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  • What 'Boardwalk Empire' really does right: American pop's salad days

     
    I love the golden age of appointment television. I was a lifelong surfer, jumping between cooking shows and "Law and Order" reruns in a vain attempt to avoid being told what probiotic to buy, until our DVR made it possible...
  • Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief

    Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief
    Edie Wasserman, who was the widow of Hollywood powerhouse Lew Wasserman and who was known as a tireless benefactor for charitable causes, especially the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. She was 95. Wasserman died Thursday in Beverly Hills of...

    Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer

    Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer
    Margaret Whiting, a pop singer for television, film, cabaret and Broadway whose recordings of such standards as "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" sold millions of copies in the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 86. Whiting died...

    Back in the '30s and '40s, slots and stickmen ruled Broward

    There was the corrupt sheriff who encouraged gambling houses to flourish, and even held a share in one. Preening gangsters such as Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman, Jimmy "Blue Eyes" Alo and Longy Zwillman strutted about town, pockets filled with ill-gotten...

    'Respect: The Girl-Empowered Musical'

    'Respect: The Girl-Empowered Musical'
    No doubt about it: "Respect," a "Girl Em-Powered Musical" that examines women's roles in American popular music, packs plenty of entertainment value. In the show's West Coast premiere at the El Portal's Forum Theatre, a crack ensemble performs a...