August 6, 2005
Re "Fleshy thighs on parade," Opinion, Aug. 2 Meghan Daum absolutely nailed the reason why the new Dove commercial is so uncomfortable to watch. Yes, let the professional models do their work. Also, stop pretending to celebrate our bodies as they are, if the purpose is just to sell us corrective creams. I feel no guilt about the beauty products I buy. Cleopatra was considered the world's most brilliant and intriguing woman, and she invented the luxury bath. Most women enjoy the fantasy approach.
November 7, 2010 |
Cleopatra A Life Stacy Schiff Little, Brown: 370 pp., $29.99 You think 21st century culture is celebrity-obsessed? Try Mediterranean society at the dawn of the first millennium, when politics were entirely personal, and rulers' romantic entanglements could be as important as the battles they won. Who needed movie stars, when the gargantuan appetites of the rich and famous shaped empires, not Hollywood budgets, and their out-of-wedlock offspring...
February 5, 2012 |
There's a long carpeted area on the 51st floor of the Paul Hastings Tower in downtown Los Angeles that most people would identify as a hallway. But in the eyes of Heidi Duckler, it's the site of the ancient Roman Battle of Actium. At a recent rehearsal for her latest production, the 59-year-old site-specific dance veteran assumed the role of a general as she outlined to her dancers the plan of attack for simulating the forces of Cleopatra and Mark Antony squaring off against their enemy Octavian.
May 20, 2013 |
There was the spectacle, the runaway budget, the fights with the studio. But almost everyone thinks about the 1963 movie "Cleopatra" for one thing: Liz and Dick. Martin Landau remembers the day when he realized "Cleopatra" stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were having an adulterous affair during the troubled production in Rome of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 243-minute epic. "There were days when we literally had 10,000 extras," recalled Landau, who played Rufio, the loyal right-hand man to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison)
February 20, 2011 |
More on Tom Ford: Favorite L.A. lunch: The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. But he parks at Barneys New York so he can walk to the store and check out the competition. Guilty pleasures: Hostess doughnuts and diet soft drinks. Ford gave up drinking alcohol two years ago. Guilty pleasure TV shows: "Desperate Housewives," "Glee" and the occasional reality show, though he won't say which ones. Shopping go-to: Firstdibs.com. Everyday uniform: When he's not naked ("I'm naked from 5 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday morning, he says)
May 26, 2013 |
Lore Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 Available on VOD May 28. Australian writer-director Cate Shortland garnered international attention with her 2004 debut feature, "Somersault," about a teen runaway discovering the power of her sexuality. Shortland's long-in-coming follow-up adapts the Rachel Seiffert novel "The Dark Room" (with a screenplay co-written by Robin Mukherjee), about another adolescent girl, who helps her brothers and sisters travel across postwar Germany after their Nazi parents are arrested as war criminals.