April 19, 2013 |
NORTH LAS VEGAS - Rooting somewhere out in the bushes on Bob Combs' suburban farm is a grouchy old character nicknamed Humphrey, who likes to eat grass and doesn't take kindly to most people. Humphrey happens to be a hog, a pot-bellied pig. He's a full-time resident at one of the more unusual pig farms in America, and a feature story this week in the Los Angeles Times highlights RC Farms and its unique approach to food recycling. For 50 years now, with a knee-slapping sense of humor straight out of the 1960s television show “Green Acres,” the gray-haired Combs has turned castoff food from local casinos into feed for his 2,500 pigs.
November 29, 2012 |
It's been a big week for Humphrey Bogart. Monday was the 70th anniversary of the New York premiere of his iconic Oscar-winning film "Casablanca," and on Tuesday Sotheby's announced that the famed piano from the romantic drama is up for auction. Now the legendary tough guy, who died of cancer 55 years ago at the age of 57, is having his own film festival. The first annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is set for May 2-5 in Key Largo, Fla. Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall starred in the 1948 noir classic "Key Largo," for which Claire Trevor earned a supporting actress Oscar as a boozy gangster's moll.
February 16, 2011 |
No other star of Hollywood's golden age continues to hold audiences in quite the way that Humphrey Bogart does. The American Film Institute voted him the greatest male star of all time, and his influence as cultural icon and representative of a certain distinctively American masculinity and noir cool is greater now than ever, half a century after his death. He has not lacked for able biographers ? there appear to be about 40, including the definitive 1997 volume by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax ?
October 1, 2010 |
The first great antihero of American movies, Humphrey Bogart remained the epitome of nonconformist cool for generations after his death. He succumbed to cancer in 1957 at age 57, and the course of his afterlife was sealed three years later by Jean-Luc Godard's era-defining "Breathless," in which Jean-Paul Belmondo played a Parisian thug who borrowed his insouciant swagger from the movies of his beloved "Bogey. " The Bogey of the collective imagination was defined by his contradictions: a vulnerable tough guy and a cynical idealist.
March 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession. "I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire. The Oscar-winning 1942 "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the reunited lovers Rick and Ilsa, is the favorite film of Hefner, a serious movie buff. "It has everything -- not only Bogie's charismatic character, but lost love, redemption, patriotism, humor -- it had a great musical score.
March 3, 2010
'Here's Looking at You, Humphrey Bogart' Where: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. When: Friday through April 10. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday movies, which start at 7 p.m. Price: $10 Contact: (310) 443-7000; www.cinema.ucla.edu