| Aug 27, 2008
" Traitor" asks a question that can only be answered by that cruel mistress, the marketplace: How much moral ambiguity and narrative intricacy will an audience handle in the realm of a terrorism-themed contemporary thriller? Enough, I hope, to respond...
| Feb 4, 2010
Iconoclastic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, hot off earning Oscar nominations Tuesday for best director and original screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds," will discuss his career with Variety critic Todd McCarthy on Monday at the American Cinematheque's...
| Mar 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession.
"I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire.
The Oscar-winning 1942...
| Jun 18, 2008
A1991 photograph by John Humble shows Selma Avenue at Vine Street as a jumbled, architecturally constructed Hollywood landscape of office buildings, stores, asphalt and advertising billboards. Dominating the center is Angelyne, the cosmetically...
| Sep 13, 2006
As my friends and I walk toward the entrance of the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills — yes, it really is off an alley — two couples push open the door, still deep in conversation. They're chatting about the grandchildren, about the last...
| Nov 12, 2008
Joe Hyams, a former Hollywood columnist and bestselling author of books ranging from biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean to a popular tome on Eastern philosophy, has died. He was 85.
Hyams, a longtime Los Angeles resident who moved to Penrose,...
| Mar 9, 2009
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Jimmy Boyd, a singer best known for recording the Christmas novelty hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1952 when he was 13, died Saturday. He was 70.
Boyd, who also was a child actor, died of cancer at a Santa Monica convalescent...
| Mar 17, 2009
Coy Watson Jr., who was the eldest in a family of nine child actors and whose book "The Keystone Kid," recounted a silent-film career that began in 1913, has died. He was 96.
FOR THE RECORD:
Coy Watson Jr. obituary: The obituary...
| Mar 17, 2009
Millard Kaufman, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Bad Day at Black Rock" and the co-creator of Mr. Magoo who waited until he was 90 to become a first-time novelist, has died. He was 92.
Kaufman died of heart failure Saturday, two days after his...
| Dec 13, 2008
Van Johnson, who soared to stardom during World War II as MGM's boy-next-door in films such as "A Guy Named Joe" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and became one of the era's top box-office draws, died Friday. He was 92.
Johnson, who was most frequently...
| Aug 15, 2009
James C. Marsters, a Pasadena orthodontist who with two other deaf men co-developed a teletypewriter in the 1960s that opened up phone use -- and the wider world -- to the deaf, has died. He was 85.
Marsters, who was the last survivor of the trio of...
| Oct 21, 2007
ACTRESS Irene Dunne, who starred opposite the likes of Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, lived for more than 40 years in a French colonial-style house on the site of this estate in Holmby Hills.
After Dunne died at age 88 in 1990, her Paul Williams-...