| Sep 2, 2008
"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals.
"Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first...
| Jun 10, 2009
Tony Curtis, the 1950s matinee idol who developed into an acclaimed actor in such classics as "Some Like It Hot," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "The Defiant Ones," was in a reflective mood recently.
"I'm just a lucky guy," said Curtis over the phone...
| Mar 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession.
"I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire.
The Oscar-winning 1942...
| Apr 25, 2010
When producers first approached Kristin Chenoweth about playing the female lead in the musical "Promises, Promises," she was hesitant and more than a little worried about taking on the role.
One of Broadway's brightest stars, she's best known for her...
| Mar 14, 2010
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When Peter Graves was honored last month at the Ojai Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award, the 83-year-old actor was hoping they would screen Billy Wilder's 1953 classic "Stalag 17" in which he played a Nazi spy placed among American POWs in...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| May 22, 2008
TO MILLIONS, James Stewart was Everyman. To Kelly Stewart, he was just Dad.
"Dad was a very private person," she says, adding that her father never brought his work home with him. But she got her first inkling of his tremendous popularity at age 6,...
| Dec 4, 2008
You now have no excuse not to have seen some of the greatest classics of film. No more mumbling vague generalities in conversations with your cinéaste friends, then scrambling to catch up with the DVDs, because this weekend the American Cinematheque is...
| May 15, 2008
The Jets and the Sharks are getting ready to rumble again, in a new 70-millimeter print of the 1961 Oscar-winning musical "West Side Story," right with Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood, on Friday. The occasion? The UCLA Film & Television Archive's "An...
| Apr 17, 2008
JOHN LASSETER, the award-winning animator and CEO at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has directed two "Toy Story" films, "A Bug's Life" and "Cars." But what counts as his favorite movie of all time?
"Dumbo," the 1941 Disney classic animated...
| Apr 27, 2008
If springtime in Paris isn't going to work for you this year, rent a movie and pretend -- until you can book a flight and go. Here are my Top 10 picks for films that best show off the French capital.
For scenes from these memorable films, go to latimes....
| Apr 27, 2008
New Yorker Kolvenbach, 42, creates what he calls "personal dramas that are some combination of funny and sad," including "Love Song." The festival is presenting a reading of his quirky romance "Goldfish" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
"USUALLY, I don't...