In January 1977, I was riding north on the Pacific Coast Highway to interview Joan Didion at her home by the sea. I was euphoric and scribbling my impressions. It was raining that morning. On my left the bright gray ocean looked like wrinkled silver foil. On my right sat dirt-colored palisades, low cliffs covered by…
There were very few women photojournalists covering the Vietnam War, but there were some, and one of them was Catherine Leroy, whom the New York Times dubs “the greatest war photographer you’ve never heard of.”
Beauty and the Beast is officially a box office hit, and so the Disney live-action remake machine will continue to clank merrily along, churning out entertaining movies billed as “reimagining” beloved stories that nevertheless stick close to the company’s own existing animated properties.
Here is a treat for the Bake Off superfans: a young Mary Berry sporting the styles of the 1970s talking about “the cheap cuts of meat and interesting ways to use them.” That blouse—my God!
It’s been a long winter—the kind of winter that demands the comfort of wrapping yourself up in romantic visions of the past; the particular kind of comfort that’s only found in bad history, good costumes, and a variety of regional British accents. Even though I don’t live in a part of the country that has “winter” per…
As commentators note the passing of Chuck Barris, the legendary creator of hit television shows The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, and commemorate his career, they have overlooked the sex and sexism at the heart of his enterprise. Part of Barris’s legacy is his packaging and selling of sexual conflict, sexual…
Chuck Barris, the character who created The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and a pile of other game shows from which our current contest-heavy TV lineup is directly descended, has died at 87.
Donald Trump’s proposed budget will defund PBS and anything else that gives the U.S. even the thinest veneer of intellectual curiosity. However, Sesame Street may still survive on HBO, which is good, because they really know how to drag the president.
Today, singer Vera Lynn—who was incredibly popular in wartime Britain, with bittersweet hits like “We’ll Meet Again” and “(There’ll be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover”—turns 100.
Richard Hickock, one of the two Kansas murderers whose trial and life was chronicled in Truman Capote’s genre-shifting In Cold Blood, also wrote his own book with a Kansas journalist; it was never published and though Capote knew about it, he never once mentioned it in his notes.
If you haven’t watched Casablanca lately, you might have forgotten that this 1942 classic—routinely described as one of the greatest movies ever made—opens not with Humphrey Bogart in that crisp white dinner jacket, but rather with a description of the “torturous, roundabout refugee trail” that sprang up for those…
Once a wildly glamorous way of getting back and forth across the Atlantic, the Queen Mary is now a floating hotel parked off Long Beach, California, which allegedly “could face some internal structural collapse within the next decade unless major action is taken soon.” That doesn’t sound great.
It has come to my attention that HomeAway is currently holding a sweepstakes pegged to the release of Beauty and the Beast, which allows the winner to stay in a 14th century Scottish castle. Well, I regret to inform you that a 14th century Scottish castle has precisely zero to do with the architectural aesthetic of…
A show where well-dressed teens gently bop around to the big hits while maintaining an appropriate distance apart hardly seems like it would be a hot bed of sexual experimentation, but American Bandstand apparently featured a crew of Philadelphia kids who had more than dancing in common.
Everyone gather round and let’s play that perennial favorite parlor game, What Killed This Famous Dead Person? Today, we’ll do Jane Austen!
Here is a treat: A 1983 explanation by the BBC of that most curious American custom, the morning television show.
Hot real estate opportunity for the Anne Boleyn superfans: The 15th century Thornbury Castle has hit the market for a mere £8.5 million. Boleyn spent part of her honeymoon with Henry VIII at the country home. Just maybe don’t use it as a wedding venue, considering how badly that marriage worked out for her.
In a grimy illustration of the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, here’s a chance to feast your eyes upon some ancient candy wrappers, rediscovered in a historic Chicago movie palace.
Robert Osborne—longtime Turner Classic Movies host, having been with the channel from its 1994 beginning, and a beloved mainstay who singlehandedly made cable worthwhile—has died at 84.