| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Hollywood makes movies, of course, but just as important — or maybe more so — it makes stars. But as Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr argues in “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame,” the manufacture and maintenance of...
| Mar 2, 2013
Peter Mullin cracks open the door of a 1935 Voisin Type C25 Aerodyne at the back of the auto museum bearing his name. He points out the intricate details of a vibrant Art Deco interior, restored to its original luster.
A small ashtray hangs on the inside...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 6:47 AM
At the risk of overstatement, I think Valentino — in its new location — is one of the most important restaurants to open in Fort Lauderdale in years.
I don't know where to start. But how about its unmarked location in the former Tunnel...
| Jan 29, 2012
The ancient story of Samson and Delilah shows how important a man's hairstyle can be. The tale has inspired sculptors, composers and screenwriters, and Samson's long locks are part of a long list of classic men's hairstyles. What follows is a look at...
| Dec 25, 2011
Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op — they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 4:29 PM
Entering the Charlie Chaplin cottage, I stooped to avoid hitting my head. At 5 feet 8, I'm about 3 inches taller than Chaplin. (It's said the Little Tramp had the door made small so his guests would have to bow as they entered.)
I was at the Charlie,...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Western Costume Co., which turns 100 this year, works with the different branches of the U.S. military to make sure uniforms -- including camouflage patterns -- are accurate for films and television shows. For the recent "Battleship" movie, for example,...
| Jun 17, 2012
To the casual passerby, there's nothing remarkable about the 120,000-square-foot former printing plant fronting a sun-baked stretch of Vanowen Street in North Hollywood. There's nothing to indicate that, just beyond the double doors, gangsters are earning...
| Oct 27, 2010
Steve Goldstein knows where all the famous bodies are buried.
By day, he's a businessman who owns a payroll service. But in his off hours, he's one of Hollywood's best-known grave hunters. Author of "LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P" and...
| Nov 7, 2010
30,000 BC: Stone Age man begins using sharpened flint and seashells to scrape the hair from his body, inventing the morning shave.
1150 BC: Biblical hero Samson, whose feats of strength allegedly included slaying an entire army with the jawbone of an...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Turner Classic Movies has unveiled a list of the 10 most influential silent films....
| Feb 2, 2012
| 4:41 PM
Matinee idols with the mojo to get the girl and break the box office—vote for the greatest, tell us if we missed any...