| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
No image I know in the history of Western painting is more brutal than the crucifixion scene in the Isenheim Altarpiece. Its violence would make Quentin Tarantino blush.
When German Renaissance artist Matthias Grünewald first set brush to limewood panel...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:00 PM
For Larry Zanoff, the armorer who lent Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" its firepower, fake blood can be a serious occupational hazard.
"The gun gets splattered with fake blood," he said. "Now it's all gummed up; it doesn't want to work anymore....
| Feb 14, 2013
| 9:30 PM
UC Irvine's dance production based on "The Rite of Spring" may jolt the audience in places, but it won't have nearly the impact that the original did in 1913. And there are several people to blame for that.
Lenny Bruce. Hugh Hefner. The Sex Pistols....
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:44 AM
Michael Chabon's new novel, "Telegraph Avenue," is like a child's bedroom overflowing with '70s pop culture — with used vinyl records and Motown name-dropping and cheesy blaxploitation movies, and set against a backdrop of racial identity in...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 4:26 PM
Shaun Piccinino said he knew he wanted to be involved in film ever since his first stage production when he was 5 years old.
Piccinino, a Huntington Beach resident who never went to film school, has been noted for his visual effects work with productions...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 12:08 AM
Director-producer Tony Scott, who apparently committed suicide Sunday in San Pedro at age 68, left behind a lengthy filmography.
One of the first directors to make the transition from commercials to features, he helmed movies including "Top Gun,”...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 7:03 AM
Da'Vine Joy Randolph says she's been guided by good and powerful spirits.
There were the spirits of the African-American classical singer who inspired her when she was in high school, of an acting mentor who guided her from music to theater when she...
| Mar 10, 2011
Eddie Brandt's obsession with the movies was evident in his North Hollywood home, which he transformed into an indoor-outdoor theater by installing a film projector on a tiny loft with windows and pointing it toward his yard.
Saturday night was movie...
| Jan 5, 2011
Gerry Rafferty, a Scottish singer and songwriter who had pop hits in the 1970s with "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," which years later gained pop culture status after director Quentin Tarantino included it in the soundtrack for his...
| Jun 15, 2012
Richard F. 'Dick' Stolz
Respected CIA operative, official
Richard F. "Dick" Stolz, 86, who joined the CIA in 1950 and became one of the agency's most respected operatives, died Saturday at a hospital in Williamsburg, Va., of complications from a fall,...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:41 PM
Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel.
“I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:32 PM
The Chicago International Film Festival’s annual Summer Gala has presented its career achievement award, the Silver Hugo, to some of the biggest names in Hollywood — including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster and Nicolas Cage...