| Oct 6, 2008
| 3:26 PM
Pencils, clay knives and computer-imaging applications shape J Mays creations; something less tactile animates them. Perhaps no other automotive designer active today seeks out our heartstrings as doggedly or successfully as the 53-year-old Oklahoma...
| Nov 13, 2008
Jay Fiondella, the flamboyant owner of Chez Jay, the scruffy restaurant-bar he opened almost 50 years ago that became a Santa Monica landmark and something of a shrine to his exploits as an adventurer, has died. He was 82.
Fiondella died Nov. 6 at a...
| Apr 30, 2008
Legend of the Motorcycle enters its third year with an emphasis on the first word of its name -- the legendary riders who have ridden many of the bikes on display and the award-winning builders who have used those motorcycles as inspiration in the present...
| May 25, 2008
What a difference 21 years makes.
In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
| Jun 1, 2008
ON a recent afternoon at the Warner Bros. lot, Clint Eastwood took a break from a long day in the editing bay and strolled over to a hushed screening room. There, his armed-and-dangerous past was waiting for him, and the filmmaker winced when he looked it...
| Jun 8, 2008
IN THE "Say what?" department, this statement ranks up there: "If Camoletti had written a tragedy of this quality, he'd be up there with Pinter."
Few people could get away with comparing Marc Camoletti, the French playwright of the creaky '60s sex...
| Jun 17, 2008
Oscar-winning producer Walter Mirisch has lived the American dream. He grew up in a poor immigrant family, and despite suffering hardships during the Great Depression, he found his way to Harvard. He later went on to a storied career producing some of the...
| Jan 1, 2008
WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
| Feb 3, 2008
Sheryl Crow "Detours" (A&M) *** ½
THERE'S a concept in psychology of the "good-enough mother" -- the exemplary caregiver who satisfies a child's needs without smothering budding independence. Today's stressed-out parents have turned to this 1950s ideal...
| Feb 27, 2008
Not to go all Pauline Kael on you, but "Bullitt" -- the 1968 crime drama starring a Ford Mustang GT390 and some guy named Steve McQueen -- is a fairly tedious bit of Aquarian cinema: the chicka-chicka-waah soundtrack, the inscrutable plot, the anaerobic...
| May 9, 2009
Edwin "Bud" Shrake, an author and journalist who co-wrote the bestselling golf book "Harvey Penick's Little Red Book," died Friday. He was 77.
He died of lung cancer at a hospital in Austin, Texas, son Ben Shrake said.
Shrake wrote 11 novels,...