Category Archives: 2019

L.A. Philharmonic Opens 2019 Season With Some Modern American Chestnuts

The Los Angeles Philharmonic warms up for its 2019-2020 season. Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic opened the 2019-20 season last night with a concert of familiar light classics. The … Continue reading

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James Ellroy: ‘This Storm’ — Racism and Anti-Semitism Masquerading as History

A historical aside to everybody gushing over James Ellroy’s latest, “This Storm,” which opens with a speech from Father Coughlin’s supposed bootleg radio station in Mexico. (Coughlin was a notorious right-wing radio broadcaster of the 1930s who was silenced by … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Newsweek Mangles the George Hodel Story Beyond All Recognition

About 1980, when I was in journalism school, one of my classes heard guest speaker Martin Kasindorf, who impressed the room of aspiring reporters with his tales of being a Newsweek correspondent. (He was later the magazine’s New York bureau … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Film Festival Walks on the Dark Side

Humphrey Bogart in a Warner Bros. ad for “All Through the Night.” TCM threw a wild party for its 25th Anniversary on air and 10 years of honoring classic films with its just concluded TCM Classic Film Festival, a packed … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 10th TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Love and Romance

The TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates not only the glories of film but also the joys of romance in its 10th annual festival April 11-14, 2019 in Hollywood. Highlighting the history of cinema from silents to Cinerama to serials to … Continue reading

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Ed Fuentes: We Lose a Member of the Brain Trust

Dear friends and members of the Brain Trust. We lost a charter member with the death of Ed Fuentes, who apparently suffered a fatal heart attack, according to Facebook. Ed was the subject of my first column at The Times … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: How Low Can You Go in Merchandising the Black Dahlia?

I occasionally scan the Web to see what’s out on the distant fringes of the Black Dahlia case. And wow. This is fringe. Here we have a portrait of Elizabeth Short – post-mutilation – painted in the artist’s blood. Listed … Continue reading

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