July 23, 2013 |
Van Dyke Parks has a story for everything in his life, from the name of his pet schnauzer to the mug in which he served a visitor coffee on a recent morning at his antique-lined home in Pasadena. "You know where I got that cup?" asked Parks, an important figure on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene since the mid-1960s, when he wrote allusive lyrics for the Beach Boys' ill-fated "Smile" album. The mug was emblazoned with the logo of the New York Flute Club, founded nearly a century ago by Georges Barrère, whose grandson Paul went on to play in the band Little Feat with one of Parks' best friends, the late Lowell George.
July 15, 2013 |
Asked to describe the Dodgers' season up to the All-Star break, Manager Don Mattingly didn't know what to say. "Well . . . " he started. He leaned his head to one side, then the other. "It's been obviously unscripted," Mattingly said. "It ended up OK. We survived it. " Even after a 3-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers went into the All-Star break only 21/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West. Winners in 17 of their last 22 games, they are 47-47.
June 25, 2013 |
Don't let the word "pub" in the name Pub 1842 name fool you. At the culinary helm of the new MGM Grand eatery is Michael Mina, who's taking a step back from his usual fine dining. Mina, whose other Las Vegas outposts include American Fish at Aria and his namesake Michael Mina at Bellagio, has brought his creative culinary skills to his newest eatery with dishes diners are unlikely to find elsewhere. The place features a variety of burgers, but they're far from the traditional fare.
June 12, 2013
SAN ANTONIO — Who said the San Antonio Spurs couldn't have a good time? And show a little flash? They ran up, down and over the Miami Heat, 113-77, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, discarding their bland, vanilla reputation for something a lot more peppery. They never trailed, completely quashed LeBron James and kept their fans roaring the entire time while taking a 2-1 series lead at AT&T Center. Here's all that needed to be known: Danny Green and Gary Neal outscored James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, 51-43, as the Spurs took a step closer to their fifth championship since 1999.
May 9, 2013 |
Every filmmaker in Hollywood worth his final cut has a signature visual flourish that functions something like a filmic fingerprint. For Martin Scorsese, it's the long, uninterrupted tracking shot. For John Woo, the balletic deployment of two-handed gun violence. Wes Anderson never met a painterly tableau he didn't like. And Steven Spielberg favors the slow zoom in just about every one of his movies. J.J. Abrams , meanwhile, tends toward a cinematographic trope that looks, at first glance, like a screw-up -- lens flare -- i.e. intentionally flooding the camera frame with light to deliberately wash out or obscure the imagery on-screen.
May 8, 2013 |
Google paid animated homage Wednesday to iconic designer and artist Saul Bass with one of its more lively Doodles. To mark what would have been the movie title designer's 93 rd birthday, the Google cartoon recaps several of Bass' films using his signature jagged edges and scattered text to the tune of Dave Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance. " Bass, born in New York in 1920, worked in Hollywood with such film greats as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese.