| 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...
| Feb 1, 2010
| 4:47 PM
Anne Froelick Taylor, a Hollywood screenwriter who co-wrote the 1950 Joan Crawford drama "Harriet Craig" but whose career was cut short when she was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, has died. She was 96.
Taylor, who received screen credit as Anne...
| 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...
| May 8, 2011
| 5:16 PM
| Feb 20, 2011
Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent-turned-producer who started out at MGM in the 1930s and made an enduring mark on the industry in the 1980s as a tenacious fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. He was 96.
| 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...
| Jul 25, 2010
What Is This Thing Called Love?
St. Martin's: 160 pp., $19.99
"It was cold and raining at four in the morning when Buddy walked out of Caesars Palace, stark naked except for the L.A. Times wrapped around his waist." These sweet,...
| Jul 25, 2010
69 BC to 30 BC
Cleopatra is undoubtedly a clotheshorse. Everyday clothing worn by most women in her time includes underdresses of linen or silk with an over-robe, sometimes of the same material. An outer-cloak, or palla, is worn over both those garments....
| Aug 6, 2010
| 3:33 PM
After my stint with Gallimaufry in the recent production of "Damn Yankees," I can report the following: The foundation of any good musical is underwear. And that goes for the men as well as the women.
We were all pulling on layers of the tightest, most...
| 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...