August 5, 2010 |
For the fourth season of "Mad Men," the viewers and characters of Matthew Weiner's elegantly icy show are returning to a landscape blown open by divorce, a new business and the now-cresting cultural revolution of the '60s. Gone are the days of Betty and Don Draper exchanging curt pleasantries at the dinner table. Instead, it's 1964 — the Beatles are invading with their mop tops, and little Sally Draper's become a latchkey kid. For Jon Hamm and January Jones, the AMC series' marquee actors who have each been nominated for Emmys (along with several other cast members)
May 10, 2012 |
It's doubtful that locals will see anything quite like “Copy” at Theatre of NOTE anytime soon. Padraic Duffy's precocious absurdist exercise is, for much of its length, strangely hilarious. On Naomi Kasahara's copier-dominated set, secretary Betty (fearless Gabby Sanalitro) and Boss (Troy Blendell, edgy yet sensitive) discuss his lunchtime dismay. Tuna isn't what he ordered, so he leaves Betty, who buries her face in the offending sandwich with orgasmic gusto. Only Boss changes his mind, tuna's fine, and hints of pathos appear.
June 1, 1989 |
Here are excerpts of House Speaker Jim Wright's statement Wednesday: For 34 years I have had the great privilege to be a member of this institution, the people's House, and I shall forever be grateful for that wondrous privilege. . . . And I love this institution. And I want to assure each of you that under no circumstances, having spent more than half of my life here, this House being my home, would I ever knowingly or intentionally do or say anything to violate its rules or detract from its standards.
February 17, 2011 |
In writer-director David Burton Morris' inept "Immigration Tango," set in sunny Miami Beach, two couples switch partners to avoid an imminent deportation. It might have been a premise for an effective romantic comedy that pointed up the plight of undocumented immigrants, but Morris and his co-writers aren't up to the task. Elika Portnoy plays Elena, a Russian whose visa is about to run out; her Colombian lover Carlos (Carlos Leon) is facing a similar problem. So Mike (McCaleb Burnett)
August 31, 1987 |
In 1954, Elinor Donahue became a role model for a whole generation of young women. As the 17-year-old daughter Betty on "Father Knows Best," the 1950s equivalent of "The Cosby Show," Donahue was, in a way, a forerunner of the feminist movement. When Betty went off to college instead of getting married and settling down, parents everywhere began to think of sending their own daughters to college too. Three decades later, Donahue has become a TV mom herself.
September 3, 1999 |
Ana Kokkinos' "Head On" plunges straight into the eye of the storm that is the life of Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a handsome, ultra-masculine gay 19-year-old Greek Australian youth who finds himself in rapidly escalating conflict with his claustrophobic ethnic community, with its strong machismo and allegiance to rigid family values. Anyone of any generation who has ever felt at odds with his or her environment can identify with the characters in "Head On."
April 14, 2005 |
The best part about writing these columns? Attractive women all over L.A. stop me on the street to ask fun little relationship questions. Things like, "Why are you staring at me?" and "What made you think I wanted to date you?" Once those awkward moments pass, they do seem curious about one other thing: "Why are so many men attracted to volatile women?" Good question.
June 6, 1985 |
Lucille Walker of Beverly Hills has been wearing out a lot of shoe leather in her search for Half-Peds (toe protectors), because they are so great for wearing with open-toe shoes and under panty hose, but she's had no luck at all. Surely, she wonders, somebody must be selling this item or something similar. And she hopes they have a little padding on the sole.