| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:23 AM
The following is a first-person report originally published in The Times on Dec. 15, 2009, under the headline: A game played for high stakes. The secondary headline read: A reporter remembers when Nelson Mandela united a young nation behind a rugby team....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:00 PM
The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children.
A rare moment is being captured by...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 6:29 PM
By now you’ve read all the recaps of the JFK assassination and all the "who’s the best actor who played Kennedy" blog posts that you ever thought you would.
But JFK movies go beyond those who played the man himself: to wit, Kevin Costner...
| Dec 4, 2013
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place.
Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:16 AM
The hit musical and soon-to-be Clint Eastwood film “Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, four guys from the wrong side of the tracks who overcame incredible odds to become one of the best-selling...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Five of the last seven hosts to stand at the Oscar podium were doing it for the first time. Not so for this year’s choice, Ellen DeGeneres, who emceed movie’s biggest night back in 2007. That offers a chance to read some tea leaves for this...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:56 PM
"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (Shout Factory DVD). One of television's great comedies, collected completely: 20 discs, 147 episodes, immaculately transferred, compactly packaged. I mean to get around to speaking of its virtues at length in some...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Before "Prince Avalanche" was selected for the Sundance Film Festival this year, few people even knew of its existence. This wouldn't be surprising for a debut indie or foreign language import, but the film is written and directed by well-known...
| May 7, 2013
| 1:14 PM
The public artist who planted cutouts of Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry and John Wayne along Highway 2 in the Glendale area has struck again.
On Saturday, while my daughter played Little League baseball at the Glassell Park Rec Center, I noticed a row of...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:33 AM
After the coffee. Before getting into baseball playoff mode.
The Skinny: I'm still trying to get through the second episode of NBC's "The Blacklist." I do like James Spader, but I'm not sold on the show yet. Wednesday's headlines include layoffs at...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:18 PM
A movie producer has sued Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood’s production company, claiming the movie studio and the Oscar-winning filmmaker stole the idea for their 2012 baseball movie “Trouble With the Curve.”
In his 120-page...