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September 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Two GOP lawmakers who will compete next year for a seat on the state Board of Equalization are now duking it out in court. Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point) recently sued state Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) for defamation and emotional distress after he made comments about legal troubles facing Harkey and her husband during a July speech to a Tea Party group. Harkey's husband, Dan, has been embroiled in a lawsuit by more than 40 plaintiffs alleging fraud by his company Point Center Financial.
September 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- There's been a lot of grousing about New York Fashion Week this season -- the packed crowds, the packed schedule, the faraway venues. And on Sunday afternoon, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, answered with a feel-good show that reminded everyone not to take it all so seriously. There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk). And a front row full of glittering Hollywood, fashion and media world fixtures, including Von Furstenberg's husband Barry Diller, as well as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Allison Williams, Jessica Alba and Bella Thorne. On the runway was some high-wattage talent too, including model Naomi Campbell leading the finale in a black-and-gold dress.
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.
June 28, 2013 |
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter found the perfect dress for her current tour -- a sparkly, silk sequined ankle-length Diane von Furstenberg gown with a generous leg slit and equally generous decolletage and voluminous half-butterfly sleeves -- quite by accident. "I actually bought it for a benefit I was going to," Potter told us backstage at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday night. "But I've ended up wearing it just about every night. The only time I haven't worn it in the last three weeks was when it was being dry-cleaned.
May 30, 2013
Marco Breuer practices photography in a sculptural, performative sense, redefining the medium as physical and primal through embossing, scratching and scraping. With "Now and a Half," the artist asserts, in the most exciting and expansive ways, the objecthood and materiality of the photograph. His enterprise is defiant and liberating. Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, 831 N. Highland Ave., through June 8. http://www.dianerosenstein.com .
May 30, 2013
In Sarah Polley's unconventional documentary, "Stories We Tell," "truth" is a relative term when family secrets are involved. The Canadian actress-writer-director's quest is resolving her parentage. Did she have another father, as childhood teasing suggested, in addition to the beloved Michael Polley, who raised her and thought her his own? Her mother, Diane, died when Polley was 11. Had she lived, perhaps Polley would have had the answer long ago and the film left uncontemplated. In Diane's absence, everyone has opinions - family members, her mother's friends and lovers.
May 24, 2013 |
FX's new summer drama "The Bridge" has many common elements of contemporary thrillers: a sadistic serial killer, mismatched detectives and a desperate race against time. But "The Bridge" is distinguished by a hot-button issue that brings an edgy topicality to the usual formula - the politics and controversy behind the border between the United States and Mexico. In this drama, the detectives aren't the only ones at odds. It's a tale of two cities that couldn't be more different: the serene metropolis of El Paso and the more dangerous region of Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico, where large drug cartels wreak havoc and murderous mayhem.
May 23, 2013 |
Veteran actress Diane Ladd has put her gated compound in Ojai up for sale at $4.45 million. The main house, built in 1986, features a wraparound porch, four bedrooms and five bathrooms and 4,314 square feet of living space. There is a separate guest house, offices, hobby room and three-car garage. The 2.38-acre site includes mature trees, stone walkways, a mediation garden, yoga pavilion, tennis court, swimming pool and a greenhouse. Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Ladd, 80, has scores of film and television credits.
April 25, 2013 |
Don't be fooled into thinking that "The Big Wedding" is about the fetching young bride and groom. This is gross-out humor for the senior set. With raunchy comedies all the rage, I guess it was inevitable that sooner or later someone would go for the AARP crowd. FOR THE RECORD: "The Big Wedding": A movie review of "The Big Wedding" in the April 26 Calendar section misspelled Colombia as Columbia. - "The Big Wedding" is unabashed and unashamed, though its cast of top-tier talent should be, starting with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon.
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April 23, 2013 |
As the wise, dryly humorous psychiatrist caring for shellshocked surgeons and troops in the hit television series "MASH," actor Allan Arbus was so convincing that at least one colleague assumed he had expertise in the medical specialty. In 1973, the first season of the long-running CBS show about a mobile Army hospital during the Korean War, series star Alan Alda would often sit with Arbus between takes, questioning him about psychiatric theories. Alda, who played Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce, said in an interview Tuesday, "He was so authentic in the role it was hard to believe that he wasn't that person.