| Feb 29, 2012
| 12:33 PM
When he was 4, Jonathan Kite, who plays lewd short-order cook Oleg on CBS' "2 Broke Girls," did his first impression.
His dad was a movie buff, so Kite impersonated Peter Lorre. By the time Kite was 8, he had expanded his repertoire. His mom would take...
| Jul 14, 2012
| 1:00 PM
On the surface, Cate Blanchett would seem to be the least Chekhovian human being on the planet. No idle longing for Moscow for this international stage and screen star, whose frequent flier mileage must have broken the million mark since she and her...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 4:09 PM
When you're a young British actor starring in two hit series at once, even a visit to the U.S. isn't all down time. Eugene Simon wrapped up his 22-day stay Wednesday, but not before a round of phone interviews earlier in the week.
| Jun 20, 2010
— Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has always yearned to burst into song. The 1964 novel features a healthy serving of Oompa-Loompa verse ditties, and both of its film adaptations boast numbers by notable songwriters: Anthony...
| Jan 17, 2010
With the battle over California's Proposition 8 in the headlines this week, it's worth taking a look at children's novels that consider the subject of gender and sexual diversity.
The 13-year-old narrator of Jacqueline Woodson's "From the Notebooks of...
| Nov 22, 2009
Children's books translated or imported from other parts of the globe can be, well, a bit odd. Even the beloved Roald Dahl, a widely recognized classic in the world of children's literature, can be, for many American readers, an acquired taste -- less...
| May 4, 2008
Playing With the Grown-Ups
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 272 pp., $24
"She does have children, you know," Kitty's magisterial grandfather would tell potential suitors who called looking for Kitty's beautiful mother, Marina. Kitty grew...
| Apr 30, 2009
| 9:06 AM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
THE BARN HOUSE
Joining us in the studio tonight will be Ed Zotti, the editor of the syndicated column The Straight Dope and author of the new book The Barn House , which tells the story of Zotti attempting to rehab his old Chicago...
| Feb 4, 2009
| 10:56 AM
In an age when cartoons are built around pristine computer-generated images and packed with jokes, Henry Selick still makes animation the old fashioned way -- by hand, and scary.
Ben Simon of Animated-Views.com credits Selick as inventor "of a whole sub-...
| Feb 10, 2008
Chocolate? It's not just a candy anymore. It's an experience here, one that comes with the requisite cravings to be satisfied in Vegas style.
A bite into an Ethel M nugget, for instance, releases a flow of bourbon, Scotch or Irish whiskey in what becomes...
| Oct 1, 2009
| 4:32 PM
--Star power: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel arrives in L.A. amid fanfare and a media commotion. --Rocking: Green Day's musical "American Idiot" breaks box-office records at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. --New job: Allison Vulgamore, who recently said she was...
| Oct 2, 2009
| 4:32 PM
-- Family album: Gustavo Dudamel's relatives talk about the conductor's early passion for music. -- Politics as usual: The National Endowment for the Arts' Rocco Landesman responds to attacks by Republican politicians. -- Nixed trip: The New York...