HOME & GARDEN
June 23, 2010 |
A longtime home of film comic Groucho Marx is listed in Beverly Hills at $6,995,000. The Spanish-style estate has been maintained by the same family for the last half-century. Marx's initials are carved into the concrete in two spots — the driveway and near the pool. A copper storage unit that the actor made in the upstairs office to store his signature cigars is intact. Fruit trees that he planted remain on the property. Marx was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow in the house in the '50s.
October 8, 2009 |
Longtime "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert's office, complete with Buffalo Bills pennants and a journalist's clutter, will go on display next month at the Newseum in Washington. The office will be reassembled to look as it did June 13, 2008, the day Russert died of a heart attack at age 58 while recording voice-overs for his next show at NBC's Washington bureau. The exhibit at the journalism museum opens Nov. 20 and will remain through 2010. "After Tim's death, it became very clear to us that Tim really hit a nerve with a wider swath of people than you would ordinarily think for a journalist," Charles Overby, the Newseum's chief executive, said Wednesday.
October 14, 2006
KATIE COURIC's lagging ratings on prime-time news shouldn't surprise ["Couric in an Unfamiliar Place -- 3rd," by Matea Gold, Oct. 11]. She has no pedigree of in-the-trenches reporting. Couric honed her skills with bouncy light banter and human interest stories on morning TV. A sudden makeover into the gravitas of evening news doesn't fool anyone. Add to this off-putting commentaries like her chiding President Clinton for defending himself against a revisionist right-wing blame game on terrorism, and the doubts grow.
February 11, 2006 |
The World War II radio broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow are now regarded as high points in the history of journalism, vivid examples of how the spoken word can bring home events of infinite horror and complexity from thousands of miles away. But when it came to preserving Murrow's scripts and other papers from that time, few people had the foresight or the luck to think of history. Some materials were lost when the Germans bombed CBS offices in London, where Murrow was based during the war.
October 9, 2005 |
SINCE making his film debut 25 years ago in good friend John Sayles' first feature, "Return of the Secaucus 7," David Strathairn has become one of American cinema's most versatile and complex actors. "He's an actor who is able to play a text and subtext," Sayles has said of the actor, whom he met while attending Williams College. Strathairn, 56, has collaborated with Sayles several times on films, including "Matewan" and "Eight Men Out."
October 7, 2005 |
"Good Night, and Good Luck" couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling. Everything about it -- its look, its style, even its sound -- stands in stark opposition to the trends of the moment. Yet by sticking to events that are half a century old, it tells a story whose implications for today are inescapable. An examination of the stand CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow took in 1954 against Sen.