October 31, 2013 |
The most memorable magic in Daniel Alarcon's engaging and illuminating new novel, "At Night We Walk in Circles," comes when his three main characters, all actors, perform on various stages in their impoverished but beautiful country. Nelson, Henry and Patalarga are actors in a guerrilla theater company, performing the same satirical play again and again on a journey through the provinces of an unnamed Latin American country. Their "tour" has no set itinerary and their "theater" might be the living room of a local resident one night or an open field on the outskirts of a village the next.
October 31, 2013 |
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Pete Carroll did not want to acknowledge it. Nor did Lane Kiffin. During their coaching tenures at USC, whenever they were asked why it was so difficult for the Trojans to defeat the Beavers on the road, they routinely praised Oregon State Coach Mike Riley. But they usually avoided mention of another factor for fear of distracting their players. Ed Orgeron, USC's interim coach, praised Riley this week - "When the Trojans get up there, he seems to always have his team ready," he said - but he also cited an environment at Reser Stadium that will make it tough once again when the Trojans play Oregon State on Friday night.
October 28, 2013 |
R&B singer Ciara and music producer Future are getting married! The musically inclined couple got engaged over the weekend with the producer popping the question accompanied by, oh, just a little ol' 15-carat engagement ring on her 28th birthday. "Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life! #TheBestBirthdayEver," the "Get Up" singer tweeted Sunday, adding , "If I'm Dreaming I Don't Want To Wake Up..Aaaaaahhh!!!:)" PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities Future, 29, real name Nayvadius Wilburn, surprised Ciara with the ring on her birthday weekend when they were in New York City, the couple's rep told People.
October 26, 2013 |
Rising above the Sturm und Drang , the entertainment stories that managed to captivate Twitter and move the cultural thermometer during this past week's news cycle seemed to cohere around a thematic grouping. Call it a kind of autumnal stirring. Last week the bold-faced names, companies and IPs that made the biggest headlines could be seen as all having somehow grown up or beyond expected boundaries and outgrowing expectations (without ever entirely toppling the prescribed order of things)
October 24, 2013 |
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen. This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles - places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life.
October 23, 2013 |
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are officially engaged and Kardashian has a 15-carat diamond to prove it. [Los Angeles Times] Elle has drawn some flak for wrapping zaftig actress Melissa McCarthy in a bulky coat on one of the four alternate covers of its November Women in Hollywood issue. But McCarthy, who looks beautifully glamorous in the shot, told E! she is the one who wanted to wear the Marina Rinaldi coat because she lives in California and was sick of summer. [E!] McCarthy was honored at Elle's annual Women in Hollywood party in Beverly Hills on Monday along with Marion Cotillard, Nancy Meyers, Shailene Woodley, Naomie Harris, Reese Witherspoon and Eva Marie Saint.