August 3, 2012 Fifty years after Marilyn Monroe's death, the starlet is making more money than ever. She's become a multimillion-dollar brand thanks, in part, to the will she left behind. But most of those profits are going to companies that didn't even exist until after she died.
July 18, 2012 Corporations pay a lot of money to be official Olympic sponsors, so there are strict rules about who can and can't use the games to promote their products — rules the Olympic Committee isn't shy about enforcing. Just ask a group of knitters who recently got a cease and desist letter from the USOC.
July 17, 2012 When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn't buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she's "way, way, way out" in the Bronx.
May 16, 2012 Carlos Fuentes, one of the most influential Latin American writers, died Tuesday at a hospital in Mexico City at the age of 83. He was instrumental in bringing Latin American literature to an international audience, and he used his fiction to address what he saw as real-world injustices.
May 10, 2012 When it comes to monsters on television, vampires have the market cornered. And so popular are TV vampires that opening this weekend is a movie based on the grand-sire of all vampire TV shows: Dark Shadows. Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the evolution of a TV character that will never die.
May 1, 2012 In the spirit of such competition documentaries as Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, First Position follows seven young dancers as they prepare for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Elizabeth Blair reports on the film and the dancer-turned-director behind it.
March 24, 2012 The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C., this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.