Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday…
Danish helmer Per Fly's glossy biopic of popular Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund quickly becomes a checklist of triumph-and-tragedy cliches.
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor for such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Anita O'Day, died of heart failure June 29 at…
Kanye West loves a good controversy. But with his new album "Yeezus," is it possible the musician has decided that the best thing to do is nothing?
When CAA Sports and Roc Nation, the entertainment shingle founded by rapper-entrepreneur Jay-Z, announced April 2 they were partnering to create athlete management firm Roc Nation Sports, the…
Efforts to mount a Jimi Hendrix biopic have been hung up amid rights issues and the artist's estate, but the new 'All Is by My Side' takes on the famed guitarist's origin story.
Quincy Jones turns 80 years young on March 14 -- and from his perch high up in Bel-Air with a 180-degree view of Southern California, he can look back at one of the most improbable careers in show…
When producer David Foster wanted to blend Rod Stewart's vocals with those of the late Ella Fitzgerald on the classic "What are you doing New Year's Eve?" he relied on a sort of secret sauce to get…
Rob Ruggiero, the director whose Broadway credits include Valerie Harper starrer "Looped" and Kathleen Turner topliner "High," has been named the new producing artistic director at TheaterWorks in…
An unofficial twin to "Certified Copy," Abbas Kiarostami's Tokyo-set character waltz is a droll, elegant but faintly trying study in emotional artifice.
Musical comedy veteran Rachel York scores at almost every turn, leading one to suspect she'll soon be back in one of the major rooms with a full booking.