| Dec 13, 2008
Van Johnson, who soared to stardom during World War II as MGM's boy-next-door in films such as "A Guy Named Joe" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and became one of the era's top box-office draws, died Friday. He was 92.
Johnson, who was most frequently...
| Nov 1, 2008
Studs Terkel, who made his name listening to ordinary folks talk about their ordinary lives -- and who turned that knack for conversation into a much-honored literary career -- died Friday. He was 96.
Terkel died of old age at his home in Chicago, his...
| Sep 29, 2007
He was a celebrated painter and political agitator who put revolution before art.
She was a twentysomething poet, dazzled by her charismatic suitor, David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the leading Mexican muralists who audaciously combined public art and...
| Sep 13, 2009
Dennis Paul's garden grew out of worry.
It was the mid-1990s. It was just a plot of plain old lawn, surrounded by maybe a 1-foot border of humdrum annuals. "Just a square in the back. A green square," says Paul, a sculptor and figurative-art instructor...
| Dec 5, 2009
Richard Todd, an actor who reenacted his wartime exploits in the 1962 film "The Longest Day" and was Ian Fleming's choice to play James Bond, has died of cancer. He was 90.
Todd, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1949 film "The Hasty Heart"...
| Jun 3, 2009
Cartier is proud to present more than 100 creations which are part of its history in an exhibition titled "Cartier…100 Years of Passion and Free Spirit" which will debut in New York and travel to Los Angeles. The creations are a part of Cartier's history,...
| Mar 1, 2009
A Mind at Peace
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, translated from the Turkish by Erdag Goknar
Archipelago: 448 pp., $25
Istanbul's inhabitants have called it "the city of two continents," part of it lying in Europe and part in Asia, with the waters of the...
| Mar 12, 2009
In the introduction of Cari Beauchamp's crackling page-turner "Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years," this top-flight film historian declares that the father of JFK "saw everything and everyone, from Gloria Swanson to Adolf Hitler, through a...
| Mar 19, 2009
Rin Tin Tin and I are into what we call "extreme romping." Once a week, we head for the back country, where we leap crags and ford rivers -- just like in the movies, except there are no bad guys. Last week, before beginning our trip home, he mentioned...
| Mar 31, 2009
As a studio executive at United Artists, Steven Bach presided over one of the most notorious debacles in movie history -- the making of 1980's "Heaven's Gate" -- an experience he would later write about in what would become a classic in the Hollywood...
| Feb 9, 2003
When the Oscar nominations come out Tuesday, there are bound to be cries of injustice -- and in many cases, those charges will have merit. Can anyone really defend the exclusion from the Oscar nominee list in various years of movies such as "Some Like...