| Jul 20, 2010
| 9:32 PM
I love having lunch with Dick Zanuck, since it's hard to find anyone who's had a better perch to watch the unfolding Hollywood history, Son of fabled Fox studio chief Darryl Zanuck and a Fox boss himself--until he was fired......
| Nov 3, 2010
Some years ago, I shared a barber with the late Mel Tormé. It was a small, low-key shop where the talk was usually sports and the music on the radio was always jazz or vocals from the American Songbook.
One morning, Tormé and I found ourselves pausing...
| Dec 22, 2010
Still searching for that perfect gift for your brother-in-law or a persnickety client? Coffee-table books might fit the bill, what with that suitable heft and an undeniable quotient of cool. Here we offer a few last-minute selections for those gaps on...
| Dec 16, 2010
| 3:24 PM
To many hip-hop heads and pop-culture junkies, Todd Boyd is recognized as a renowned speaker, an in-demand television commentator and a critically acclaimed author. However, on the campus of the University of Southern California, he’s better known...
| Jan 26, 2011
— Jeff Bridges, who won the lead actor Oscar last year for "Crazy Heart," is up in the same category for his performance as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit." Only two actors have won Academy Awards in the lead actor category two years in a row —...
| Aug 26, 2010
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it would present "The Godfather" director-producer Francis Ford Coppola with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and give honorary Oscars to British film...
| Nov 6, 2011
Forty-five years ago this week at United Western Recorders, near Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, along with a radio interviewer, were hanging out in a studio with a grand piano, a microphone and a work in progress called...
| Dec 19, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a "Dear Leader" while ruling over an impoverished police state, died at 69, according to North Korean state media.
Kim was believed to have suffered from multiple chronic...
| Aug 15, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Before she became a famously untidy television chef, Julia Child had a secret career as an American spy, winning praise for her attention to detail as she managed the flow of classified communications from remote posts in Ceylon and China...
| Feb 14, 2009
Designer Randolph Duke has dressed so many Hollywood starlets that he actually alphabetizes them on his website, presumably to avoid showing favoritism. And while we have no way of knowing whether his designs are lucky charms come awards season, the...
| Dec 21, 2008
Movies have always influenced style. In 1934 -- when Clark Gable shed his shirt in the Frank Capra comedy "It Happened One Night" to reveal his bare chest -- men's undershirt sales reportedly plummeted. Men didn't suddenly tire of layering. They saw an...