| May 1, 2010
Moments after the private elevator in the Montage Beverly Hills slides open, the staff warmly greets Larry Field and ushers him to a pool-view seat at the rooftop Conservatory Grill. The hostess gives him a hug. Servers nod in recognition.
| Jun 11, 2010
Christine Johnson Smith, Broadway singer starred in 'Carousel'
Christine Johnson Smith, 98, who originated the role of Nettie Fowler in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" when it debuted on Broadway in 1945, died Wednesday at her home in...
| Jul 3, 2010
Elliott Kastner, the veteran independent producer of films such as "The Missouri Breaks," "Equus" and "Where Eagles Dare," has died. He was 80.
Kastner died of cancer Wednesday in a hospital in London, said his stepson Cassian Elwes.
A former MCA talent...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| May 6, 2011
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| Jul 23, 2010
If you're looking for a key to "The Spot," David Means' fourth collection of short fiction, you need go no further than the title story. In it, Means give us a looping narrative, or a series of overlapping storylines, at the center of which is a gaping...
| Feb 4, 2011
Maria Schneider, the French actress who appeared opposite Marlon Brando in "Last Tango in Paris," the 1972 movie whose strong sexual content stirred international controversy, has died. She was 58.
Schneider died in Paris on Thursday after a long...
| Jul 14, 2011
Written on the mirror of the women's bathroom at Café Gratitude, a new raw and vegan restaurant, are the words, "I adore myself and everyone else." The sentiment is part of the positivity campaign that the restaurant has been waging since opening on...
| Nov 8, 2011
Hollywood costume designer Theadora Van Runkle, whose influence spanned four decades and a range of movie genres including period pieces like "Bonnie and Clyde" — which earned her the first of three Academy Award nominations — and over-the-top...
| Nov 19, 2011
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable — those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the...
| May 29, 2011
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When Leonard Kastle's debut movie as a writer and director, "The Honeymoon Killers," was released in 1970, critics raved over the grimly realistic, low-budget, black-and-white crime drama about a lowlife lothario and his overweight nurse lover whose...