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...
September 26, 2013 |
Back in 2002, there was a photo taken of the three basketball standouts at Woodland Hills Taft: Jordan Farmar, Steve Smith and Matt Cook (see above). They've done pretty good for themselves. Farmar went on to UCLA and the NBA . Smith was a standout receiver at USC and in the NFL. Cook is a big-time fashion model . They'd still be a formidable three-on-three team. Their coach, Derrick Taylor, smiles when he sees the photo and remembers the days. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
August 22, 2013 |
“Wonderfalls” (20th Century Fox DVD); “Bent” (Hulu). It will always be the case, and more often than not, that good television series are canceled before their time (and, as seems increasingly important in a serial world, their conclusion). Still, as we do with the real people of Earth, we can celebrate the life even as we mourn the death. Here are two shows cruelly cut down in their prime that nevertheless managed to tell what feel like complete stories, and both of which are still available for you to see. In stolen moments over the last couple of weeks I rewatched, in its 13-episode entirety, “Wonderfalls,” a sweetly cynical 2004 romantic fantasy whose creative team included Todd Holland, Bryan Fuller and Tim Minear, a television Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.
August 14, 2013 |
British actress Vivien Leigh is best known for her Oscar-winning roles as the headstrong Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" and as Tennessee Williams' frail, emotionally troubled Blanche DuBois in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire. " London's Victoria and Albert Museum announced Wednesday it has acquired Leigh's archive in the centenary of her birth. The V&A is home to the United Kingdom's national collection of theater and performing arts and has recently been acquiring costumes designed for film.
August 5, 2013 |
As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless. As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the military during World War II. But Kramer decided to up the ante, transforming it into a drama about racism, casting young African American actor James Edwards as the soldier who must battle discrimination in...