May 8, 2013 |
Moviegoers well-acquainted with Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels' eyebrow-raising filmic oeuvre may be shocked to learn that his latest movie, “The Butler,” seems, at first blush, rather short on salacious surprises. This from the guy who had Nicole Kidman urinate on Zac Effron's face in last year's lurid drama “The Paperboy” and had Mo'Nique hurl a frying pan at Gabourey Sidibe's head (en route to claiming an Academy Award) in 2009's “Precious.” "The Butler" centers on Cecil Bates (Forrest Whitaker)
October 15, 1991 |
Beyond Baroque Old Venice City Hall, 681 Venice Blvd.; (310) 822-3006. Admission: $6 non-members, $3 members, students & seniors. Readings Friday evenings. * Nov. 1: Harold Brodkey. Chateau Marmont 8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (213) 472-4533. Poetry Society of America, West readings: The Act of the Poet. Free admission. Actors select their own programs; poets read from their own works. * Oct. 27: Helen Shaver, Alberto Rios. * Nov. 17: Joe Spano, Timothy Steele. * Dec.
April 11, 2008 |
Don't even think of tossing this tea into the harbor. Relax, sip, maybe even raise that pinkie finger in the air. At Le Palais des Thes in Beverly Hills -- an offshoot of the France-based tea emporium -- co-owners Randy Arnold and David Barenholtz stock 250 teas, including more than a dozen green and organic varieties for health-conscious Southern Californians.
May 11, 1994 |
The Scene: Monday's industry screening of Showtime's "Lush Life" at the Directors Guild. The film about the lives of jazz musicians airs May 20. A party followed at the Roxbury club's top floor. * Who Was There: From the film came co-star Kathy Baker (Jeff Goldblum and Forrest Whitaker were off filming). Also on hand were 400 agents and production execs.
October 29, 2006 |
THE Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards is the kickoff for the awards season, the first gala where nomination-seekers press the flesh. But it's all very discreet because the awards aren't on live TV. Also, winners know they're getting an award. What a relief! Everyone chilled at the Beverly Hilton knowing no faux pas, Freudian slip or sour puss would be seen around the globe.