October 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat alone in a front-row folding chair before the start of a news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. He had just emerged from the museum's brand-new Anne Frank exhibition, which opens to the public Tuesday, and was visibly moved. "It was incredibly powerful," Garcetti said. "It's one of those visceral and transcendent exhibits - it hits you in the heart and the gut. " Gov. Jerry Brown also took time out of his schedule to attend the Monday VIP ribbon-cutting of "Anne," an interactive and fully immersive experience that honors the life and legacy of the teenager, who died in a Nazi concentration camp but left behind a diary that gave voice to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust.
October 3, 2013 |
Ever since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," tales of the supernatural have provided a bridge between demographics, offering a way to showcase female empowerment while still keeping the guys interested. So it was only a matter of time before Lifetime got in the game. Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel and starring such heavy hitters as Emmy-winning Julia Ormond and Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, "Witches of East End," premiering Sunday, moves the network one step further away from its sob-sister niche roots and closer to the mainstream.
October 3, 2013 |
When viewers last visited Mystic Falls, so much went down -- doppelgängers, Katherine turned human (?), Bonnie is dead, college is approaching for Elena and Caroline, etc. But the moment that had Delena fans everywhere screaming with joy (and Stelena fans screaming with rage): Elena finally chose her Salvatore brother. In the Season 4 finale, Elena chose Damon. The new season premieres Thursday night, and Ian Somerhalder, who plays bad boy Damon, hints that things won't stay rosy for the couple for long.
September 26, 2013 |
L.A.-based musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari's very personal documentary "We Came Home" chronicles the frequent trips she made to her father's homeland, Afghanistan, in its alternatingly hopeful and turbulent years following the initial routing of the Taliban after 9/11. Her father, a prominent banker-activist, had moved back to help rebuild the country's economy. Delawari's main focus, however, is a 2007 trip in which she and two colleagues recorded songs at her parents' Kabul house in collaboration with a handful of elder Afghan musicians.
August 16, 2013 |
Actor Paul Wesley, who stars on "The Vampire Diaries," and actress Torrey DeVitto listed their home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at $1.595 million and within two weeks had a bite. The house is in escrow. The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings, vintage tile, a circular dining room, an oak staircase, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,262 square feet of living space. There is a courtyard and a detached office/gym. Wesley has starred on "Diaries" since the show started in 2009.
August 8, 2013 |
Behold the cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. " It is lime green. It features Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley being tormented by eight balls. It's the eighth book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling series, and it's coming to shelves in November. And yet, in an unusual move, the "Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" book tour starts Thursday. Usually a book tour starts only after a book is on sale. That makes sense: Readers don't know much about what's inside a novel before they can open it. In the case of Kinney's books, however, readers already know about the Wimpy Kid's travails, and they're enthusiastic about getting their hands on more.