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March 23, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79. Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with her four children at her side, publicist Sally Morrison said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Mickey Rooney played Elizabeth Taylor's trainer in "Lassie Come Home.
February 20, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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: Everyday uniform: When he's not naked ("I'm naked from 5 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday morning, he says)
January 21, 2011 | By Fred Schruers, Special to The Los Angeles Times
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 ?
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. 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.
December 24, 2010 | By Ramie Becker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The year 2011 seems an odd one, no doubt, what with the approaching end of the Mayan Calendar, a longish recession and a slow-building recovery. Evidently, though, nothing makes for a good party like a hint of trouble, because party-planning Angelenos are stoking the fires for full-steam New Year's Eve wildness. Yes, the massive street parties of recent New Year's Eves are gone, but in their wake come dozens of more focused and pressure-cooked parties for all tastes, from well-curated indie rock shows to big DJ parties where you can dance yourself to exhaustion, from highbrow mansion parties to tiki-torch feasts.
November 7, 2010 | Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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...
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.
July 25, 2010 | Times staff writers
69 BC to 30 BC Cleopatra is undoubtedly a clotheshorse. Everyday clothing worn by most women in her time includes underdresses of linen or silk with an over-robe, sometimes of the same material. An outer-cloak, or palla , is worn over both those garments. Women of substance wear bright colors such as scarlet and yellow, historians say. Cleopatra's sandals may very well be Roman; her jewels and crowns, many. But where the heck does she put all this stuff? Most likely in chests and baskets.
April 18, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Archaeologists think they may be close to locating the graves of the doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony in a temple on the Mediterranean Sea just west of Alexandria, Egypt. For years, researchers have been seeking the graves of the famed pair, celebrated in plays and movies, but all the leads have proved fruitless.
April 5, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
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.
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