May 10, 2012 |
A new biographical Charlie Chaplin musical that began in 2010 at the La Jolla Playhouse has set an opening day for Broadway. "Chaplin" is scheduled to open Sept. 10 at the Barrymore Theatre in New York, with preview performances starting Aug. 21. The musical made its debut two years ago in La Jolla under the title "Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin. " The moniker changed to "Becoming Chaplin" following La Jolla and now has been shortened to just "Chaplin. " The show features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Tony-winner Thomas Meehan.
October 16, 2009 |
Before there was Roman Polanski, there was Errol Flynn. Before David Letterman, Charlie Chaplin. Celebrity sex scandals have been around for as long as there have been celebrities -- yes, even before TMZ and Perez Hilton -- so the recent arrest of Polanski relating to his having sex with a 13-year-old girl and Letterman's confession of having sex with female members of his staff are just the latest in a long and sometimes sordid history. "This is nothing new for the media and the public to become obsessed with this and report this in juicy, lurid, titillating detail," says film historian and critic Stephen Farber, who notes that there is "this very moralistic side to this country that sort of plays on that.
June 3, 2009 |
Norman Lloyd says he can remember when he first became aware of Charlie Chaplin -- even if he was only 1 year old and it was more than 90 years ago. The year was 1916 and, as Lloyd recalls, "there were little Charlie Chaplins that you would wind up and they would walk. I remember vividly. I was sitting in the high chair with the little tray in front of me. My parents would wind it up and it would walk to me." The 94-year-old actor, producer and director, best known for playing the kindly Dr.
HOME & GARDEN
August 9, 2011 |
A Spanish-style house built for Charlie Chaplin in the Sunset Strip area is for sale at $1,725,000. The restored and updated 1926 residence was owned by actor Robert Downey Jr. in the 1990s and, later, reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, according to property records and Times archives. The original beamed ceiling remains in the living room. French doors open off the dining room to a patio. The 2,728-square-foot house has three bedrooms and five bathrooms. The two-story-tall master suite includes dual bathrooms and a sitting area.
November 19, 2010 |
Entering the Charlie Chaplin cottage, I stooped to avoid hitting my head. At 5 feet 8, I'm about 3 inches taller than Chaplin. (It's said the Little Tramp had the door made small so his guests would have to bow as they entered.) I was at the Charlie, an eccentric but charming West Hollywood hotel occupying a cluster of cottages where, it's also said, Gloria Swanson, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and other screen luminaries once lived. They are among the famous for whom the cottages are named.
September 30, 2012 |
Charlie Chaplin was in great spirits during the production of his 1952 film "Limelight," his first film since his poorly received 1947 dark comedy, "Monsieur Verdoux. " "Limelight," turned out to be Chaplin's final Hollywood film - and it brought back memories of the legendary actor and filmmaker's glory days. "He was like the young Charlie. I would sit in his old-time dressing room being made up with him and he was full of fire," said his friend, actor Norman Lloyd, who appears as a choreographer in the sentimental drama about a once famous clown named Calvero, who prevents troubled young ballerina Thereza (Claire Bloom)