July 6, 2013 |
The snow is piling up on the streets of small-town Utah, and James Franco is talking about sex. He is talking about sex in the way James Franco talks about sex: as a narrative tool, as a humanizing mechanism, as a way to help us understand academic differences between film and literature. "We've been using violence as a storytelling device for decades, but we've only just begun to use sex that way instead of as simply something to shock," he says, responding to a straightforward interview question with a disquisition on sexuality and film.
March 20, 1988
The story of the search for Dorothy's ruby slippers is a delight to all movie buffs. I used to haunt the hills of Forest Lawn in Glendale looking for the final repose of past Hollywood legends. Imagine my surprise when one day, while tramping through the oldest section of the cemetery, I stumbled upon the tomb of L. Frank Baum (author of the "Oz" series) and his wife. All this time I had thought he was buried in Kansas. STEPHEN M. CHAPOT Los Angeles
January 19, 1992 |
In an era when videos are king, children's bookstores that focus on children's books are a real treasure. Books of Wonder is the largest children's bookstore in New York City, and founders Peter Glassman and James Carey, along with "Cheers" producers Les Charles and James Burrows, opened the West Coast version in October. What makes this store so wondrous is its sense of history--it's hard to imagine that anything in children's literature is forgotten here.
October 5, 2006
In "The Wiz," Dorothy and friends brought a Tony Award-winning 1970s urban beat to the Land of Oz. Now the musical based on L. Frank Baum's classic, with book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, gets a 21st century re-envisioning from director Des McAnuff and original "Wiz" orchestrator Harold Wheeler, reflecting cultural changes since the show's original Broadway debut decades ago. David Alan Grier is the Wiz to Nikki M.
December 27, 2012
What's the South Winkie Get Together? It's an informal conference and lunch for the local branch of the International Wizard of Oz Club . On Jan. 12, they'll be meeting in Irvine to celebrate all aspects of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the books that followed. The International Wizard of Oz Club was founded in 1957 by a 13-year-old who loved the Wizard of Oz. For a $1 annual membership, he distributed a newsletter called the Baum Bugle. The organization became more formal as it got older - it's now an official nonprofit - but it is chiefly a place for fans to share their enthusiasm.