CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 |
Alain Resnais, the French filmmaker whose intellectual experiments with time, memory and imagination yielded such celebrated films as "Last Year at Marienbad," has died. He was 91. Resnais was editing drafts of his next project even from his hospital bed, his longtime producer, Jean-Louis Livi, told the Associated Press. Resnais, who died Saturday, was renowned for reinventing himself during each of his full-length films, which included the acclaimed "Hiroshima Mon Amour" in 1959 and most recently "Life of Riley," which was honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago. In France, he won two Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars, and, in 2009, received a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
March 2, 2014 |
Disney's “Frozen,” directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, won the Oscar for animated feature Sunday. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” the film centers on Anna (voiced by Kristin Bell) and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), sister princesses of Arendelle. When Elsa accidentally unleashes an eternal winter upon Arendelle after an emotional outburst at her coronation, she flees the kingdom and Anna sets off to search for her in order to save their homeland and mend their relationship.
March 1, 2014 |
The period drama "12 Years a Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2014 |
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
February 28, 2014 |
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
February 25, 2014 |
Facebook has begun notifying users that it plans on retiring its '@facebook.com' email addresses in a few days, bringing to a close a failed initiative by the company to replace users' email with its own messaging system. The company this week said it has begun notifying those who use "@facebook.com" that soon they will no longer be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox. Come March, any emails sent to users' "@facebook.com" addresses will be forwarded to the address they have listed as their primary email.
February 24, 2014 |
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, officially came to a close on Sunday with a ceremony that drew heavily on centuries of Russian culture. In addition to music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, there were performances by the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Ballets, as well as an homage to artist Marc Chagall. Sunday's closing ceremony took place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium and was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ceremony opened with a hologrammatic montage set to passages from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.
February 24, 2014 |
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have seen it performed in a prominent professional venue, take to a Soviet-era Russian ballet about the French Revolution that's said to have been Josef Stalin's favorite? And does $2.5 million in seed money from billionaire businessman and arts philanthropist David H. Koch guarantee that American Ballet Theatre's new take on “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson (Broadway's “The Lion King”)
February 22, 2014 |
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
February 21, 2014 |
A look at the top events on Saturday at the Sochi Olympics: MEN'S SLALOM The U.S. hasn't been a factor in the men's slalom in a long time, so don't expect a sweep of the slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin's win on the women's side. Even though Ted Ligety won the giant slalom, it doesn't really translate to the tighter gates of the traditional race. The winner will probably come from Austria, Germany or Norway. FOUR-MAN BOBSLED Steven Holcomb is hoping to become the first U.S. driver to win back-to-back Olympic golds in 82 years.