| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"HEDDA, I think it's time you just shut the f--k up!"
That was Elizabeth Taylor at the premiere of "The Sandpiper," back in 1965. Hedda was sitting a few seats behind Elizabeth and Richard Burton. Hopper, a rabid "red-baiter" and supporter of Sen. Joe...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Mona Freeman, a film star of the 1940s and '50s who often played the spunky, wholesome girl next door but longed for roles as "wildcats, brazen women, the menacing side of the triangle," has died. She was 87.
Freeman also was a painter; her most...
| May 7, 2014
| 10:30 AM
LONDON -- Entertainment One has picked up international rights to "Trumbo," the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will play Trumbo while Helen Mirren ("The Queen") will co-star as his nemesis Hedda Hopper....
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Dancer Marc Platt was the male lead in the famed dream ballet in "Oklahoma!" on Broadway, choreographed by Agnes de Mille. In film, he was one of the brothers in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," and he had featured parts in several other musicals.
| Mar 15, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood.
"Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series), but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared.
"I turned around, and it was all gone,"...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Meryl Streep is right.
At some point in his storied career, Walt Disney belonged to an anti-Semitic group and surely was sexist -- or a "gender bigot," as she put it Tuesday when she presented a National Board of Review award to Emma Thompson for her...
| Feb 28, 2014
Most of you know Robert Wagner, the actor.
In a career that is now into its seventhdecade, he has been a fixture in films, onstage and on television since his first movie, "The Happy Years," in 1950. Here is a short list of the movies and shows in which...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"THE film, 'Gone with the Wind,' remains (with its receipts adjusted for inflation) the highest-grossing movie of all time," writes keen-eyed Michael's restaurant observer, Diane Clehane on her FishbowlNY site this week.
This statistic comes at a time...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday, was, as Shirley Temple, the biggest child star of them all. In the last two years of her contract with 20th Century Fox in the late 1930s, she was making $250,000 a picture, and she made four movies a year for that...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Joan Fontaine, the coolly beautiful 1940s actress who won an Academy Award for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and who became almost as well-known for her lifelong feud with her famous older sister, Olivia de Havilland, died Sunday. She was 96....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:52 PM
Los Angeles Times columnists Hedda Hopper and comedian Bob Hope entertain troops at Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, only 800 miles from North Pole....
| Nov 16, 2013
| 1:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — Strands of Christmas lights bathed the La Jolla Playhouse stage in a warm golden glow as singing, dancing sister act Violet and Daisy Hilton prepared to leave behind the companionship of friends. The Lizard Man and the Tattooed Lady, the...