December 5, 2013 |
Long before Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" arrived in theaters in 1964, the studio chief was wooing the story's author, P.L. Travers, trying to nab the rights to the famed books that eventually became his blockbuster film. It was a bumpy ride, as we see depicted in the Dec. 13 release "Saving Mr. Banks," that pitted the cranky, obstinate English author (played by Emma Thompson) against the agreeable but resolute Southern California mogul (Tom Hanks). Travers was tough, and veteran costume designer Daniel Orlandi, who had access to both the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Disney Studio archives, wanted to make sure that aspect came across quickly.
December 5, 2013 |
Alicia Keys is unlocking her archives through a new interactive website. The site, AK Vault , is fully curated by Keys from the “big steel fortress at my studio that holds my secret treasure-trove where everything unreleased resides.” From there Keys promises to share a wealth of material including live performances, videos, diary entries and music. AK Vault allows fans to explore the material by album or by clicking on animated icons for photos, music, videos, etc. Some material is still locked - there isn't access to 2009's “The Element of Freedom" or her most recent album, “Girl on Fire,” as of yet - but the singer has stocked the site with a few goodies.
November 28, 2013 |
Happy Thanksgiving! It's officially time to eat, drink, be merry -- and decorate. To kick off the holiday festivities, we found some photos in our archives of people who got into the Thanksgiving spirit by dressing up, decorating and putting on pageants. But what are you doing? We want to see your tackiest, your wackiest and your most beautiful holiday decorations. Snap a pic and add it to our gallery . Twitter: @lauraelizdavis firstname.lastname@example.org
November 13, 2013 |
The archives of Ed Ruscha will reside at the University of Texas at Austin, whose Harry Ransom Center has acquired the artist's personal collection of documents, photographs and sketches. Officials said on Wednesday that the materials would eventually be accessible to the public at the Ransom Center after the items were cataloged and processed. A small selection of materials from the archive will be on display in the Ransom Center's lobby through Dec. 1. The archives contain Ruscha's five personal journals containing preliminary sketches and notes, correspondence and photographs, as well as materials related to the making of his artist's book of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road.
November 3, 2013 |
He appears in a restaurant, picks up everyone's tab, then vanishes with his many guards. He stars in his wedding, government officials among the guests. He is captured, then released. Twice. Or maybe not. Joaquin " El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted drug-trafficking fugitive, chalks up more sightings than Elvis. He is everywhere, and nowhere, a long-sought criminal always a step ahead of the law, yet always in sight or mind. A mythology has developed around Guzman, the commander of Mexico's most powerful narcotics network, the so-called Sinaloa cartel, named for the Pacific coast state that is the historic cradle of Mexican drug trafficking.
November 2, 2013 |
Hear the name “Scalamandré,” and those in the know think Italian luxury. Others picture the company's famed chinoiserie and think high French style. But one of the surprises in Steven Stolman's new book about the legendary fabric and wallpaper company is the extent to which Scalamandré is actually a very American story - founded in 1929 by an Italian immigrant on Long Island. “Like so many other businesses born out of the Depression,” Stolman said during an L.A. stop on his book tour, “I think that has a lot to do with the grit of immigrants, who fled some kind of depression at home and came to America with such drive.” As president of the company, Stolman has been leading his own drive, reviving the Scalamandré brand by putting its signature patterns on Lenox china , launching a Scalamandré lighting collection this fall and unleashing the company's beloved zebra pattern on sheets and pillows sold through Neiman Marcus , Gracious Home and Horchow . Those zebras also prance across the front on Stolman's book, “Scalamandré: Haute Décor” (Gibbs Smith, $75)
October 17, 2013 |
"Burton and Taylor," the new TV movie that aired Wednesday evening on BBC America, dissects the famous couple's infamous 1983 reunion when they decided to star in a revival production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives. " Playing a divorced couple whose contentious relationship was not far removed from their own, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor received some of the worst reviews of their careers. The production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York in the spring of 1983 and then toured the country, with a stop in Beverly Hills at the Wilshire Theatre (now the Saban Theatre)
October 14, 2013 |
British actress Vivien Leigh had that undefinable star quality. For 30 years, the exquisitely beautiful Leigh captivated film and theater audiences with her well-crafted, magnetic performances. In fact, Leigh won lead actress Oscars for creating two of the most indelible characters in screen history - the strong-willed, manipulative Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara in the beloved 1939 Civil War epic, "Gone With the Wind," and Tennessee Williams' fragile, faded Southern beauty Blanche DuBois in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire.
October 10, 2013 |
How do you represent a hundred years of a nation's moviemaking, especially when the country is one as vast and complex as China? In what it's calling a "preliminary" sampling, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is offering Angelenos the chance to experience a striking array of selections of Chinese cinema, from the silent gems of Shanghai's Golden Age to recently unearthed midcentury satires and more familiar art-house hits such as 2000's "In the...
October 2, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador has abruptly closed its important human rights and legal aid office, which for years, and sometimes at great risk, denounced and investigated the most egregious atrocities surrounding that country's civil war. The surprise decision became known Tuesday, when employees showed up for work at the Tutela Legal office in the Central American nation's capital, San Salvador, and found padlocks on...