| Oct 6, 2010
When Marlo Thomas was a teenager, she was always crazy about some boy.
"I couldn't wait to go out on dates," says the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Thomas, who came to fame in 1966 as the struggling actress Ann Marie in the ABC sitcom "That Girl."...
| Oct 3, 2010
Fourteen years after Pete Townshend dismissed the very idea of growing up when he wrote "Hope I die before I get old," a 40-year-old John Lennon sang a very different tune.
"I can hardly wait to see you come of age," he sang in 1980 to his then-5-year-...
| Oct 20, 2010
For the future members of Maroon 5, a moment of clarity came unexpectedly in 1998 in the form of a funky, sultry pop tune on the radio: "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah and Timbaland. It was a revelation for singer-guitarist Adam Levine, who was...
| Oct 13, 2010
There will be a lot of history on display Monday night when the American Cinematheque presents Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the power-mad pharaoh, Rameses — and not just...
| Nov 7, 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $26
Cynthia Ozick's sixth novel, "Foreign Bodies," is a piece of literary sleight of hand: It is modeled on Henry James' 1903 novel, "The Ambassadors," the story of an American...
| Dec 5, 2010
William Morrow: 280 pp., $26.99
Elmore Leonard's latest novel, his 44th, takes him beyond America's shores, way outside the criminal turfs — Detroit, Miami, Hollywood — he more or less owns, deep into...
| Dec 14, 2010
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She wasn't there to hear the news or congratulate her clients, but Ronni Chasen was very much present at Tuesday's Golden Globe nominations.
The veteran publicist and awards consultant, who was slain on Nov. 16, worked on the successful Golden Globe...
| Nov 9, 2010
This summer, programmers at Go Country 105 radio in Los Angeles unveiled a new single called "Country Strong" and asked listeners to guess who was the twangy alto belting out lines about how she's "hard to break, like the ground I grew up on."
| Dec 9, 2010
Think of Christopher Nolan as a man trying to write a novel while the neighbors -- in this case, the rest of the world's population -- won't keep the noise down. The filmmaker doesn't own a cellphone, has no e-mail account and, in recent weeks, he's...
| Jan 29, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller: The legendary songwriting duo will present and sign their recent autobiography, "Hound Dog." Every Picture Tells a Story, 1333 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 6 p.m. Free....
| Feb 1, 2011
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood.
| Nov 21, 2010
High in his ridgeline home, sitting on a porch that feels like a ledge, Gerard Way peered through cigarette smoke and the late-afternoon Pasadena haze as he searched his memory for the moment when his band, My Chemical Romance, shed its skin. "I think,"...