| Sep 28, 2008
Paul Newman, the legendary movie star and irreverent cultural icon who created a model philanthropy fueled by profits from a salad dressing that became nearly as famous as he was, has died. He was 83.
Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Conn.,...
| Nov 12, 2008
Joe Hyams, a former Hollywood columnist and bestselling author of books ranging from biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean to a popular tome on Eastern philosophy, has died. He was 85.
Hyams, a longtime Los Angeles resident who moved to Penrose,...
| May 11, 2008
Anew era is beginning in the career of Frank Sinatra even if the Chairman of the Board isn't here to participate.
The iconic singer died May 14, 1998, and the 10th anniversary is being marked with a flurry of activity, including a new U.S. postage...
| Oct 8, 2007
It was a long fight, but the Cubans have finally conquered this forlorn Andean hamlet, four decades after Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed in the adobe schoolhouse here.
Cuban physicians provide healthcare, Cuban educators oversee literacy classes, and...
| Jun 22, 2008
All for a Few Perfect Waves
The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
HarperEntertainment: 476 pp., $25.95
Miki Dora has been called many things: "Kerouac in board shorts" (the London Times); "a deconstructor of the American...
| Jan 11, 2008
"Let's Get Lost," Bruce Weber's haunting documentary about legendary jazz musician Chet Baker, first came out in 1989 and hasn't been easy to catch since. Now reissued in 35 millimeter, the film looks like a pristine time-capsule -- both of Baker's...
| Jan 23, 2008
Heath Ledger, whose chiseled good looks made him a heartthrob to millions and who won movie fame for playing a tragic homosexual cowboy, was found dead in a Manhattan apartment today, police said.
The body of the Australian actor, who won an Academy...
| Jan 22, 2008
| 5:12 PM
What do the films "There Will Be Blood," "No Country for Old Men" and "Giant" have in common? Parts of all three films were shot in and around this dusty Western railroad town. Back in the 1930s, cattlemen gathered to cut deals in this hotel lobby on...
| Jan 23, 2008
The death of 28-year-old Heath Ledger, hailed as one of the great hopes among his generation of actors, was a brutal shock for Hollywood on Tuesday and grimly ended any hope that the day would be a simple celebration of this year's Oscar nominations.
| Jan 24, 2008
Readers shared their thoughts on the passing of actor Heath Ledger at latimes.com. What follows are excerpts:
Heath was the actor most like James Dean since James Dean. His performance in "Brokeback . . . " will go down in film history as one of the...
| Feb 18, 2008
Idon't know about you, but I'm proud of the fact that the most celebrated symbol of our city isn't a statue that was a gift from the French. I also think it's fitting that it isn't burdened with heavy ideology, profound symbolism or deep meaning. Nobody...