| Dec 2, 2007
By Ed Park
To take a page from last month's column: We learn from John Crowley's "Endless Things," the final book of his "Aegypt" cycle, that "Coleridge had written . . . that 'the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a...
| Jun 12, 2008
| 6:59 PM
June 15, 2008
Not long ago, I found myself seated with a pimp and three high-priced escorts, the kind favored by the former governor of the great state of New York. I was in a lawn chair while the four of them were in a hot tub -- what is the word? --...
| Jan 19, 2010
Paul Mooney recalls the day he became Richard Pryor's shadow partner. It was 1968, and the two young comics were sitting in a Hollywood greasy spoon, with Pryor nursing another hangover, so Mooney lightened the mood with an off-the-cuff, X-rated one-liner...
| Dec 26, 2008
Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.
Kitt, whose saucy rendition of "Santa Baby" became a holiday pop music...
| Oct 29, 2008
Estelle Reiner, 94, a singer, artist and actress known for her cameo role in her son Rob Reiner's 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally," died Saturday, her family announced.
A cause of death was not given for Reiner, who was married to comedian Carl Reiner...
| May 6, 2009
Dom DeLuise, the mirthful, moon-faced comic actor who provided frequent comedic support in television variety shows of the 1960s and '70s and in movies starring Mel Brooks and Burt Reynolds, has died. He was 75.
DeLuise died Monday evening at St. John'...
| May 30, 2008
Harvey Korman, an Emmy-winning comedic actor best known for playing the self-described "luminous second banana" for a decade on television's "The Carol Burnett Show" and for starring in such Mel Brooks films as "Blazing Saddles," has died. He was 81....
| Oct 15, 2009
Daniel Melnick, a producer and former head of production at MGM and Columbia studios who was known for making bold, literate and carefully crafted films that included "Network," "All That Jazz" and "Roxanne," has died. He was 77.
Melnick, who had...
| Sep 12, 2009
Larry Gelbart, the award-winning comedy writer best known for developing the landmark TV series "MASH," co-writing the book for the hit Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and co-writing the classic movie comedy "Tootsie,"...
| Nov 6, 2009
| 5:05 PM
Ex-president of Panama
Manuel Solis, 91, who served as president of Panama during Manuel Noriega's military regime, died of respiratory failure Friday at his home in Panama City, said Mitchell Doens, the secretary general of the...
| Feb 3, 2010
| 9:33 PM
â¢ Steve Pond analyzes the matchup at the Oscars between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" by delving into the numbers of academy members in each of the branches that nominated the movies. "First, weâll start with the categories that nominated one film,...