| Dec 15, 2009
| 9:32 PM
The Jersey Boys do it. Estelle Parsons does it regularly in "August: Osage County." Practically every actor who's been in a Noel Coward play has done it too. Smoking onstage by performers is a commonplace occurrence that most theater professionals......
| Jan 25, 2010
| 4:32 PM
For much of the early 20th century, playwright-actor-songwriter Noel Coward was a stage icon practically synonymous with the Champagne-sipping upper classes he chronicled with so much wit and heartbreak. Although by the 1950s his star had dimmed, in...
| Nov 17, 2009
Edward Woodward, the British actor who starred in the 1980s detective TV series "The Equalizer" and the movies "Breaker Morant" and "The Wicker Man," has died. He was 79.
Woodward, who had suffered from pneumonia and other illnesses, died Monday in a...
| Jul 21, 2010
Lots of people die ironically nasty deaths in the bucolic English countryside, at least in the popular British TV series "Midsomer Murders" and in many of the much-loved 80-plus mystery novels of Dame Agatha Christie.
We know because we're addicted to...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 8:51 PM
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20.
Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the...
| Apr 1, 2010
| 9:39 AM
It's doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that "Clash of the Titans" is the first film to be made worse by being in 3-D.
Not that this remake of the creaky 1981 original, best remembered for a slumming...
| May 3, 2010
| 1:36 PM
NEW YORK -- Actress Lynn Redgrave has died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, according to her family.
She was 67.
Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children, said Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in...
| Feb 22, 2004
But would the Duchess of Windsor have sported a Queen Mary 2 baseball cap?
That thought ran through my mind as I perused the ship's photo gallery of the grand and gracious era of Cunard ocean liners. There were the Duke and Duchess, who had brought their...
| May 21, 2006
Is Paris Hilton glamorous? She meets all the criteria. She's young, shiny, obscenely rich and reckless. She does precisely as she likes. She's an heiress. Old money! (Mature, anyway.) She is pure, uncompromised artifice. Noel Coward or Preston Sturges...
| 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...
| Apr 13, 2003
It was a cold day in Hell.
Writers wait all their lives for a lead like that.But on a thin ribbon of road in southeastern Michigan, it's a joke worn thin on travelers visiting Hell, a tiny map-dot of a town just north of Chelsea.
Employees of the...
| Jun 2, 2005
The perfectly clipped hedges at Montecito's Val Verde estate still bristle with authority, impossibly long lines of them, not a breach in sight. The 110-year-old camellias haven't stirred from their posts beside a reflecting pool, and the citrus trees are...