July 11, 2013 |
Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity. " Gone are the days. Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd. " - characters consumed by their own stardom, however pretend, always "ready for my close-up. " These are the personalities and the city Mark Leibovich describes in "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital. " "This Town," he writes, is a place where "self-pimping has become the prevailing social and business imperative," where "self becomes fused with brands" and where, quoting the late White House spokesman Tony Snow, "no one takes friendship too personally.
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July 10, 2013 |
Last month, as they ate lunch outside a fancy London restaurant, world famous art collector Charles Saatchi physically roughed up his wife, the TV chef Nigella Lawson. Unaware that a paparazzo was snapping away , Saatchi squeezed Lawson's windpipe four times and shoved his finger up her nostril. Lawson, teary and fearful, dabbed at her eyes. Saatchi stalked out and got in their car, as she followed, sobbing. Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic went crazy. "Arti Choke," blared the inimitable New York Post.
June 30, 2013 |
Staples Center held a hell of a hip-hop concert Saturday night, one that through nearly four hours delivered some of Southern California's most accomplished rappers both young and older, as well as a singer on the cusp of superstardom. The concert was part of cable station BET's new BET Experience weekend of shows that culminates Sunday evening with its annual music awards, and the stage of the sold-out arena held L.A. MCs Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, as well as South Bay-born vocalist Miguel.
March 22, 2013 |
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
January 31, 2013 |
It's not surprising that the good folks at NBC decided to give a modernized Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde serial a go. Having made their way through vampires, zombies, werewolves and the occasional ghost/T. rex/space invader, network execs and television writers are banging up against the back wall of the monster cupboard these days, and Robert Louis Stevenson's "case study" of a physician who fatally attempts to isolate the good and bad portions of his personality remains a classic, regularly reprised in a variety of ways.
January 14, 2013 |
NeNe Leakes was looking fabulous Sunday on the Golden Globes red carpet. She even popped a twirl -- take that, Kenya! "Girl, this is how you do it," Leakes said, finishing it off with her signature catch phrase, "Bloop!" "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star was assuming her other persona -- that of an actress -- as she walked the carpet alongside Jodie Foster and Connie Britton. Leakes is a cast member in Ryan Murphy's NBC comedy "The New Normal. " Golden Globes 2013 : All nominees | Red Carpet | Winners | Ballot | Show highlights | Quotes | Best & Worst | Full coverage "I'll probably be nominated next year," she (kind of)