December 20, 2012 |
The South Korean import "Whatcha Wearin'?" is as sweet and silly and, at times, raunchy as any Hollywood-hatched romantic comedy. Still, even if it's not all that distinguishable from its stateside brethren, the film manages enough sparkly charm and warm comedy to offer a few hours of featherweight fun. The meet-cute here between the recently dumped Hyun-Seung (Ji Sung) and the long-partnered Yun-jung (Kim Ah-joong) involves an accidental phone sex session that's contrived, but also amusing and sexy.
November 12, 2012 |
My colleague Carla Hall and I see eye-to-eye on many things, but on some issues, we see something more like drumstick-to-lentils. That is to say, we couldn't have disagreed more on the Los Angeles City Council's call to residents to go meatless on Mondays as a way to lose weight, eat more healthfully and help the environment. She loved the idea -- see her blog post below -- I rolled my eyes, and we agreed on dueling blog posts. Gentle resolution or not, from my perspective, the council went over the line on this one. Yes, this is just a suggestion . But you have to wonder where the council members get the idea that their particular view of diet, nutrition and the environment is the one to put forth as official if voluntary policy.
October 18, 2012 |
Septuagenarians give communal living a go in "All Together," a comedy that manages to avoid many of the predictable pitfalls and pratfalls that such a scenario suggests. Until it surrenders to them. The feature involves five longtime friends with a shared history of leftist politics, and features Jane Fonda's return to French movies after 40 years. Writer-director Stéphane Robelin's setup, and the unsentimental performances, promise something tougher than the usual twinkly eyed-oldsters routine.
October 2, 2012 |
See these tiny, adorable kittens, their eyes so wide, their tiny ears so perky? Your boss probably thinks they're a distraction, but they actually may have boosted your concentration and productivity. Turns out that puppies, baby harp seals and other Knut-like creatures aren't just good for winning points on the “Aww” index. Beyond the uncontrollable surge of affection they inspire, cute animals may also influence behavior, according to researchers from Hiroshima University. Tests showed that an image of fluffy little critters “not only improves fine motor skills but also increases perceptual carefulness.” They could be used “to induce careful behavioral tendencies in specific situations, such as driving and office work,” according to the report.
August 8, 2012 |
OK, we can admit it, we've picked up a strange obsession with the whirlwind romance of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Maybe it's the matching outfits, the songs, the constant paparazzi shots of their jetsetting, or maybe it's just the anticipation of an over-the-top wedding (televised in a two-part series on E!, of course), divorce and resulting breakup album full of epic beats and pining lyrics courtesy of Ye -- too soon? The cute pair got even cuter -- and matchy-matchy, of course -- in a promo for the upcoming Video Music Awards.
August 6, 2012 |
Rabid sports fans love to wear their allegiances on their sleeves -- or T-shirts, caps or sweats. But up until a couple of years ago, pickings were slim for the fan who also happened to be a fashionista. The National Football League saw this lack of cute, feminine fan gear as a problem that needed to be solved -- or as a marketing opportunity -- and two years ago launched an initiative to offer and promote some chicer options. Starting Tuesday, the NFL Women's Apparel Campaign gets off to its third season with ads in September issues of women's magazines showcasing the latest collection.