January 19, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Among the screenings on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of a new film starring Michael Cera shot in Chile in Spanish and English by writer-director Sebastian Silva. But which one? The festival actually has two. “Crystal Fairy” played Thursday as part of world dramatic competition, while “Magic Magic” will premiere Tuesday as part of the midnight section. Cera himself said he found it “uncanny” to have two films premiering at once that are so similar and yet so different.
January 15, 2013 |
In the words of Golden Globe winner Anne Hathaway: “blurgh.” Did this episode of “The Bachelor” drag for anyone else? I always forget how painful I find the beginning of the season. The tedious group-dates with 9,000 girls and “I'm not here to make friends” declarations. The way-too-early proclamations of love on one-on-one dates. The jealous crying. It's all a bit too predictable. At least Sean is good eye candy. OK, opening the episode with a shot of Sean in the shower with water dripping down his abs may have been just a tad over the top but hey, I'm not complaining.
January 11, 2013 |
At 25, the flamboyant Korean violinist Amadeus Leopold (formerly Hahn-Bin and before that, Hahnbin Yoo) already counts fans in classical music, fashion, the art world and pop culture. Last year the one-time prodigy at the Colburn School and protégé of Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School could be found within a few Manhattan blocks, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art and at the NBC television studios for a profile on the "Today" show.
January 10, 2013 |
If you're a fan of the Discovery Channel, check out some new tour destinations in Asia that its Discovery Adventures group will explore during 2013, including Malaysia, Borneo, southern India and Bhutan. "We listen to traveler feedback and add more tours in the destinations that are of increasing interest," said Elizabeth Bakacs, vice president of Discovery Adventures. "While countries like India, Thailand, China and Vietnam continue to grow in popularity, in 2013 we also invite travelers to dig deeper by offering tours to new Asia destinations.
January 8, 2013
The death Sunday of Huell Howser, beloved public television chronicler of California, has prompted an outpouring of appreciation for his work from fans and critics alike. Howser, the host of programs like "California's Gold," "Visiting," "Road Trip" and other PBS favorites, was known for his down-home demeanor and contagious enthusiasm ("Would you look at that!") for the subjects he covered, which ranged from well-known California travel destinations to obscure roadside attractions and intriguing everyday people.
January 8, 2013 |
Huell Howser, a great man of television, died late Sunday in Palm Springs, to which he retired quietly late last year - or as quietly as an interested public would let him, the announcement that he would make no more programs being news throughout the state and prompting tributes and some expressions of concern that now will be multiplied many times over. He was a boyish 67 years old. If you lived in California in the last few decades and owned a television you likely have an opinion, and quite possibly do an imitation, of Howser, and it probably involves the phrase "That's amazing!"
January 6, 2013 |
- One night as my sister and I walked across the rugged yet strangely delicate terrain of a place called Farm 215, the path to our cottage lighted only by the stars and a flashlight, the wine-wobbly beam suddenly illuminated several sets of legs. A moment of what the ...? And then we realized that we were standing in the middle of a small herd of horses, including two mares and their foals, that roam the South African eco-retreat outside Gansbaai. It was a perfect mother-child moment and a symbol of new beginnings in this Southern Hemisphere spring.
January 6, 2013 |
Monica Martino had filmed tornadoes in the Midwest, ship collisions in the Antarctic and crab fishermen in Alaska's Bering Sea. But those experiences didn't prepare her for a terrifying nighttime boat ride in the Amazon jungle. In February, the 41-year-old co-executive producer was thrown into a murky river after getting footage for "Bamazon," a series for the History cable channel about out-of-work Alabama construction workers mining for gold in the rain forest of Guyana. Martino says the captain was blind in one eye and piloting too fast without a proper light.
December 29, 2012 |
Two friends and I just returned from an amazing 14-day tour of Morocco. It was a pleasure to leave details to knowledgeable, in-country experts and brothers Hamid and Youssef of Morocco Expert Tours. Although the value of a wonderful adventure is immeasurable, I saw a similar itinerary this month for group travel at several thousand dollars more than the $2,400 we paid for our trip. Morocco Expert Tours also does day trips and custom itineraries. Morocco Expert Tours; http://www.moroccoexpertours.com Fusako Takeda Fountain Valley
December 25, 2012 |
Although it may never be the yule log in the electronic hearth that it is in the United Kingdom, the "Doctor Who" Christmas special, like "Doctor Who" itself and by extension its BBC America home, has gained a lot of American currency in the past few years. Airing here, as it does there, on Christmas Day, the special is inevitably a celebration of Dickensian mood and Victoriana, with high-profile guest stars and particularly poignant story lines. This year is no different, though it does have the additional joy of introducing the Doctor's new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman - photos of an apparently steamy kiss between the two have been circulating on fan sites for weeks.