May 21, 2012
MGM had great success with several movie franchises in the 1930s and '40s, including "The Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy, the Andy Hardy family comedies with Mickey Rooney and the Dr. Kildare medical dramas with Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. The studio hit pay dirt again in 1939, when blond, brassy and endearing Ann Sothern was cast as a good-hearted honky tonk singer named Maisie Ravier. The first in the series, "Maisie" found her in the Wild West and falling in love with Robert Young.
June 1, 2004 |
The Cinegrill. It's a name that immediately conjures up images of old Hollywood. Of Humphrey Bogart standing at the bar, and Marilyn Monroe seated at a dark corner table. Of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald hanging out. And Mary Martin starting her singing career, while an infant son named Larry Hagman sleeps in her dressing room. For years the club was the entertainment heart of the Roosevelt Hotel -- itself a central Hollywood location and the site of the first Academy Awards in 1929.
May 10, 2001
COSTA MESA 8pm Theater So where were you in 1926? Mickey Rooney, then 6, was launching his film career--it was still the era of silent pictures--playing a cocky little tough kid named Mickey McGuire. Now 80, with more than 200 screen and television roles and seven marriages behind him, he is still out there--hoofing, singing and hamming on a tour that brings him to Orange Coast College for a one-nighter.
June 4, 1987 |
"Mickey Rooney is the whole show," somebody said at "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at the Pantages on Tuesday night. Rooney obviously shares this opinion. He mugs. He chortles. He wanders off during "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" to blow kisses at the audience. He throws in jokes about Musso & Frank's. When another actor's sandal goes flying off by accident (oh, yeah?), he's so convulsed that he has to sit down. At the end of the show, Rooney gives a curtain speech.
June 21, 1987 |
"I wanted to do something set in New Orleans because I love the banana and palm trees," offered playwright John Lewter, whose "Welcome Signs" premieres Friday at the Flight Theatre (in the Richmond Shepard Theatre Complex). Lewter had begun work on the script in the summer of 1975, when it was commissioned by Joanne Woodward for the River Arts Repertory writers workshop in Woodstock, N.Y. "I had the vaguest idea of a man having a heart attack in a boarding house," he recalled.
July 29, 1985 |
--Bad-mouthing General Motors in "the dimple of the universe"--as William Jennings Bryan once dubbed Spring Hill, Tenn.--gets about the same reaction as whistling "Yankee Doodle" would on Robert E. Lee's birthday. "If a man don't want the plant, he should leave," lifelong resident John Lee told a GM critic over lunch at the Cedar Inn cafe. The tiny town of Spring Hill, population 1,200, has emerged the winner in an intense bidding war by three dozen states for GM's $3.
September 18, 2011 |
Bridesmaids Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 One of the biggest comedy hits of the summer, "Bridesmaids" stars Kristen Wiig (who also co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo) as a lifelong loser whose inability to do anything right threatens to ruin her best friend's wedding. Much of the talk surrounding "Bridesmaids" has been about the movie's raunchiness, and how it shows that women comedians can be as crude as their male counterparts. But what really makes the film so enjoyable is Wiig's fearlessly goofy performance, and the way Wiig, Mumolo and director Paul Feig convey the nuances of female friendships rather than reducing the characters to chick-flick stereotypes.
March 22, 1987 |
Bill Britt, who calls himself the "Happy Hermit of Chestnut Hill," is looking forward to being a little bit happier, even though he may be evicted from the wigwam he has been living in for 18 years near a reservoir in the well-off section of Boston. He says he will let Mickey Rooney portray him in a TV movie for $29 a week for life. "I can live anywhere on $29 a week as long as I have outdoor living," the hermit said.
November 26, 1998 |
Personal trainers, flattering stylists and gourmet slop: Performing piglets may enjoy all these perks, yet never can they approach the career longevity of a Mickey Rooney. "The pigs had to be changed every six weeks," explained Rooney, the most enduring of the human co-stars of "Babe: Pig in the City," "because they get too big."