March 20, 2013 |
When the Lakers host the Washington Wizards on Friday, the team may finally have as close to a full roster as it has had all season. After the Lakers practiced Wednesday, Coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to play against the Wizards. "Hopefully Kobe and Pau will be back Friday — hopefully," D'Antoni said. Bryant severely sprained his left ankle on March 13 in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. After playing only one quarter two days later against the Indiana Pacers, he didn't return and sat out the next two games.
March 14, 2013 |
As a kid, I watched "The Wizard of Oz" when it was broadcast annually, but the story always struck me as out-of-date. It felt as if the stakes were not high enough, as if, for all of Margaret Hamilton's spirited caterwauling as the Wicked Witch of the West, the fate of Dorothy and her compatriots - the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion - was never fundamentally in doubt. Yet this may have been exactly what Oz's creator, L....
March 11, 2013 |
"The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan, is one of the most beloved films in all of cinema. In fact, according to the Library of Congress, the musical fantasy is the most-watched picture in history. But how did the film fare at the box office and with critics when it came out in 1939? "'The Wizard of Oz' was a moneymaker for its time," noted William Stillman, co-author of "The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic," by email.
March 8, 2013 |
For sale: one used lion costume. But we're not talking just any lion costume. Archivist James Comisar owns one of the largest archives of television artifacts, with about 10,000 individual objects. Now he's looking for a new home for the iconic Cowardly Lion costume designed by Gilbert Adrian and worn by Bert Lahr during all the "mane" sequences in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz. " This may be the perfect time to pique collectors' interest in the costume because of the opening Friday of Sam Raimi's big-budget "Oz the Great and Powerful," which tells the story of how the wizard came to take up residence in the Emerald City.
March 7, 2013 |
Sometimes sweet, sometimes scary, sometimes sour, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a film that doesn't know its own mind. A partially effective jumble whose elements clash rather than cohere, this solid but not spectacular effort stubbornly refuses to catch fire until it's almost too late. As directed by Sam Raimi, who departed from his horror film roots ("The Evil Dead") to turn out the high-grossing, family-friendly "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Oz" exhibits some of the same tonal duality that marks its maker's career.
March 1, 2013 |
Barely a mile from where James Franco, the wizard in Disney's new "Oz: The Great and Powerful," was recently giving interviews sat a billboard touting a middle-school stage production. " 'The Wizard of Oz' is coming!" it proclaimed, an endearing promotion that the master shyster himself might appreciate. Down the street, some of Hollywood's top actors were talking up their $200 million plus production of "Oz," but inside these halls pre-adolescent cowardly lions and scarecrows were dutifully rehearsing their numbers.
February 16, 2013 |
Shadow Morton, the songwriter and producer behind such 1960s pop classics as " Remember (Walking in the Sand) " and " Leader of the Pack " -- both recorded by the Shangri-Las -- is dead. According to the New York Times , Morton died Thursday in Laguna Beach; the cause, said a family friend, was cancer. He was 71. A Brooklyn native who spent his adolescence on Long Island, Morton reportedly couldn't read music or play an instrument. But he used a feel for the highs and lows of teenage emotion -- a deep understanding not unlike that of his girl-group contemporary Phil Spector -- to create huge hits that tapped into the addictive torment of young love.
February 13, 2013 |
Last night at Musso & Frank Grill , the big man was Jerry Maren, who happens to be only 4-foot-3. Lots of people -- famous people -- have held court at Musso & Frank's, including F. Scott Fitzgerald , Raymond Chandler and Orson Welles , but none had been a Munchkin star in "The Wizard of Oz" known for his performance of the song "We Represent the Lollipop Guild. " Maren, a longtime Musso & Frank's customer, just turned 93. He's the last male survivor of the 124 Munchkins in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, one of the best-known American movies ever.
February 4, 2013
Clippers tonight vs. Washington When: 4 PST. Where: Verizon Center On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 34-15, Wizards 11-35. Record vs. Wizards: 1-0. Update: The Clippers have lost six of their last eight games. They have lost two straight on the road and have five more games left on this eight-game trip. The Wizards have lost four consecutive games. They have six players averaging in double figures, led by John Wall's 14.2 points and Jordan Crawford's 13.8.
January 28, 2013 |
A bouncy house, water guns, balloon animals and screaming kids took over Sunday night's episode of "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," when the remaining five contestants were challenged with cooking and entertaining at two birthday parties for kids. Rico Rodriguez, that weird in a good way, kind of overweight, too smart for his age kid actor from "Modern Family," acted as guest judge. The kid-friendly menu from Rachael Ray's team consisted of Hines Ward's quesadillas and cupcakes, Kathy Najimy's hummus, guacamole, grilled pita and crispy treats (Really Najimy, hummus again?