| Jul 14, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" was originally staged in 1879, but its melodious score and satirical spirit make it seem fresh today. That's why this Victorian-era British operetta works so well at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, where...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Watching the new Blu-ray/DVD set "Chaplin's Mutual Comedies" is a revelation because one can witness a master filmmaker coming of age.
Charlie Chaplin introduced his beloved, baggy-panted Tramp in 1914 while at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios. In the...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 11:53 AM
A dinner and performance that channel Jacques Derrida and a bestiary, a series of sound pieces at Rudolph Schindler's historic home in West Hollywood, and art made from Arabic and Farsi calligraphy. Plus, YouTubing in a parking lot and a book party for...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Perhaps not since Greta Garbo uttered her celebrated first chortle in "Ninotchka" has a film artist's entrance into comedy been quite as unexpected as that of French director Bruno Dumont. A high priest of cine-miserablism drawn to Bressonian tales of...
| May 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"YOU MIGHT say everything that ever happened in pictures, good and bad, happened to Mabel first. She had the first ride, and she paid."
That is from the new book "Mabel and Me: A Novel About the Movies" by Jon Boorstin.
These two sentences, which appear...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 5:13 PM
Concept Los Angeles' one-day slate of runway shows and informal presentations at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake served up designers from across town, across California and across the globe.
But the one thing they had in common was an admiration for...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:28 PM
Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band.
"People sometimes think we are a musical group...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Cinema was just emerging from its infancy when Charlie Chaplin created his comic character the Tramp a century ago. With his bowler hat, baggy pants, endearing little mustache, exaggerated shuffling walk and cane, the Little Tramp was an instant star....
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:30 PM
It's clear from the nominations for its fourth annual awards event, the Guild of Music Supervisors is leaving no stone unturned, having added yet another category (for documentaries), for a total of 14, up from four in its first year. As many as 77...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At the 1960 Academy Awards, all eyes were on Doris Day, lead actress nominee for "Pillow Talk," who glittered in a silvery sheath.
The gown was actually a costume borrowed from Day's next picture, the lush Ross Hunter thriller "Midnight Lace," which...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:30 AM
"American Hustle," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Place Beyond the Pines" claimed the top film kudos Wednesday night at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.
Warner Bros. got the nod for best studio music department on the film side while ABC...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Cinema was in a state of transition 100 years ago. Films and movie audiences were becoming more sophisticated.
On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore this seminal time with "A Century Ago: The Films of 1913" at the...