October 24, 2013 |
By 1980, John Landis had a string of successes under his belt - including "The Kentucky Fried Movie," "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" - but the writer-director had long been unable to get his script for "An American Werewolf in London" off the ground. Landis had written the script in 1969 as a teenager. The screenplay earned him a number of writing jobs in the ensuing years, Landis recalled this week, but "everyone, literally unanimously, had the same response, which was either 'this is too funny to be frightening' or 'this is too frightening to be funny.' And I kept saying, 'it's both.'" Finally, Universal, home to many horror classics, released the $10-million picture in 1981, and it took in more than $30 million at the domestic box office (about $86 million in today's dollars)
September 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When Condola Rashad was a little girl, her mother would often take her to work. The youngster would sit and play or watch curiously as the woman she called Mom scurried about her job. It was similar to the experience of many children, with one difference: Rashad's mother is Phylicia Rashad, who played mom Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show. " "She'd be super busy at rehearsal and I would be in her dressing room or somewhere backstage," Rashad said. "From as far back as I can remember, I would just sit right there and watch the process, not the red carpets and the glitz like some kids do but the work itself.
August 8, 2013 |
It's the shear that was heard around the world: Beyonce has a pixie cut. The pop diva shared three uncaptioned photos of her scalp-skimming 'do Wednesday on Instagram, posing demurely in a mirror as she gingerly frames shorn honey-blond locks with her hands. You can almost hear her say, "How do I look?" Big deal, you say? Kind of. Stars including Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams have all rocked out the elfin 'do for film roles and more importantly kept them to reinvent themselves, a la singers Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z through the years The "Girls (We Run the World)"
August 3, 2013 |
Diahann Carroll is no theatrical Rip Van Winkle, although one might think that was the case, going by early reports of her recently announced return to Broadway next spring opposite Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun.” The producers noted in their announcement of the revival that it will be Carroll's “first Broadway appearance in over 30 years” - the most recent one having been a brief fill-in turn in 1983...
June 20, 2013 |
Looking for something crisp and refreshing? Not overly heavy and easy to prepare? Salads are the perfect one-dish meal any time of year. Consider a chicken chopped salad with avocado vinaigrette. Avocado lends richness to the dressing, which blends fresh lime juice, a touch of Champagne vinegar, cilantro and green onions and is a bright and tangy addition to any salad. Find it in Bluewater Grill's recipe for chicken chopped salad. Or go for a spin with the chopped salad from Chaya . Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with fresh corn, avocado, cucumber and nicely spiced shrimp, this salad is fresh and bright, and it packs no shortage of heat from its jalapeño-spiced dressing.
June 20, 2013 |
As sure as the sun rises in the east, a chopped-and-screwed version of Kanye West's new album “Yeezus” was inevitable, and DJ AudiTory can lay claim to the first best version. As happens these days with most pop and hip-hop album of note, soon after its Tuesday release, slowed-down, extended edits of all 10 songs on “Yeezus” started appearing online. The remixes, created by both pros and bedroom DJs looking to tap into a syrupy, Houston-born style, have become the modern-day version of reggae “dub plates.” The best of them explore, and reveal, the nooks and crannies of a recording in ways that would otherwise go unnoticed.