| May 24, 2012
| 9:52 AM
The theatrical expression to "break a leg" is a frequently used backstage salute that means "good luck." For Michael McKean, the "Spinal Tap" actor who was recently appearing in the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," the idiom became literal...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 8:07 PM
The lead actor categories at the Tony Awards saw a pair of upsets, with James Corden of "One Man, Two Guvnors" and Steve Kazee of "Once" taking home the prizes.
Corden won for lead actor in a play for the British comedy import "One Man, Two Guvnors,"...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 12:13 PM
Back in the Jurassic Age before Twitter, celebrities used to settle scores in public by writing letters to newspapers. One of the liveliest dust-ups in memory took place in the pages of the L.A. Times between actor Charlton Heston and Gore Vidal, the...
| Apr 2, 2006
| 2:44 PM
You hear Gore Vidal long before you see him, the steady tap-swish-tap of foot and cane on an upstairs landing in his sunny Spanish Colonial house in the Hollywood Hills; then there's the slow whir of a mechanical chairlift carrying the novelist-essayist-...
| Aug 5, 2012
In March 2003, as U.S. forces were pouring into Iraq, I interviewed Gore Vidal at his elegant home in the Hollywood Hills. The conflict's opening days hadn't gone quite as smoothly as some Pentagon planners had anticipated, and Vidal, a self-described...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 8:40 AM
George Plimpton spent a lifetime stepping into other people's shoes. It's only fitting that he's finally talking about what it was like to walk in his own.
That this is possible, 10 years after his death in 2003 when Plimpton was a robust 76, is due...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:15 AM
When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen.
"It's not your...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 10:36 AM
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times...