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March 8, 2014 |
Sarah Palin has smartly forsaken a career in politics for a career in political entertainment. Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference. By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.
March 8, 2014 |
We have an international incident at the Cadillac Championship after Ian Poulter of England blasted playing partner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan on Twitter as an "idiot" for damaging the 13th green at Doral, Fla., with his putter after missing a par putt on Friday. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel noticed the half-inch gash in the green when lining up a 12-foot par putt on the same line while playing in a group behind Matsuyama and Poulter. An official was called to the scene of the crime and repaired the green.
March 7, 2014 |
Much like the brave but ultimately doomed Spartan soldiers of "300," Eva Green might have been up against insurmountable odds in her role as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire," Noam Murro's sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 hit. Film critics agree that Green's performance as the villainess Artemisia is the best part of the sword-and-sandal spectacle, but they said even she can't save it from mediocrity. The Times' Betsy Sharkey wrote , "The one to watch is Artemisia, and not just because Green gets the best costumes -- leather and chainmail has rarely been as fetching -- but because her character is as tactical a warrior as Themistokles [ Sullivan Stapleton, the movie's hero]
March 4, 2014 |
The hectic pace of the Oscar night coverage here at All The Rage central meant we never got a chance to check out this year's winning Red Carpet Green Dress looks, which were revealed to the world Sunday afternoon as Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz hit the Academy Awards red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The details of the outfits' eco-friendiness, provided by the challenge's organizers, are fascinating. Among them: Kurylenko's gown is 100% GOTS certified organic peace silk and 100% GOTS certified organic silk, hand-dyed with Sappanwood (considered sustainable because of its fast growth rate)
February 28, 2014 |
Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag. Why does he like it so much? another character asks him. "Because [Ivan] survives," he answers flatly. Likening the psychic terrain of young adulthood to a prison camp (where illusions die ignoble deaths and defying authority is a prerequisite for forging one's identity)
February 26, 2014
Re "Farmers caught up in food safety net," Feb. 24 In the future we all might be eating Soylent Green. Remember that movie about the overstressed, overcrowded planet with scarce food supplies and strange regulations not based on common sense but on economic control? The food safety advocates and federal regulators whose efforts to protect the public may end up shutting down organic farms should take an organic gardening class. Grow some food and cook it, preferably without latex gloves on. Anne Geisler Encinitas ALSO: Letters: Dual water meters could be costly Letters: Closed libraries are a civic disgrace Letters: A Holocaust survivor's uplifting story
February 26, 2014 |
For Academy Award winners and presenters, the Architectural Digest green room is a backstage oasis of pampering calm, a place where the stars can perch on bar stools without rumpling their clothes and steady themselves with a cup of coffee or a cocktail. “And there has always been a place for people to smoke,” said David Rockwell, who was the original architect of the Dolby Theatre in 2001 (when it was known as the Kodak) and created sets for the 2009 Oscar broadcast. “It was the loading dock.” Tapped by Architectural Digest to create this year's green room, Rockwell has transformed that loading dock into a California garden room that adjoins the green room, a first for the Academy Awards.
February 19, 2014 |
Cee Lo Green says he won't be returning to the spinning judge's seat on NBC's singing competition show "The Voice. " The artist broke the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres" show , revealing his change in plans just days before "The Voice" re-emerges Monday. "I didn't mean to drop the bomb," said Green, who appeared on the daytime talk show with touring partner Lionel Richie. Green said he has other plans in the works for NBC, including a potential talk show. "I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC," he said.
February 19, 2014 |
Cee Lo Green won't be on "The Voice" when it returns for its sixth season next week. In a last-minute announcement, the singer revealed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday that he was moving on from the hit singing competition show. "I'm going to miss 'The Voice'," Green said. "I'm not coming back at all. " Instead of being one of the show's judges, Green says he intends to put his time and energy into putting out a new album. "I haven't released an album in four years," he said.