| Jan 24, 2012
Bingham Ray, the co-founder of October Films, one of the top independent film distribution companies of the 1990s, and a former president of United Artists who was a leading force in independent films for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 57....
| Feb 4, 2012
A New York native of Sicilian heritage, Ben Gazzara was a strongly masculine, subtly menacing screen presence with a gravelly voice that one writer described as "saloon-cured" and another said could strip paint at 50 paces.
The veteran actor, who died...
| Mar 24, 2011
The word had already baffled one contestant when Frank Neuhauser confidently spelled it right — "G-L-A-D-I-O-L-U-S" — to win the first national spelling bee in 1925.
Luck was his ally. Although he had studied for months with his mill-worker...
| Feb 8, 2012
Robert A. Citron, an aerospace engineer and intrepid entrepreneur, whose boyhood fantasy of traveling beyond Earth inspired pioneering ventures to commercialize space, died Jan. 31 at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He was 79.
The cause was complications...
| Mar 1, 2012
Davy Jones was a promising 18-year-old actor from England when he found himself among the guest performers on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964 — the same night about 75 million people tuned in to catch the American debut of the Beatles. Like...
| Dec 9, 2010
Seitan Wellington, it's what's for dinner this holiday season. At least it is if you're vegan, interested in becoming vegan, trying to balance your meat-heavy diet or just hanging around in the Spork Foods kitchen. Founded four years ago by sisters...
| Nov 11, 2010
No sooner had servers set down truck-tire-sized metal platters laden with various Ethiopian stews than the hungry private party of 26 people seated in the back dining room of Culver City's Industry Cafe & Jazz descended into a cutlery-free feeding frenzy....
| Mar 7, 2012
At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1965, Robert and Richard Sherman already had accepted their Oscar for best score for "Mary Poppins" when they returned to the stage to pick up another statuette for best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee."
| Mar 10, 2012
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Frontman for the R&B band Trammps
Jimmy Ellis, 74, the frontman for the Trammps R&B group who belted out the refrain "Burn, baby, burn!" in a 1970s-era disco hit, died Thursday at a nursing home in Rock Hill, S.C., according to the Bass-...
| Oct 21, 2010
It's a story so revolting and so legendary that it has achieved near mythical status. One night in the 1960s, during a particularly heavy bout of drinking, Jim Morrison stood up and urinated on the long wooden bar at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood....
| Oct 19, 2011
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer, director and producer of original radio plays for CBS during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and '40s when he was revered as the "poet of the airwaves," has died. He was 101.
Corwin, a journalist, playwright,...