| Nov 15, 2008
| 8:46 PM
Wind-fueled fires continued to rage out of control tonight in Orange County as emergency personnel struggled to get ahead of erratic leap-frogging flare-ups that were consuming houses and apartments and prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000...
| Dec 7, 2008
They say that timing is everything in comedy. What "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (Twelve: 384 pp., $45) makes clear is what a time and place 20th century America was for the art. In this chock-full-of-photos volume, authors Laurence...
| Dec 13, 2008
Van Johnson, who soared to stardom during World War II as MGM's boy-next-door in films such as "A Guy Named Joe" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and became one of the era's top box-office draws, died Friday. He was 92.
Johnson, who was most frequently...
| Dec 19, 2008
Herbert L. Hutner, the Los Angeles private investment banker and lawyer who chaired the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, has died. He was 99.
Hutner, a resident of Holmby Hills,...
| Feb 8, 2009
Isla Fisher, who stars in "Confessions of a Shopaholic," has a secret of her own: It was all method acting.
"I'm not anti-shopping, but I shop rarely and poorly," says the actress, who's been handed the Herculean task of making a hero out of a woman...
| Oct 14, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Voters have by now memorized Sarah Palin's string of historic firsts on a Republican presidential ticket: first woman, first hockey mom, first moose dresser. Now it turns out the 44-year-old Alaska governor has injected another groundbreaker...
| Oct 19, 2008
AS THE lights dim on the final Los Angeles Fashion Week co-produced by Smashbox Studios and IMG, let's briefly revisit what may be the lasting legacy, as culled from the reviews, critiques, observations and rants the Image staff has been posting to our...
| Nov 7, 2008
Funny doesn't discriminate.
At least, that's the philosophy that prompted Lawrin Goulston Salazar and her husband to launch the Los Angeles Comedy Festival last year. The "all-inclusive" biannual event is a sort of comedy smorgasbord featuring improv,...
| Jun 2, 2008
If for no other reason, family reunions exist to give writers ample material for their stories of dinner-table dysfunctionality. There's nothing inherently wrong with that. Other people's domestic traumas have yielded some of theater's finest...
| Jul 1, 2008
As Southern California's inaugural Festival of New American Musicals winds to a close, some observers and participants are raising this question: How, exactly, does this festival define the word "new"?
The wide-ranging event -- which began May 1 and...
| Nov 8, 2009
Inside a darkened Hollywood warehouse, doe-eyed Adam Scott lay on a bed in his boxers earnestly flicking water droplets out of Jake Szymanski's fleshy belly button -- a stunt everyone agreed would be hilarious in slow motion. As the crew held its breath...