:13 PM
The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other.
Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
| Dec 4, 2011
Christa Wolf, one of Germany's most celebrated writers for her depictions of life in the former communist East, but who was later damaged by revelations she collaborated with its secret police, has died. She was 82.
Wolf died Thursday in Berlin,...
| Oct 25, 2009
| 4:33 PM
When the Nobel Prize in literature was announced this month, the name "Herta Muller" met much American head-scratching. Muller, an ethnically German Romanian who writes of trials of living under a repressive dictatorship, has a strong reputation in Europe...
| Dec 17, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Forgotten Men As you probably read, film director, Joseph Von Sternberg has sued Fox for $1 million, charging the 1959 version of "The Blue Angel" with May Britt and Curt Jurgens was made without his consent and was inferior to his 1929 version with...
| Dec 3, 2008
Turning to Washington for a lifeline, General Motors Corp. has asked lawmakers for up to $18 billion to stave off collapse, promising in return to slash executive pay and jettison its poorly performing brands.
GM, along with Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler,...
| Aug 17, 2008
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....
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was first published back in 1988 and immediately tagged a "brat pack" novel, causing its author, the then preposterously young Michael Chabon (he was still only in his early 20s) to be spoken of in the same breath as Bret...
| Apr 15, 2008
Jonathan Petropoulos, a scholar-sleuth noted for helping to return art looted by the Nazis to its proper owners, has resigned his post as director of Claremont McKenna College's Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights -- the...
| May 4, 2008
Playing With the Grown-Ups
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 272 pp., $24
"She does have children, you know," Kitty's magisterial grandfather would tell potential suitors who called looking for Kitty's beautiful mother, Marina. Kitty grew...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...