| Apr 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:17 PM
The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season (9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4) have been titled "The Beginning." But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:13 AM
James Wittkamp isn't talking.
Asked what makes Skyline Chili so good, the 27-year employee of the iconic Cincinnati restaurant refused to lift the veil on the concoction's secret recipe.
"It's been rumored for years that one of the secret...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Months after her parents' garage sale, items that reportedly belonged to Casey Anthony have cropped up for sale on the popular "murderabilla" website, serialkillersink.com.
"Casey Anthony... is here," an ad on the home page of the website says. "Own...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Charles Manson's girlfriend can't be too happy about this. She's all like "Charlie and I are going to get married." But Charlie's all like, No, we're not.
Meanwhile, all the single guys on planet Earth are like: "Charles Manson has a girlfriend?!?"...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Just when you thought it wasn't possible to experience the Beatles' work with fresh ears, there arrives a reminder of their power, focus and vocal skill.
As the fantastic website Dangerous Minds pointed out, a trove of a cappela recordings are...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country's most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001's "Sacrificio - Who Betrayed Che...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Charles Manson has been behind bars since 1969, but he's still a hero to budding sociopath Chloe. When the prep-school dropout declares early in the film that her master plan is to become famous, it's clear she's trouble: In the movies, only bad people...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:32 AM
En route to becoming America's preeminent Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim took a few darkly hued detours into the lives of murderously deranged historical characters, probably his best known being "Sweeney Todd."
An even more arresting,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie have teamed with Alcon Television to develop a project for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969.
The project is envisioned as a limited...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:48 PM
SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure.
A dismal record of weak will.
Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Are you afraid of Friday the 13th? Then you may be one of 21 million Americans who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, or a paralyzing fear of Friday the 13th.
Here are 13 more tidbits about Friday the 13th that may convince you to shut the doors and...