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  • Universal horror: ‘Essential’ Blu-ray spotlights classic actors

     
    The month of October has been a big one for fans of Universal's landmark horror films — the classic movies ...
  • Understanding Robert Mapplethorpe through Patti Smith

     
    Artist Robert Mapplethorpe, whose archive has just been acquired by LACMA and the Getty, can be freshly understood through the eyes of friend Patti Smith in her memoir Just Kids.

    Dave Tompkins reads from 'How to Wreck a Nice Beach' tonight at Skylight Books

     
    At its most elemental, the vocoder is an instrument of deception. A mode for veiled communication -- slang in binary code. The U.S and Russian militaries used it to compress and encrypt speech to elude enemy interception, but it soon...

    Lon Chaney's 'The Phantom of the Opera' plays on after 85 years

     
    Eighty-five years ago, moviegoers saw Lon Chaney unmasked as “The Phantom of the Opera” at the classic film's premiere, and while the movie was silent, the audience certainly wasn’t. There were plenty of screams and gasps on Sept. 6,...

    From the Vaults: 'The Penalty' (1920)

     
    Here's an experiment for you long-suffering readers: Take your legs and fold them underneath you, so you're sitting on your feet. How's that feel? Now, keeping your feet where they are, hop down on the floor and walk around on your knees. Hey, nicely...