| Jul 29, 2012
| 6:35 PM
"The Producers" returned to Los Angeles for three performances this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. And during the curtain call at Friday's opening, Mel Brooks, who wrote the giddy score and co-wrote the zany book with Thomas Meehan, came onstage to...
| Aug 2, 2012
Character actor appeared regularly on 'Columbo'
John Finnegan, 85, a character actor who portrayed a scout in the 1984 baseball film "The Natural" and regularly appeared on television's "Columbo," died Sunday at his Palm Desert home from...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 7:01 AM
One of Broadway's more consistent box-office draws, Nathan Lane will return this season in a new play by Douglas Carter Beane. The two-time Tony Award-winning actor will lend his magical ticket-selling powers to "The Nance," which is scheduled to open...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 6:00 AM
When Beverly Hills attorney John J. Merrick was elected judge of the Malibu Judicial District in 1964, it was considered only a part-time job: The population of the area stretching from the ocean to Calabasas didn't warrant a full-time municipal judge....
| Aug 12, 2012
| 12:41 PM
David Rakoff, a humorist whose cynical outlook on life and culture earned him the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor, died Thursday in New York City after a long illness. He was 47.
The statement from Doubleday and Anchor Books announcing his death...
| Aug 15, 2012
Irving Fein was a veteran Hollywood studio publicist when he began his 28-year association with Jack Benny in 1947, first as the popular radio comedian's publicity and advertising director.
One of Fein's successful ideas was to promote Benny's new...
| Oct 30, 2012
Alan Kirschenbaum, 51, a television producer and comedy writer who worked on such shows as "Raising Hope," "My Name is Earl" and "Yes, Dear," which he co-created, was found dead Friday at his Burbank home.
Early reports indicate he may have committed...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 7:50 PM
Sitcom favorites Shelley Long and Cindy Williams get to strut their comedic stuff together for the first time in the Hallmark Movie Channel's new film, "Strawberry Summer," which airs at 8 p.m. Saturday. Both stars say they are surprised it took them this...
| May 26, 2012
| 9:42 PM
Marty Ross trudged toward the front of the restaurant, one deliberate pace at a time. A maze of tightly packed tables and chairs stood between him and the stage, demanding careful navigation from the 72-year-old. So when he finally arrived at the...
| Apr 18, 2012
Paul Bogart, an Emmy Award-winning director who launched his career during the days of live television in New York and later was a prolific director on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," has died. He was 92.
Bogart died of age-related...
| Mar 10, 2012
First of all, it's very loud. Loud enough to trigger menopause in mice. And the audience has this look, the same facial cha-cha you see in the third period of epic hockey games, when the fans' eyes start to suds up from too much beer.
In this case, it'...