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Andy Griffith was starring on Broadway in the 1959 musical comedy "Destry Rides Again" when he told his agent that he was ready for a new challenge: He wanted his own television series. His chance came in 1960, when Sheldon Leonard, the producer of...
George Green Lyricist and songwriter George Green, 59, who wrote lyrics for some of John Mellencamp's biggest hits, as well as songs for Barbra Streisand and others, died Sunday in Albuquerque of a rapid-forming lung cancer, his wife, Kathryn, told...
Jacket CopyMonday's auction of fine books, manuscripts and historical photographs at Bonhams & Butterfields begins at 10 a.m. PDT. Among the signature pieces are a world atlas, dating from the late 1500s, with vivid color maps, detailed drawings of the locals......
The Big PictureDavid Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's "The Social Network" has a perfect 100 fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but that's only because the movie review aggregation site hasn't seen Armond White's newly published take-down of the film in the New York......
The Big PictureThere are a million things you can say about "The Social Network," which has easily been one of the most talked-about movies in Hollywood this year. But what has struck me the most about the film is that it is......
The Big PictureIf you've never seen Elia Kazan's riveting 1957 film, "A Face in the Crowd," you should make time soon. It's more timely than ever. The film, written by Budd Schulberg, is about Larry (Lonesome) Rhodes, a hobo turned country singer......
The Big PictureFrom the days of Sam Arkoff and Joseph E. Levine to the modern-day media gamesmanship of Harvey Weinstein and Michael Moore, the movie business has always been full of wily hucksters willing to use any outrageous stunt to get moviegoers......
Culture MonsterIn 1926 Touring Topics (the predecessor to Westways), the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California, was changing directions. The editors shifted gears from a solely automobile-related publication, expanding their focus to regional culture...
Culture MonsterAt the Hollywood Bowl recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave a rare performance of Percy Grainger???s imaginary ballet, ???The Warriors.??? There were, as far as I could tell, no protests from the audience about performing this rambunctious and...
Culture MonsterArthur Millerâs âA View from the Bridge,â starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in a production heading into previews in New York next week, was written in the roiling depths of the Cold War. Director Gregory Mosher, working for the......
Budd Schulberg, who exposed the dark side of American ambition in his acclaimed Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" and won an Academy Award for his screenplay depicting the mob-controlled longshoremen's union in the film classic "On the Waterfront,"...
All these years later, Frances Kroll Ring can still see it, the afternoon she filled out an application at Rusty's Employment Agency on Hollywood Boulevard and drove to Encino to meet a writer who was looking for a secretary. It was April 1939, and she...
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