| Dec 20, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Philip Glass, who turned 76 the last day of January, held a large sway over opera and music during 2013. Walt Disney, who died 47 years ago this month, held his own sway over classical music and opera. One sway, moreover, led to and importantly...
| 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....
| 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,...
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 12:00 PM
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Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:03 AM
If you ever watched Disney's 1998 romantic comedy "The Parent Trap," then you most likely saw Erin Mackey — but you would have had no way of knowing that it was her.
Such is the life of an acting and photo double.
Only the back of her head or...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The Academy got it right with its first-ever Oscar concert featuring live performances of this year's nominated musical scores and songs.
Thursday's show at UCLA's Royce Hall was a textbook model of how film music should be presented in concert: single-...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The Paramount Theatre will stage a series of big-name musicals during its 2014-15 season, the historic venue announced Friday, including "Cats" (Sept. 10-Oct. 12), "Mary Poppins" (Nov. 26-Jan. 4), "The Who's Tommy" (Jan. 14-Feb. 15, 2015) and "Les...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 1:13 PM
The event: Opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre for “Harmony,” a musical by Barry Manilow and longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman about the Comedian Harmonists, a real-life troupe of musicians who became world-famous entertainers in pre-World...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 7:25 AM
"Mary Poppins" is a screen classic, but Walt Disney’s dealings with novelist P.L. Travers in getting the movie rights to the story weren’t nearly as genial.
This enjoyable behind-the-scenes story draws fine performances from Tom Hanks as...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:30 PM
The magic-carpet ride is magical. The Cave of Wonders is wonderful. And yes, you'll hear the tunes you loved in the 1992 movie. But the notion that "Disney Aladdin" somehow resurrects the spirit of the late Howard Ashman, who had the original...
| 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...