| Mar 2, 2012
Early in his career as one of Hollywood's top cinematographers, Bruce Surtees became known for his artful use of low-level, moody lighting in films such as Don Siegel's "The Beguiled" and "Dirty Harry" and Bob Fosse's "Lenny."
Surtees, 74, who received...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 8:00 PM
In Hollywood, any success brings a lot of imitators. So we can imagine this scene taking place right now at one of the big movie studios:
The studio head summons his top flunky into his office. "Flunky," the studio head says, "suspend all our current...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 8:36 AM
Conventional wisdom among television programmers is that nobody is watching on major holidays such as Christmas, and if they are watching, they're probably sick of the holiday hype by the time the day rolls around.
What seems to slip their minds is...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 12:13 PM
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the...
| Apr 2, 2006
| 2:44 PM
You hear Gore Vidal long before you see him, the steady tap-swish-tap of foot and cane on an upstairs landing in his sunny Spanish Colonial house in the Hollywood Hills; then there's the slow whir of a mechanical chairlift carrying the novelist-essayist-...