| Dec 27, 2008
No sooner can you get out the words "best houses in Southern California" than hands will go up asking what that means, reflecting the subjectivity for compiling such a list. Clearly, there's more than one way to measure the beauty, utility and...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Feb 4, 2009
It's nearly an hour into Woody Allen's golden-hued comedy of desire "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" when Penélope Cruz shows up as Javier Bardem's passionately unhinged ex-wife Maria Elena, a life-is-art-and-vice-versa firecracker. It takes only seconds for...
| Feb 7, 2009
Miles away from the bustle of the Sunset Strip and the glitz of Beverly Hills, there's another place where Hollywood lives: the leafy Brentwood neighborhood of Mandeville Canyon. A ranch once owned by actors Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck is on the...
| Feb 11, 2009
Much of the world seems to have written Africa's problems off as insolvable, and nowadays, if you ask a lot of Americans to name an ongoing tragedy, they'd probably point first to the U.S. economy.
Hollywood's political activists are trying to pitch in...
| Sep 24, 2008
Anyone who doubts, or resents, Hollywood's importance to American politics these days simply needs to watch where the candidates and their surrogates go when the going gets tough. The fact of the matter is that Hollywood is to both parties -- but...
| Oct 13, 2008
Last week, I drove past the 22-acre vacant lot once known as the Ambassador Hotel. As I looked at the rubble of our lost cause, I pulled over, sat back and gave in to a feeling I can only describe as guilt. I thought about my connection to the once-iconic...
| Jul 30, 2008
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Nicknamed "commander-in-sheath," Michelle Obama made Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List for the second year in a row, commended for looking elegant in everything from the $900 purple sheath by Chicago designer Maria Pinto, worn in St. Paul,...
| Jan 2, 2008
AH, to be young and in love on-screen.
Or young and in grief, in guilt, in the family way, in search of life's meaning.
Basically, it's the young part that counts. A preponderance of actors and actresses under the age of 25 have stood out this year at...
| Jan 11, 2008
A man who entered a plea agreement in a case regarding a scheme to extort money from Tom Cruise has received probation.
Marc Lewis Gittleman, 34, received two years' probation and was fined $3,000 for taking part in a scheme to extort $1.3 million in...
| Jan 18, 2008
In the heist comedy "Mad Money" a trio of cleaning ladies loot a Federal Reserve Bank of millions in old bank notes headed for the shredder. They figure nobody will notice.
Much the same thing could be said of this film, which may not be awful enough...