| Aug 6, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." -- Dorothy Parker
I have written over and over and even did a documentary extolling the talents of the greatest paparazzo of them all, my longtime friend Ron Galella. Ron was chief of...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The kitsch factor was high, but "Hair" proved to be a congenial choice for the Hollywood Bowl, where this counterculture classic from the late 1960s breezed in for three performances this past weekend on a cloud of marijuana smoke.
Now, the friendly...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
He stands in black boots and black coat, phone at his ear, as if conspiring with a distant demon. He beckons in a rooftop cafe and hangs up. The Hollywood Hills, which he has known since childhood, rise tidy and neat; houses shine, pools glimmer. But to...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The subtitle of "Twee" (It Books: 354 pp, $16.99 paper), Marc Spitz's new cultural history, says it all: "The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film." How we so "gently" arrived here, however, needs an explanation. In Spitz's...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The connections are endlessly surprising, those that Bobby Womack forged during a 60-year career that transcended genre, border and race. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and longtime Los Angeles resident, who died Friday at age 70, was the center of a...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 10:09 AM
The highly touted Monty Python reunion show that kicks off performances this week in London will also be seen in cinemas around the world, the comedy troupe's members announced.
"Monty Python Live" is scheduled to be broadcast from London's O2 Arena...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Rolling Stones lead Mick Jagger poked fun at the Monty Python troupe ahead of their string of performances at the O2 arena in London this week. They're a bunch of "wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money," Jagger remarks in...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Tina Turner has better legs, and Mick Jagger's got more experience electrifying the crowds. Still, when it comes to singing septuagenarians, it's hard to top (what remains of) Monty Python as the Brit comedy troupe's surviving members reunite for a...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Junkie life is as chicly miserable as its most vapid chroniclers have always had us believe in "Asthma," a feature directorial debut from actor Jake Hoffman that is sorely in need of its own inhaler. Taking a perversely slow approach to fast living,...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Most oldies shows eventually fall back on obvious jokes about aging, the passage of time and long-passed trends to compensate for their musical shortcomings. And that’s understandable, with diminished talent and audiences who are slowing, as well....
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:18 AM
American singer, songwriter, actor and producer Lionel Richie has "partied all night long," "danced on the ceiling," and provided a host of romantic ballads that are the "go to" songs when talking about falling in and out of love.
He is coming to...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
When a biopic’s subject is widely known as “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” it’s not asking too much for the movie to prove a) That the nickname was warranted, and b) The source of said man’...