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February 5, 2014 | By Susan King
TCM has added three screen legends and a tribute to an Oscar-winning actor to the roster of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place April 10 to 13 in Hollywood. Maureen O'Hara, who is best known for her work in John Ford films including 1952's "The Quiet Man," will present the world premiere restoration of Ford's Oscar-winning 1941 drama "How Green Was My Valley," in which she stars. Funny man Mel Brooks will stop by for a screening of his 1974 comedic masterpiece, "Blazing Saddles," and Margaret O'Brien will be on hand for the screening of Vincente Minnelli's beloved 1944 Technicolor musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," for which she won a juvenile Oscar as Judy Garland's little sister.
December 20, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Let's face it, sometimes the holiday season is as depressing as a stale piece of fruitcake. If the thought of the usual Christmas movies leaves you cold, here's another way to shake the holiday blues away: a selection of classic comedies from the 1930s and '40s. Here are a few of our favorites; if you can't laugh at these, you really are a Scrooge. "Horse Feathers" (1932) For those who love Marxist comedies ? as in the Marx Brothers ? their early Paramount films are far funnier and more anarchic than the more staid MGM releases.
November 21, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
There's a lot to admire in the film adaptation of Larry Ketron's play "Fresh Horses" (citywide), especially compared to most other recent American movies on young love. Ketron's dialogue is fresh, sad and funny; the film digs into American society more perceptively and compassionately than most.
October 9, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
For most actors, acting is nothing so simple as a craft or a job or work. It is an obsession that neither fame, fortune nor age can assuage. The number of star actors who have turned their backs on the profession is very small. Cary Grant and Jean Arthur made it stick. Jimmy Cagney didn't. It's a very short list. Bette Davis, who died on Friday at the age of 81, was not on the roster of retirees. Her wish was to act to the end of her days, and she very nearly did.
September 24, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
In a universe in which nothing is really ever created or destroyed, there are only so many stories to tell; you can switch the atoms around, but most everything will look like something you've seen before. This week sees the premiere of two series so structurally alike they might have been created from the same "Mad Libs" page.
October 15, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
You can almost hear the clanging of the typewriters in the writers courtyard at Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Spanish-style courtyard of offices housed such scribes as Ben Hecht ("His Girl Friday") and Sidney Buchman ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") when the facility was home to Columbia Pictures. According to Brent M. Christo, sales and marketing coordinator for Sunset Gower and the neighboring Sunset Bronson Studios, one of the bungalows was the office of Oscar-winning producer-director Frank Capra ("It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town")
Lester Cowan, an individualistic producer whose films depicted subjects ranging from the antics of W. C. Fields to the battlefield exploits of war correspondent Ernie Pyle, has died at his home in New York City. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that he died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at 83. After studying at Stanford University, Cowan went to work in 1928 for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
September 29, 1996 | Lynne Heffley, Lynne Heffley is a Times staff writer
The timeless, cross-generational appeal of James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," with its poignant theme of lost childhood, has been proved in many incarnations, from the 1904 stage play and the 1950 Jean Arthur production to the most-performed 1954 Mary Martin version and the animated Disney film. Composer-conductor Donald Fraser, creator of the clever albums "Heigh-Ho!
April 1, 2010
SERIES Known Universe: This six-part series illuminates the latest research into some of the most astonishing aspects of our universe. The premiere "Cosmic Collisions," explores what is being done to prevent a potentially devastating asteroid impact on our planet (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Mentalist: Jane and Lisbon (Simon Baker, Robin Tunney) and the rest of the team prepare to meet their new boss (Aunjanue Ellis) in this new episode (9 p.m. CBS)
January 29, 2009 | Susan King
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art turns the clock back to before the Berlin Wall came down in its new film series "Torn Curtain: The Two Germanys on Film," which begins Friday and runs through Feb. 21. The 16 featured films made from the end of World War II and the collapse of the wall shine a spotlight on what life and filmmaking was like in that era in West and East Germany.
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