Swing time


When Joan Leslie was a child, she’d watch enraptured as Fred Astaire swooped and glided across the flickering screen. “I’d go home and practice those dances with my sister, never dreaming that I’d…

Variety fetes pic guides


CANNES — Tuesday’s party was one for the books. Actually, it was one for two books. Variety and Boxtree hosted an afternoon bash at the Variety Pavilion to launch a pair of publications, “Variety…

BMI fetes tunesmiths


Mariah Carey, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain and Rob Thomas were among the artists feted Tuesday by performing rights society BMI at its annual gala. The quartet shared the org’s coveted pop…

‘Letter’ perfect


What do you say if your ensemble-driven, romantic comedy is opening against the biggest, special effects-driven blockbuster in film history? If you're Tom Selleck and you're at Thursday's preem of…

Virgin site takes off


Music mogul and hot-air balloonist, Richard Branson threw quite a to-do Tuesday at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood to officially launch the Virgin Megastore Web site, virginmega.com.

‘Mummy’ dearest


Though the curse of the mummy struck Tuesday's premiere of U's "The Mummy" (the main theater's projector repeatedly stopped due to overheating), the screening was only part of the entertainment at…

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