| Dec 12, 2004
Few violists are born. Most have the instrument thrust upon them. In fact, the viola -- the overlooked stepchild of the orchestra's string section -- is rarely studied as a first instrument at all. Until fairly recently, the road to mastering it...
| Dec 28, 2008
Image is a slippery creature, and one month's style sensation is the next month's tasteless trend. For those keeping score, we offer the 2008 Image Index, a sliding scale of the people, places, ideas and trends that moved up -- and down -- the pop culture...
| Jan 7, 2009
This year's lead actor and supporting actor categories offer no end of irony.
Although certifiable leading men like Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Leonardo DiCaprio in "Revolutionary Road," Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino" and...
| Oct 17, 2008
"W." MAY sound like the story of the initial that rocked the world, but it turns out to be the tale of a mouse that roared. Director Oliver Stone and writer Stanley Weiser's unexpected take on the life and times of our 43rd president will surprise a lot...
| Oct 22, 2008
The participant list reads like a list of actors from the red carpet at the Oscars.
Except, of course, for the Muppets.
The online video by Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy group, features celebrities such as Anne Hathaway,...
| Nov 8, 2008
As if Coopie, Wolfie, Dobbsie and CNN's other kazoos weren't funny enough, "the most trusted name in news" now has comedian D.L. Hughley holding down an hour of interviews and sketches before a laugh track-like studio audience on Saturday nights.
| May 18, 2008
Steven Spielberg, who at 22 was hired by Universal to a long-term contract, started out his career as the teacher's pet of the Movie Brat generation. With the unveiling of his first Indiana Jones escapade in 19 years today at Cannes, he's proffering yet...
| Dec 16, 2007
Harper Perennial: 838 pp., $16.95 paper
ONE reason why Nicola Barker's novel "Darkmans" made the Man Booker short list this year but didn't win was that it isn't reader-friendly enough. That's what judge Giles Foden...
| Jun 6, 2008
IF THERE is one thing Hollywood understands, it's casting.
That's why the industry's Democratic activists are rallying behind Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as November's leading man, with some still open to the idea of a supporting role for Sen. Hillary...
| Jun 9, 2010
Veteran Hollywood publicist and political activist Stephen M. Rivers died Tuesday after a lengthy bout with prostate cancer. He was 55.
Over the span of his publicity career, Rivers represented some of the most recognizable names in entertainment,...
| Feb 24, 2009
Howard Zieff, a top advertising print photographer and TV commercial director in the 1960s and early '70s before tapping his flair for comedy as the director of movies including "Private Benjamin," "Hearts of the West" and "My Girl," has died. He was 81....