| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"THAT IS a very silly question!"
This was Diahann Carroll responding to the query: "What talent would you most like to have?" in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire for February.
Perhaps the beauteous Miss Carroll feels she has all the talent she can...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Welcome to the 2014 edition of brunch time at the Grammy Awards.
The big concert extravaganza at Staples Center isn't for a few hours yet (5 p.m. Pacific time and tape-delayed until 8 p.m. for the West Coast), but the bulk of the Grammys will be awarded...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Michael Corenblith is grateful for the rolling hills of Simi Valley.
The production designer on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" relied heavily on the 10,000-acre Big Sky Ranch in the Ventura County city to help re-create the childhood home of P.L. Travers,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:30 PM
"Saving Mr. Banks" is the fifth film directed by John Lee Hancock, who began his career as a writer, scripting the 1993 Clint Eastwood film "A Perfect World." His new film travels between Los Angeles in 1961, London at the same time, and flashbacks to P....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Twenty years ago, an experimental show by a team with minimal Broadway experience made the trek to New York after a trial run in Houston.
Pundits expressed doubt about whether the risk would pay off, and when the show finally opened, it got a drubbing...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 12:14 PM
One of the modern icons of moviedom called out one of Hollywood's historic heroes Tuesday, as Meryl Streep delivered a sharp rebuke to Walt Disney for alleged sexist and anti-Semitic views at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Meryl Streep is right.
At some point in his storied career, Walt Disney belonged to an anti-Semitic group and surely was sexist -- or a "gender bigot," as she put it Tuesday when she presented a National Board of Review award to Emma Thompson for her...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Back from a short vacation, your weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. "When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram......
| Jan 8, 2014
| 5:30 AM
"The Sound of Music" has been sweet to Laura Benanti. In 1998 at the age of just 18, she made her Broadway debut as Maria in a revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, but it was her role last month as Maria's rival, the jilted Elsa Schrader, in NBC'...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It may not be factual, but it's truthful.
It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate.
But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:04 PM
Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like.
Which always makes some people not like it.
Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Nearly 40 years ago, this newspaper first began honoring two people each year for exemplary contributions to local theater. On rare occasions, the honorees were a married couple (David and Betsy Paul, Greg and Kysa Cohen), and even rarer were two...