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.
July 9, 2009 |
Is it just me, or are there moments every summer when the desire to escape life as you know it absolutely overwhelms? You've already seen every decent film out there and a few that aren't. Take heart and time travel back to the '50s with the lovely "Sabrina" and the sweet innocence of Audrey Hepburn and a different sort of moviemaking entirely -- quieter, gentler, careful with its emotional punches.
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March 29, 2009 |
Professional baseball got off to a slow start in Southern California. So slow that in 1898, the San Jose Prune Pickers and the Santa Cruz Beachcombers were chosen over the Los Angeles Angels to join the California League. Imagine, depriving rival fans the joy of chanting "Beat L.A.!" But the Angels, their status no doubt elevated when they were purchased by a pool-hall operator, were granted a franchise in the newly organized Pacific Coast League in 1903.
June 1, 2008 |
The Japanese have perfected the art of obsession. Japan, after all, is the place that gave us otaku, that wonderfully elastic word that refers to people obsessed to distraction with the details of a single thing. The first otaku were Japanese boys obsessed with manga or anime; back in the 1980s and '90s, the term implied a sort of dark geekiness--loners, antisocial kids who retreated to their rooms with their manga and anime, much of it erotic in content. Otaku are mainstream now.
January 14, 2007 |
Humphrey Bogart died on Jan. 14, 1957, exactly 50 years ago. By all accounts, notably those of his friends, John Huston and Alistair Cooke, he died with great gallantry, hiding to the best of his ability the pain of the cancer that wracked and decimated him. It worked this way: He would rest in his bedroom most of the day; then, in the late afternoon, he would be dressed in a blue blazer and ascot and transported, by wheelchair and elevator, to his living room.
April 29, 2006 |
At the Anglophilic intersection of public broadcasting and detective fiction lies "Mystery!," one of television's most reliable brands, a cornerstone of PBS fund drives for a quarter-century and the American home to a panoply of British sleuths professional, amateur and de facto -- Miss Marple, Horace Rumpole, Adam Dalgliesh, Endeavour Morse, Peter Wimsey, Jane Tennison and on and (relatively speaking) on.
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August 1, 1997 |
Five decades after Humphrey Bogart left his hand- and footprints in the wet concrete of Mann's Chinese Theatre's courtyard in Hollywood, sticky homage was again paid to him in the same spot Thursday. With a blast of multicolored confetti, a brass band and Bogie's widow and children in attendance, the Bogart postage stamp was unveiled in a red-carpet ceremony. The third issue in the U.S.