| Jun 25, 2007
Many people, while conceding that recreational walking is a convenient, low-tech and effective exercise, complain that it is much too boring to be worthy of their efforts.
As a regular walker around Hollywood and West Hollywood for 25 years, I have found...
| Dec 17, 2007
Dozens of striking film and TV writers are negotiating with venture capitalists to set up companies that would bypass the Hollywood studio system and reach consumers with video entertainment on the Web.
At least seven groups, composed of members of the...
| Dec 17, 2007
Qiu Jirong sits at a mirror in his dressing room, painstakingly applying his theater makeup.
First the white, then firm strokes of gold, black and finally red -- the face paint that will transform him into a colorful fairy-tale character in China's...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 6:50 AM
Plenty of movies have been made about Chicago. Plenty of movies have been shot on Chicago's streets. But the city itself has never been a center of international studio filmmaking, except for one brief golden age that lasted only a decade. That single 10-...
| Feb 17, 2008
Marcos Rojas, a waiter at Mr. Tequila Restaurant, roams the Plaza Viva Tijuana, eager to pour double shots for partying tourists. This downtown gateway used to be crowded with Southern California day-trippers, Midwestern families and busloads of German...
| Aug 25, 2008
FROM THE time he was a schoolboy, John Kobal was in love with Hollywood. He longed to become a part of it, and eventually he did -- by befriending faded movie stars and forgotten photographers, enchanting them with his sincerity and his hungry memory, and...
| Feb 19, 2009
| 5:29 AM
Oreste Lionello, an entertainer and film dubber who was Italy's "voice" of Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and other comic stars, died in a Rome hospital today.
Lionello, 81, was a star in Italy's important entertainment industry of movie dubbing.
| Feb 22, 2009
The Rev. Timothy B. Thomas
Position: Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach
Other job experience: Former associate rector, Trinity Church, New Orleans; associate rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, Md.; assistant rector,...
| Dec 19, 2008
When an actor reaches a summit of unparalleled global popularity, it is probably hard to resist the temptation to play God. Will Smith, in all his humanistic narcissism, continues to erect a gallery of Olympian everymen. The soused superhero of "Hancock"...
| Nov 19, 2008
Do the Golden Globes have anything to teach the Academy Awards? Maybe one thing: How to lighten up.
The Globes, with its two best picture categories, knows that dramas and comedies are almost completely different art forms that can't be judged against...
| May 15, 2009
Patrick McDermott and his wife, Katie, ride their bikes to the lakefront, over to Fellger Park and to softball games at nearby Hamlin Park. They often walk to Roscoe Street to shop the boutiques and grab a sandwich at Costello's. Living in Roscoe...
| May 17, 2009
Glen David Gold
Alfred A. Knopf: 576 pp., $26.95
Glen David Gold's massive new novel begins with a trick, a coup, the literary equivalent of sleight of hand. For a writer whose first book, "Carter Beats the Devil" (2001), concerned...