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November 22, 2006 |
Francis Girod, 62, a French director and screenwriter whose films featured such actresses as Catherine Deneuve and Romy Schneider, died early Sunday of a heart attack in Bordeaux, France. Girod, who was making a television movie in the southwestern wine capital, died at his hotel, according to members of his crew. After briefly working as a broadcast journalist in the 1960s, Girod learned the movie trade at the side of directors Jean-Pierre Mocky and Roger Vadim.
August 3, 2007 |
Move over, Scarlett Johansson. Mikhail Gorbachev is the new face of Louis Vuitton. The former Soviet leader is to appear in an ad campaign for the French luxury label, along with Steffi Graf and her husband, Andre Agassi, and Catherine Deneuve, the company said Thursday. Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the ads focus on travel -- a "core value" for the company that started in 1854 as a trunk maker, the statement said.
January 14, 2010
No one needs to be told the importance of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the great French actor of his generation and the star of films such as "Breathless," "Pierrot le Fou" and "That Man From Rio." The 76-year-old veteran rarely visits Los Angeles but he is here this weekend to receive the L.A. Film Critics Life Achievement Award and as part of his trip he has agreed to introduce the LACMA screening of "Mississippi Mermaid," the 1969 Francois Truffaut-directed film in which he costars with Catherine Deneuve.
March 19, 1987 |
(Italy, 1986, 10 p.m.) A gentle, golden-toned contemporary comedy-drama about an impressive household of women from an aristocratic family, headed by Liv Ullmann and her philandering, separated husband, Philippe Noiret, who live in and around their run-down estate in Tuscany.
August 7, 2003 |
French stars turned out in force Wednesday to pay emotional tribute to French actress Marie Trintignant, who died last week after sustaining severe head injuries in a domestic drama that shocked France. She was 41. Trintignant was buried at the French capital's Pere Lachaise cemetery, resting place of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and American rocker Jim Morrison.
October 11, 2009 |
American women may drop billions to look fabulous, but someone else holds the title to the ultimate in allure: the French woman. Is it any coincidence that the French coined the term femme fatale ? You know the type, a woman who's impossibly svelte and chic, with a certain aloofness and an aura suggesting that she knows something we don't about sexuality and seduction, a woman with that elusive quality known as je ne sais quoi. So is there truth to the stereotype? Yes and no. The mysterious creature people find so fascinating is partly real and partly steeped in myth, forged by icons such as Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, says Debra Ollivier, author of the new book "What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind."
September 29, 2013 |
Jean Paul Gaultier staged his own version of TV's "Dancing With the Stars" Saturday night at Paris Fashion Week, complete with a judges panel and an elevated catwalk-turned-dance floor for models and dancers to strut their stuff. There was model Coco Rocha playing the part of Danny Zuko in "Grease," trained ballet dancer-turned-model Karlie Kloss showing off her vogue-ing moves, and choreographer Blanca Li in the arms of the designer himself. (They even managed a lift!) Key pieces: Leather shorts and tiered dance dresses with moto jacket-inspired pockets, zippers and snaps.
August 13, 2012 |
Michael Phelps is certainly used to the water, but perhaps not in a high fashion context. The most decorated Olympian on record has a new addition to his impressive résumé: Louis Vuitton model. The 27-year-old, arguably the biggest star of the just-closed London Olympics, appears in a new campaign promoting the brand's high-end range of day bags and luggage. Shot by Annie Leibovitz (who just took a different sort of dip with Russell Brand), Phelps appears only in a black speedo and some goggles, submerged in a stark bathtub beside a Vuitton tote. Initial reactions to the ad called it "moody," but the Ministry commends Phelps for working a little "Zoolander" blue steel after winning all those gold medals in the U.K. A second campaign shot features Phelps in three-piece suit (so versatile!
August 28, 1991
Rupert Allan, whose multifaceted career included stints as Marilyn Monroe's press agent and as consul general for the principality of Monaco, has died. A spokeswoman for the public relations firm of Stone/Hallinan Associates, where he was a director, said Allan was 78 when he died in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home of the complications of age. One of this city's best-known publicists, Allan had been a naval intelligence officer, journalist, magazine editor and Rhodes Scholar.
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August 19, 2012 |
"Top Gun" director Tony Scott jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon. He was 68. His body was pulled out of the water by Los Angeles Port Police, who were the first on the scene. Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said. A source said officials looked inside the car and determined it belonged to the famed action-movie director and producer.