August 2, 2009 |
The Soloist DreamWorks, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. deliver strong performances in "The Soloist," the adapted-from-real-life tale about the friendship between homeless, Juilliard-trained musician Nathaniel Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who tried to help him get his life back in order.
July 13, 2009 |
Two news items chased Beyonce into the Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday, when she finally brought her latest world tour to the Southland after four months on the road. One had the singer earning the top spot on Forbes magazine's "young rich list" as the highest-earning celebrity under 30. The other, more gossipy story involved a rumor that she has banned photographers from shooting her from certain angles during her show, because she sweats too much.
April 23, 2009 |
That well put-together guy looking like a Bond villain, getting all the glances from assorted ladies at a trendy West Hollywood poolside bar, is a recognizable face but hardly a household name -- Idris Elba. The actor is having one of those moments when he seems to be everywhere, in a chilling guest spot on HBO's "The No.
November 16, 2008 |
On a recent slate-gray afternoon in New York, Beyonce zipped quickly through the front door of trendy Rivington Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The singer, her hair pulled back tightly, was wearing an immaculate black suit and perfectly knotted necktie that gave her a playful "VictorVictoria" look, one suggesting to the gawking bystanders that the Rivington's latest guest just might be the world's most Superfly stockbroker.
November 13, 2008 |
In the press release for her ambitious, somewhat befuddling double album -- the deluxe edition, with extra tracks, is currently streaming on her MySpace page -- Beyonce Knowles discusses her newly revealed alter ego, Sasha Fierce. "She's the party girl, she's Bootylicious," says the singer-songwriter-movie star-mogulista. "She is but I'm not. She's my alter ego. I'm finally revealing who I am." The contradiction built into that brief comment says much about Beyonce's artistic predicament.
October 10, 2008 |
Beyonce is a married lady now, but she's still all caught up in the drama of love's first glances and final door slams. It's refreshing that she's staying in character: When artists such as Mary J. Blige start making music about how happy they are with their chubby hubbies, it might be sincere, but it also serves the function of feeding the tabloids. Beyonce and her Hova (spouse Jay-Z's nickname) always have kept business and pleasure separate, which imparts dignity to their relationship and lets her be an artist first, a personality second.