September 12, 2008 |
No wonder "Tired of Kissing Frogs" was big box office in Mexico. It's a delightful romantic comedy, traditional in form but contemporary in feeling. It has a great look, a scintillating cast and a bouncy pace. Its talented star, Ana Serradilla, her distinctive supporting players and her shrewd director, Jorge Colon, and his clutch of writers can catch a viewer by surprise with the film's deft finish. Suspense builds as to whether Serradilla's Martha will lose her chance at true love by a mix of shortsighted attitudes, misunderstandings and just plain bad luck.
March 2, 2008 |
Hundreds flocked to the Plaza Hotel for the landmark's reopening after a three-year, $400-million renovation. "They say this place is the world's most famous hotel," said doorman Freddy Davila, who worked for the hotel for 15 years until it closed in 2005. "It's wonderful to be back," he said as he welcomed visitors up the red-carpeted steps. The Plaza, which overlooks Central Park, opened in 1907.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2006 |
Cabdrivers line the sidewalks outside a downtown Los Angeles hotel. A few play cards in the back seat of a taxi. Others read the newspaper. But all ears are on the hotel doorman, who blows a whistle when business is near. Driver Chris Harvey is next in line for a customer. He pulls up, ready to load his passengers. But first he hands the doorman a $5 bill. Don't forget to tip the doorman, Harvey said, "or you can kiss the rest of your day's business goodbye."
April 30, 2006 |
IN a business populated by whack-a-mole operators, Andrew Brin has stood steady as a totem at the thresholds of L.A.'s "It" clubs and parties (Guy's, Spider Club, Monday nights at Les Deux, Tropicana Bar) for the better part of a decade now. He is the gentle Charon of the night, list in hand, chary smile on his face. Now he's being rewarded for his patience.
May 21, 2004 |
"Tarnation," an official selection of the 2004 Cannes Director's Fortnight, a sidebar of sorts to the Cannes film festival, is Jonathan Caouette's documentary self-portrait chronicling his chaotic upbringing in a dysfunctional Texas family and the unexpected relationship that develops with his mentally ill mother, Renee. "Tarnation" was screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where it inspired a great deal of buzz and, eventually, a distribution deal for the 31-year-old filmmaker.
HOME & GARDEN
October 16, 2003 |
New York has its doormen, ready to assist city dwellers at a moment's notice. Downtown L.A. has its concierges. Though they don't wear the bulky overcoats, funky hats and white gloves that doormen do -- besides, in L.A., who would really want to? -- and the job description differs somewhat, the basic concept is the same: Concierges put a friendly, familiar face among the sometimes mean streets surrounding a high-rise apartment or loft. Want to get from downtown L.A. to the beach without a car?