| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:05 AM
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered by many as a turning point in the Civil War, the bloody three-day battle marked the highest number of casualties in the four-year conflict. The Union defeat of the Confederate...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Last night's Oscars were like an emotional roller-coaster at a terrible amusement park--beginning wth Seth MacFarlane's as-bad-as-feared monologue, the show rarely rose above painful and hit few peaks. Allow us to relive some of the night's best and worst...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Los Angeles looks lush.
But as often noted, it is actually an arid wasteland where nothing but artifice and self-interest sprouts naturally. That's the cynical, archetypal reading. For instance, two thirds of the way into Nathanael West's cynical,...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 7:42 AM
After the coffee. Before cleaning five days of mail off my desk.
The Skinny: I've been listening to a lot of Jackson Browne lately. Might explain the somber mood. Anyway, back in Los Angeles after five days in D.C. I'll miss family but not the humidity....
| Feb 13, 2013
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I kid you not: Someone in “Saving Lincoln” actually says, “Lincoln, I had been thinkin' ...,” and it's not meant to be funny.
Of course, this is a historical drama in which all of the sets are green...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 8:57 AM
Congressman Joe Courtney recently wrote a letter to director Steven Spielberg insisting that he had made a mistake in his film "Lincoln":
"I was on the edge of my seat during the roll call vote on the ratification of the 13th Amendment outlawing...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:25 PM
This Friday at 4 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner will pay a visit to one of his favorite Chicago haunts.
In the spirit of the movie “Lincoln,” which Kushner wrote and which revels in the...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 5:35 PM
America's fascination with Abraham Lincoln seems nearly limitless--Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is an Oscar favorite, Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book "Team of Rivals," on which Spielberg's film is partly based, remains on the New York Times bestseller...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:39 AM
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?" — and lasts long after Oscar night. That annual ritual takes place Sunday night and will be...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Correction: Although not constitutionally required to do so, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment after its passage. The suggestion in this piece that he did not sign it is incorrect .
With Oscar night a week away, America's newest indoor...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...