| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.
The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Today’s Movie List is the first of two tributes to the 2012 presidential election. The topic is Best Movies About Extremely Rich People. Before all you Mitt Romney or Barack Obama fans start jumping on me, I’ll provide the flip......
| Jul 14, 2012
One day in 1962, the Hollywood legend Darryl F. Zanuck turned to his 27-year-old son, Richard, seeking advice.
Whom, the elder Zanuck asked, should he appoint head of production of 20th Century Fox, which had fallen on hard times and was losing...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 5:34 PM
When Dick Zanuck and I had lunch last month, it would’ve been impossible to imagine that the veteran producer would be gone six weeks later. Zanuck, who was 77 when he died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills, looked at least a decade younger and...
| May 25, 2012
| 4:38 PM
At a recent event at the Cannes Film Festival, actor Norman Lloyd reflected on his life's work and his famous collaborators, including Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir....
| May 16, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Opening Wednesday night with Wes Anderson's oddly endearing “Moonrise Kingdom,” the Cannes Film Festival is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year and marking that milestone by embracing all kinds of opposites: old and young, dramatic...
| May 12, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I began my "Great Old Broad"...
| May 4, 2012
Charles Higham, a poet, critic and prolific celebrity biographer who found political and sexual intrigue in the lives of Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and, most controversially, Errol Flynn, died April 21 at his Los Angeles home. He...
| May 2, 2012
Patricia Medina, a British-born actress whose Hollywood career as a leading lady in the 1950s spanned the talking mule comedy "Francis" and Orson Welles' crime-thriller "Mr. Arkadin," has died. She was 92.
Medina, the widow of actor Joseph Cotten, died...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — It was a dank, rain-sodden Raymond Chandler kind of morning, as if some omnipotent auteur had rung up the studio and ordered a classic film noir sky. Cumulonimbus clouds the color of a snub-nosed revolver hovered with ominous intent,...