| Mar 1, 2009
Here are some of the dramatic depictions and books that give broader insight into Mary Queen of Scots:
"Mary of Scotland": Katharine Hepburn's 1936 turn at the Scottish queen, with Fredric March as her Bothwell, directed by John Ford.
| Jun 17, 2009
Here's the thing: "The Proposal" may look like a big, fat romantic comedy, but the film's director, Anne Fletcher, has other ideas. Sure, it stars Sandra Bullock, and, yes, she and Ryan Reynolds play feuding co-workers who probably (definitely) wind up...
| Nov 15, 2009
Changing My Mind
The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95
Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...
| Mar 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession.
"I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire.
The Oscar-winning 1942...
| Feb 24, 2010
Movie memorabilia collector Ira Resnick has had the same dream for years.
"You are walking along and you come to a door of an old movie theater that's being torn down," he relates over the phone from his home in New York City. "The door opens and there...
| Feb 4, 2010
Iconoclastic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, hot off earning Oscar nominations Tuesday for best director and original screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds," will discuss his career with Variety critic Todd McCarthy on Monday at the American Cinematheque's...
| Jan 23, 2010
Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as "Guys and Dolls, "Elmer Gantry" and "Spartacus," has died. She...
| Jan 7, 2010
In the introduction to "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," Peter Biskind calls Beatty an "indecently gifted" artist whose work has "enriched the cinema." But that's just foreplay. Here's the first sentence of Chapter 1:
"On a hot summer night,...
| Jun 24, 2004
On this sunny Thursday afternoon, Ramona residents do what they do best — they chat, they chill, they gather around the fountain and commune. Janelle Paradee helps her 3-year-old son, Tristan, blow bubbles, and Rich Johnson watches his dog Mr....
| Apr 27, 1989
Lucille Ball, the leggy showgirl, model and B-grade movie queen whose pumpkin hair and genius for comedy made her an icon of television, died early Wednesday, a week after undergoing emergency heart surgery.
The co-creator and star of " I Love Lucy," a...