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September 10, 2013 |
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot. " "Spot," however, was anything but a dog - think lion, tiger, bull, penguin, anteater, iguana, even a whale. And Worthington, the Oklahoma transplant who rode and wrestled with the exotic creatures in one of TV's wackiest and longest-running ad campaigns, kept the gag going for decades, building a cult following along with one of the most successful car dealerships west of the Mississippi.
September 6, 2013 |
TORONTO--"Blue Is the Warmest Color," the lesbian coming-of-age drama that won the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme d'Or in May, is a boiling caldron of emotion and passionate arguments. The same might be said for the film's North American press tour. Just as their movie has rolled out at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche and lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux have erupted in an unusual and extremely public feud, trading tearful recriminations and cringe-worthy denunciations.
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September 5, 2013 |
As a San Bernardino police officer, Jose Jesus Perez had hopes of becoming a vice cop. He knew prostitutes who worked in the area, authorities say, and gave tips to fellow officers on how to conduct vice investigations. But on Thursday, prosecutors alleged Perez's interest in the subject was more than professional. He was arrested and charged with forcing two prostitutes to have sex with him while he was apparently on duty. "The charges in this case describe disgraceful abuses of police authority that simply cannot be tolerated in our society," U.S. Atty.
September 1, 2013 |
In a season when individual fashion expression is taking center stage, we salute the red-carpet mavericks. When it comes to stars who do it their way, daring to step out in the unconventional and surprising, Tilda Swinton is always top of mind. A true fashion lover, she wears what she likes, often making choices with gender-bending effects and using her hair to punctuate her dramatic style. Cate Blanchett is another fearless fashion flier. When she turned up at a screening of "Blue Jasmine" in New York wearing a Balenciaga Edition cape and gown selected by the fashion house's controversial new creative director, Alexander Wang, it was a tacit stamp of approval for the 29-year-old who showed his first Balenciaga collection in Paris in February.
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August 25, 2013 |
In the back of a skid row community health center, a woman with teardrop tattoos under her eyes begins to tell her story. To a circle of other women, she says she ran away from home and joined a gang at 13. She started injecting PCP, and as a teen spent time in jail. By 22, she worked as a prostitute. At 37, she was diagnosed with HIV. Now 50, the woman known as Hilda tells the circle that the only time she took her HIV medication was when she was in jail. "Why?" someone asks.
August 23, 2013 |
"Pop star to wig star" - that's how Bob Kretschmer describes his unusual career path. The former member of the band Icehouse now works as an expert wig maker for films including Fox's "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and Sony's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. " "I find the process is the same - music and wig making," he said. "Obviously, it's a different thing you're making, but it's very creative. It's very intense. " Kretschmer, 64, who was born in Australia, traces his fascination with music and hair all the way back to Elvis Presley.
August 21, 2013 |
It's not just the French who have a better handle on sexy material than Americans -- Canadians do, too. The film "Blue Is the Warmest Color," notorious for its sexy scenes between two young women, took the top prize at Cannes this year. But it's had a hard time finding its way into American theaters. This week it was announced that it will be released this fall with an NC-17 rating, the first NC-17 film of 2013. Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring said in a statement that the company "refused to compromise [director Abdellatif]
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August 14, 2013 |
Not too long ago, I was walking along the strip in Venice and saw a man holding a cardboard sign. For 10 bucks, the sign said, you could kick the guy in the crotch. I had to ask: "How's business?" "Slow, bro," he said, as if he was trying to unload Popsicles in the dead of winter. Ah, Venice - where just about everything is for sale. Along Ocean Front Walk, you can buy beach stuff, of course - bodyboards decorated with dolphins, sunscreen jacked up to the price of shiraz.
August 9, 2013 |
ROCKMART, Ga. - Mike Patterson was known around this small town in the north Georgia hill country as a helpful and accommodating fellow. This spring, he climbed into a burning tractor-trailer and helped rescue the driver after a local highway accident. So Patterson's response after he spotted a 4-year-old girl drowning in rain-swollen Euharlee Creek on June 8 came as no surprise to anyone here. The burly drywaller dived in. But he slammed his head on the creek bottom, breaking his neck in three places.
August 8, 2013 |
In Leonora Carrington's 1938 short-story masterpiece "The Debutante," a young woman wants to disobey her mother's orders to go to a debutante ball, so she asks a hyena she has befriended to go in her place. The hyena fits into her ball gown but there is then the issue of the hyena's face so - spoiler-to-end-all-spoilers alert - they decide the hyena will tear off the maid's face and use it as her own. Aimee Bender comes from a similar planet, black-lit brazen and unapologetically wackadoodle, sidesplitting and buck wild.