| 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...
| May 25, 2008
WE think we know Damon Runyon, and we might think we're pretty jaded about him, but a fat new anthology, " 'Guys and Dolls' and Other Writings" (Penguin: 636 pp., $18 paper), introduced by Pete Hamill and edited and annotated by Cornell professor Daniel...
| Nov 16, 2008
When my wife and I and our two small children moved late last year to Glassell Park, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles, we were following a predictable gentrification script. The nearby enclaves of Eagle Rock and Mount Washington were slightly out...
| Apr 9, 2009
Poor first impression
Re “A little too Reaganesque?,” Opinion, April 6
If the Fortune magazine cover photo reflects gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's political instincts and sensibilities, she's a goner.
Former California Gov. Ronald...
| Feb 18, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., son of publishing legends and an influential publisher in his own right, died Saturday in New York of medical complications from a fall in mid-January, according to his wife, Alice. He was 90.
Knopf, known as Pat, was the only...
| May 29, 2009
Marc Rocco, a film writer, director and producer whose credits included "Murder in the First" and "Where the Day Takes You," has died. He was 46.
Rocco's body was found May 1 by a friend at Rocco's home in North Hills, said his wife, Lisa, who was in...
| Oct 14, 2009
Singer had role in 'The Godfather'
Al Martino, the singer who played the role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at his childhood home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 82.
Martino died in Springfield, Pa., publicist Sandy...
| Oct 30, 2009
August Coppola, a former literature professor who was the father of actor Nicolas Cage and brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, has died. He was 75.
Coppola died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, Cage'...
| Aug 23, 2008
To most people, it's just trash: A scrap of dirty blanket visible under some stairs. A glimpse of blue tarp peeking out of a bush. A bag of recyclables parked discreetly behind a concrete column.
But Courtney Kanagi, an outreach worker, has learned how...
| Feb 4, 2009
I've been waiting an entire journalism career to write this next sentence: Marlon Brando slept here.
Arguably the greatest actor of all time once owned and lived in this Sherman Oaks home that is now listed at $2.8 million. The current owner of the...