May 14, 1989
Stanford's claim of Greek/Macedonian/Iranian (Persian) ancestry for Cleopatra is historically accurate. Her Ptolemaic ancestry (Greek/Macedonian) goes back to Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great; she was also descended from the Seleucid dynasty of Persia. No historian has discovered any trace of African blood in either the Seleucids or Ptolemies. Just because Cleopatra's father was depicted as black doesn't make him so: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been called the second coming of Gandhi, but does that make him Indian?
June 22, 2012 |
I've come to dislike the s-word (staycation), but here's a tip for those planning to stay close to home this summer: Check out the Endless Summer in Downtown LA website. It lists deals and discounts as well as free concerts, art walks and more. The deal: The Downtown Center Business Improvement District , of all things, has compiled a bunch of deals and freebies that last through the summer. The website is easy to use and has a handy calendar of events. Locals, travelers, just about anyone can cash in on these deals, no registration required.
August 2, 2012 |
Former Dior creative head John Galliano, who famously lost his job last year amid a scandal over anti-Semitic rants (and who subsequently went to rehab to deal with the underlying causes of his meltdown) reportedly is considering moving to Los Angeles. [The Hollywood Reporter] Fame, Lady Gaga's much-hyped first fragrance, went on sale in a pop-up shop in Tokyo's Harajuku district. It won't be available in the States until September. [WWD] Katy Perry is on the cover of Elle's September issue, wearing a candy-pink dress.
March 24, 2011
Is there any doubt that Elizabeth Taylor defined "celebrity" for the modern age? With her violet eyes, blockbuster jewelry (which she owned, as opposed to today's stars, who borrow or steal it), tempestuous romances and influential charities, she was someone we could never quite stop watching. FOR THE RECORD: Liz: A March 24 editorial on the death of Elizabeth Taylor mentioned her marriage to "then-Sen. John Warner of Virginia. " He was not yet a senator when they married.
January 5, 2011
MOVIES Focus on Female Directors Eight women filmmakers ? some of them promising experimentalists, some established Oscar winners, one of them Kirsten Dunst ? have their short films screened at the Egyptian Theatre as part of the American Cinematheque's event. Egyptian Theatre , 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $11. http://www.americancinematheque.com The Golden Bed Cecil B. DeMille is best remembered for grand epics such as "Cleopatra" and "The Ten Commandments," but he was equally adept at crafting melodramas.
March 22, 1998 |
"Intolerance" (1916) budget: about $2.5 million domestic gross: not available D.W. Griffith's landmark 1915 "Birth of a Nation" had audiences lining up to pay an unheard-of $2. That wasn't the case with "Intolerance." Two years in the making, with 45 stars and 10,000 extras, the film, into which Griffith had sunk $386,000, was released just as America entered World War I, and its pacifist theme left audiences cold.
January 21, 2011 |
In a season where every upright consumer of pop culture is expected to have the knowledge to make a decent showing in their Oscar pool, or at least join in the dinner-party bavardage about who has the best shot at a statuette, Debra Ann Pawlak's book "Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy" would seem to have a natural readership. Although she does draw the curtain back on the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reveal a cavalcade of greedy, feuding siblings ?
October 4, 2010 |
On Vine Street just north of Hollywood Boulevard, valets stand at attention, ready to usher guests into the new Redbury Hotel. The latest project from SBE's Sam Nazarian, the hotel design braids elements of Morocco, France and Egypt into an exotic, Old-Hollywood look. The hotel restaurant is called Cleo after the Egyptian queen, and for those who don't quite get it, a giant black-and-white photo of Theda Bara from the 1917 film "Cleopatra" greets visitors at the entrance. She's fabulously fierce with hooded eyes and a revealing costume that probably wouldn't raise eyebrows on Hollywood Boulevard these days.
April 5, 2009 |
Two shoemakers, one with white hair, the other much younger, hammer and sew beneath the torn awning of their shop in a downtown bazaar. "When I first started working here, he wasn't even in this world," says the older one, nodding toward the younger. "You've been here since 1959," says the younger one, squinting and running thread through a silver sewing machine. "You put my grandfather and my father in their graves, and I hope you don't put me in mine." The older one ponders that possibility.