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Neal Gabler is the author of many books, including "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" and "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."TONIGHT'S Oscars will be awarded, most likely, in the usual atmosphere of solemn self-congratulation and decorous chest-thumping. But for all the outward celebration, the truth is that the industry is in a state of ongoing disquiet. It is hardly news...
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TIM CAVANAUGH is assistant editor of the editorial pages.HERE'S A prediction you can take straight to the bank: One day, Fidel Castro will die. Until that time, the watch over the Cuban dictator's long-expiring body continues. This week, it heated up, even without new evidence from el jefe's doctors. On...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTo 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...
Special to The TimesWE 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...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesOn your next trip to Vegas, don't drop a mortgage payment on "proper attire" and on the door charge at one of the casino clubs on the Strip. Who needs to get blinded by the bouncers' flashlights and battered lame by the DJ's sonic sameness? Instead, go...
Special to The TimesYOU could say the often ugly, R-rated brand of hip-hop known as gangsta rap was jump-started by a prank. Dr. Dre, the brilliant record producer, and fellow N.W.A member Eazy-E were motoring through Torrance one afternoon in the late 1980s when Eazy...
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...
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Tucked in the mountains of north-central Utah, the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Jan. 29, is itself a production—the offspring of actor Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and directed by Geoffrey Gilmore. Each year, Gilmore and his...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWASHINGTON -- 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...
Associated PressAlfred 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...
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...
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...
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