November 2, 2011 |
Hello, Angry Birds. Until recently, we thought Hello Kitty was the campiest highflying animal. That was only because we didn't know about Angry Birds (and a tip of the hat to Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press for informing us). Taiwanese airline EVA on Monday debuted a new generation of Hello Kitty aircraft, with A330-300 jets decorated using Sanrio 's iconic Japanese feline. You can see the cat on the craft , of course, but according to an EVA news release issued before the debut flight, "At check-in, passengers on these aircraft receive Hello Kitty boarding passes and baggage stickers.
October 25, 2011 |
While vintage horror films are being dusted off for annual Halloween marathons, one band is combing through classic titles to solidify its set list. The members of Nilbog love horror. But they appreciate the sinister, electro-rock orchestrations that anchor the slasher flicks even more. The Los Angeles-based, five-piece act covers the scores of horror, sci-fi and giallo films (an Italian genre of horror fiction such as Dario Argento's "Sleepless"), and they are certain there's no other outfit like them.
October 25, 2011 |
McDonald's McRib is back. The barbecue sauce-slathered, tangy pork sandwich that launched more fan sites than many rock stars has once again started showing up in McDonald's restaurants nationwide. The last time the McRib made a limited-time appearance — in fall 2010 after being sporadically available for 16 years — customers went whole hog, driving McDonald's U.S. sales up 4.8% in a month. And it's likely to again be a hit, at least among the McRib faithful that made the sandwich — which has no actual ribs — a cult favorite.
October 21, 2011 |
"Martha Marcy May Marlene," with a frightfully fearless Elizabeth Olsen playing all of those Ms, is a difficult title that perfectly suits this wonderfully difficult film. It'd be easy enough to say this is a drama about the destructive power of cults on youth, which it is, but really what writer-director Sean Durkin has given us is an existential thriller about identity and just how tenuous a grasp we have on who we really are. Already a hit on the festival circuit, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" is also a coming-out party of sorts — an impressive first feature for Durkin and a potent debut for its star, still best known as the Olsen twins' younger sister.
October 18, 2011 |
More than a week after the issue of Mitt Romney's faith became an open conversation in the Republican race for president, Rick Perry said the pastor who called Mormonism a cult simply "expressed an opinion," one that he did not agree with. Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress endorsed Perry and introduced the Texas governor at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, calling him "a true conservative" and "a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. " Speaking later with reporters, Jeffress said he agreed with the belief widely held among evangelicals that Mormonism was a cult, and that in a contest between Perry and Romney, "we ought to prefer a born-again follower of Christ.
October 16, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — Elizabeth Olsen recently experienced something that had never happened to her: She was recognized by a stranger. "It was really weird. I was walking in Tribeca and a guy just came up to me and said, 'I just saw the trailer for your movie, and I'm really looking forward to it,' and then he kept on walking," the young actress recalled. Then she added uncertainly, "I hope he wasn't confusing me with someone else. " That she would find this exchange exciting might seem, well, really weird in its own right.
October 10, 2011 |
Mitt Romney has been reluctant thus far to address controversial comments from a supporter of Rick Perry equating the Mormon religion with a cult. Jon Huntsman -- not so much. In an interview with CNN on Monday afternoon, the former Utah governor, who, like Romney, is a Mormon, called Pastor Robert Jeffress a "moron" (video below). "The fact that some moron can stand up and make a comment like that ... [is] outrageous," Huntsman told Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room. " "Anyone who is associated with someone willing to make those comments ought to distance themselves in very bold language.
August 30, 2011 |
When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, "Events, my dear boy, events. " That's because events tend to throw everybody off their plan. For example, Hurricane Irene ended President Obama's vacation early. And the hurricane's steady deterioration upset the plans of news producers who anticipated something more dramatic for their wall-to-wall coverage. In a similar fashion, Obama and his advisors predicted the economy would do better — much better — than it has, and those predictions were wrong.
July 27, 2011
MUSIC Bob Mould Best known as frontman of the hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü and the alt-rock outfit Sugar, he is now a published memoirist, having recently released "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. " Mould will read from the book and perform songs from his deep catalog. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega, L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350. http://www.largo-la.com. Cults The New York duo's blend of '60s girl group pop and modern indie productions has made them a much-buzzed act. But their sweet sound is laced with creepiness and evil edges — check the video for "Go Outside," which finds them digitally grafted into a scene from the Jonestown massacre.
June 25, 2011 |
High-end beauty chain Space NK could be considered the luxury Sephora. The British retailer, which launched in 1993 in the form of a single, unassuming shop in Covent Garden, London, features an expertly edited selection of founder Nicky Kinnaird's favorite under-the-radar beauty discoveries from around the globe. While Sephora has brands we all know and love, Space NK has brands we never even knew we were looking for. The now-international company will launch its first freestanding retail store on the West Coast on Monday at the Brentwood Country Mart, featuring more than 60 brands of beauty and wellness products — in the categories of skin care, cosmetics, hair care, fragrances, home scents and gifts.