| Mar 24, 2011
| 8:45 AM
When trimming a household budget, premium cable is an easy expense to cut. Hold on to your HBO, though.
Its "Mildred Pierce" miniseries, premiering March 27 and spread out over three Sundays, is worth it.
Kate Winslet turns in a sublime performance as...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 1:09 PM
With acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes directing and Oscar winner Kate Winslet starring as "Mildred Pierce" (8 p.m. March 27, April 3 and 10, HBO; ** out of four), I expected this mini-series based on James M. Cain's 1941 novel to dazzle me.
Instead, I was...
| May 1, 2011
A decade ago, when my wife and I were honeymooning on Italy's Amalfi Coast, we'd talked — maybe even vowed — to return there for our 10th wedding anniversary if we still liked each other. After all, it would be 10 years. That's a pretty big...
| Jan 27, 2011
| 9:58 AM
Oscar month usually has 28 days.
On Turner Classic Movies, though, it always has 31.
The channel again marks the upcoming Academy Awards -- to be broadcast Feb. 27 on ABC -- as the annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival of nominated and winning films starts...
| May 16, 2012
| 7:12 PM
Joan Crawford is alive and well and living in Doug Ba'aser's body. She's there, all right, in the way he raises an overly arched eyebrow. She's there in the way his lips wrinkle in disgust. She's there in the blase all-about-me attitude.
| Nov 25, 2011
| 12:55 PM
Editor's note: While Patrick Caneday takes some time off, we’re running some of his choices for re-publication. This column was first published Aug. 29, 2009.
I was feeling rather morose the other day. Kind of pathetic, lowly, defeated and self-...
| Aug 21, 2011
Technically, this multilevel house in the Los Feliz hills falls into the design category of Greek Revival, but just barely.
"The architecture didn't feel to me like a Greek Revival house in the classic sense," says co-owner Ilene Kurtz-Kretzschmar, who...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:07 PM
The faintest of smiles flickers across Christina Crawford's face at a mention of the 1981 movie "Mommie Dearest," today a campy cult classic.
"I'm sorry that it turned out the way it did," says Crawford, who's 73 but looks 20 years younger. "I think...
| Apr 5, 2008
By Robin Blaetz
Fairly early in her new book about the manufacture of movie stars in Hollywood's classical period, Jeanine Basinger confesses she was an usher in a movie theater for a decade after World War II. This fact, rather than the knowledge...
| Jun 4, 2009
Joan Alexander, a leading radio actress in the 1940s best known for playing Lois Lane, the ace reporter who was constantly being rescued from peril by Superman, died of an intestinal ailment May 21 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was 94.
| Jun 28, 2010
| 4:04 PM
Update: Talk-show host Leeza Gibbons has sold her longtime Hollywood Hills compound for $4,795,000.
Owned in the '40s by actress Joan Crawford, the 11,137-square-foot Mediterranean is set behind gates on more than an acre of landscaped grounds, which...
| Jul 10, 2010
Dr. Phil, as straight-shooting TV host Phil McGraw is best known, and his wife, Robin, have listed their Mediterranean villa in Beverly Hills at $16.5 million.
The couple is selling because they have bought a hillside view home that they've been admiring...