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Susan King

Writer

Susan King is a former entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times who specialized in Classic Hollywood stories. She also wrote about independent, foreign and studio movies and occasionally TV and theater stories. Born in East Orange, N.J., she received her master's degree in film history and criticism at USC. She worked for 10 years at the L.A. Herald Examiner and came to work at The Times in January 1990. She left in 2016. 

Recent Articles

  • Pleasing reprise of 'Gladiator'

    Introducing the extended edition of his 2000 Oscar-winning epic Gladiator (DreamWorks, $25), director Ridley Scott says this new version is not his director's cut - that was the one released in theaters five years ago. But he thinks the 17 additional minutes woven into the box office hit should...

  • Rocking on 'The Dick Cavett Show'

    During the late '60s and early '70s, late-night TV audiences were divided into two camps: The more conservative and traditional entertainment-oriented gravitated to NBC's The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, and the younger and hipper tuned in and turned on to ABC's The Dick Cavett Show. Ironically,...

  • TV series return on DVD

    Television series are pouring out of studios' vaults for the DVD market -- and the cash flow -- but the majority offer few extras. This week's entrants are no different: A couple have some decent added treats, but most are of the bare-bones variety, such as Universal's set of the first two seasons...

  • Costner charming, engaging in 'Upside'

    Baseball movies have been very good to Kevin Costner. Well, two anyway: 1988's Bull Durham and 1989's Field of Dreams. It is doubtful Costner includes the dreadful 1982 obscurity Chasing Dreams on his resume, and 1999's For Love of the Game did not exactly hit a home run. Although his latest film,...

  • New on DVD

    As Constantine, Keanu Reeves plays a cynical (sound familiar?), chain-smoking antihero who roams dark and gritty Los Angeles (isn't it always?) hunting and eliminating demons who threaten to undo the balance of good and evil and unleash Satan from his realm into this unsuspecting world. Extras on...

  • DVD extras add to Eastwood's Oscar winner

    Clint Eastwood has yet to do a commentary track for a DVD of one his movies, a tradition he doesn't break on the three-disc set of his Academy Award-winning best picture, Million Dollar Baby (Warner Home Video, $30). Still, the extras are as low-key and unfussy as Eastwood's haunting pugilist drama....

  • The Duke's long-awaited film return

    After decades, John Wayne films digitally restored

  • Double releases reveal director Boorman's gifts

    Call it kismet, fate or a clever marketing tool that led to the DVD debuts last week of British director John Boorman's first American film and his latest feature. A former documentary filmmaker, Boorman made the leap to features in 1965 with the well-received musical Having a Wild Weekend (it was...

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