| Jan 14, 2009
Like everybody else these days, politically engaged Hollywood -- and particularly its younger activists -- is in a back-to-basics mood.
That's why David Arquette called together a group of actors, musicians, artists, even some athletes, recently at the...
| Feb 11, 2009
Much of the world seems to have written Africa's problems off as insolvable, and nowadays, if you ask a lot of Americans to name an ongoing tragedy, they'd probably point first to the U.S. economy.
Hollywood's political activists are trying to pitch in...
| Feb 13, 2009
Only Hollywood could make a cause of celebrating causes during the season of its self-congratulations -- or as the industry likes to call it, the run-up to the Oscars.
This year's award season, with all its spinoff charity events, has been particularly...
| Aug 7, 2008
Musicians have learned to downscale their expectations for TV exposure these days. Those lucky enough to score any might get a song spotlighted in a TV show or commercial. If they make the cut for one of the late-night talk shows, it's typically one...
| Aug 29, 2008
If Cecil B. DeMille had directed the Democrats' Denver festivities, the trailers would have touted "a cast of thousands." Even if the possibility of a strike hadn't shut down film production across Los Angeles, Hollywood would be empty this week because...
| Oct 8, 2008
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| Apr 27, 2008
The world's a stage, and the public revelries that happen all over it are a tribute to mankind's pan-cultural capacity for collective joy.
Here's a calendar of international festivals, events and open-to-everyone parties for April that are worth...
| Oct 26, 2009
The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers.
Those faces were...
| Mar 12, 2009
Jack White took the wraps off his new band here Wednesday night, launching phase three of his ever-evolving career with a 20-minute live performance by Dead Weather, fronted by the Kills singer Alison Mosshart, at the site of his new Third Man Records...
| Apr 12, 2009
A chilly morning wind was blowing down Sixth Avenue, but it was warm inside Radio City Music Hall even though the grand old palace was hushed and its balconies deserted. A production team was busy preparing for the night's concert, an all-star charity...
| Dec 14, 1999
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Seagram's $10.4-billion purchase of PolyGram, which created the world's biggest record company and triggered the most brutal restructuring in the industry's history.
In Los Angeles alone, more than 100 artists...