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Hail, Caesar! and the Rise & Fall of the Aquamusical

Vicki Valosik | Posted 02.05.2017 | Entertainment
Vicki Valosik

The Coen brother's newest film, Hail, Caesar! channels the glamour of the Golden-era "aquamusical," the splashy, pool-centric musical genre made popular by Esther Williams in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Desperate Times Called for Tapping Measures on 42nd St.

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.15.2016 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

All Photos courtesy of Sergerstrom Arts The Depression was, well, depressing. That's why so much entertainment of the time, especially the full-blown...

Ryan Gosling's Next Major Gig

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.21.2014 | Entertainment

Life may not be all song and dance for Ryan Gosling, but soon, it will be. Gosling has reportedly been tapped to star in, and possibly direct, a bi...

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Art in Downtown LA

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

If you were standing in front of this sculpture in a museum, you wouldn't dare touch it. But here, on the terrace, people comfortably rest their behinds on this great work of art, which is probably exactly how Rauschenberg wanted it to be.

Tap Dance Preserved

Adria Rolnik | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Tap is jazz, tap is Broadway, tap is culture blending at its best -- the history of tap is rich, the dancing electric. We should pay attention.

Short Takes: Kaleidoscopic Wonders

Jane Chafin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Today's sophisticated computer imaging allows for endless experimentation with kaleidoscopic effects.

Just in Case It Matters: Biographer Jeffrey Spivak on the Magic of Busby Berkeley

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.13.2012 | Home
Dan Lybarger

In the 1930s and '40s, Busby Berkeley (1895-1976) staged a series of movie dance numbers that could rival the paintings of Salvador Dali in their outlandishness. His movies were loaded with jaw-dropping optical illusions and wound up influencing everyone from the Coen Brothers to Mel Brooks.

Full-Bodied Film

Glen Helfand | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Glen Helfand

Like anyone with an interest in movies, I've seen my consumption evolve from repertory houses, to indie chains, to the current streaming standard. Now I am entertained and edified by amazing libraries of material instantaneously available to cater to whatever whim.

The Reading List: New Books About Los Angeles

Los Angeles Magazine | Wendy Witherspoon  | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Every month Los Angeles Magazine highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here's what's new....

At Last

Betty Fussell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Betty Fussell

The Inauguration of our new Chief this January has miraculously, it would seem, inaugurated a shift in movie genre. Barack and Michelle looked like Fred and Ginger.