March 1, 2012 |
It doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to find a celebrity name in a home's title history or the public record in L.A. County. Among recent listings with celebrity pedigrees are: -- An Italian-style villa in La Canada Flintridge built in 1989 by actor Kevin Costner with his then-wife, Cindy. The walled compound has 6,754 square feet of living space in the main house, 2,400 square feet of loggias and a detached 840-square-foot structure with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, tasting room, office and bathroom.
February 17, 2010 |
Christopher Plummer has barely taken a breather since the publication in 2008 of his autobiography, "In Spite of Myself." The charming 80-year-old Canadian-born actor was in four movies last year -- three of which have received Oscar attention: He has the title role in Terry Gilliam's surreal fantasy "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" (which earned art direction and costume design nominations); he was the voice of Charles Muntz, the maniacal explorer with a pack load of talking dogs in Disney-Pixar's "Up," nominated for best picture and animated feature; and he played the octogenarian Russian author Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," for which the academy bestowed a supporting actor nomination.
December 31, 2009 |
Though "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" will probably always be known primarily as the last film for actor Heath Ledger, it may someday also be recognized as the first real film role for Lily Cole. The 21-year-old British-born Cole already has been one of the world's top models since being discovered at the age of 14. With her distinctive wide-set eyes, tiny button mouth, porcelain-pale skin and bright red hair, there is something ethereal, almost alien about her, an in-built strangeness that director Terry Gilliam set to full use in "Parnassus," which opened in Los Angeles on Christmas Day and will expand to theaters nationwide on Jan. 8. "That's why I cast her," said Gilliam.
December 25, 2009 |
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is as unusual and idiosyncratic as its one-of-a-kind title. You'd expect no less from Terry Gilliam, and admirers of this singular filmmaker will be pleased to know that "Imaginarium" is one of his most original and accessible works. A member of the Monty Python troupe, Gilliam is nothing if not audacious; witness earlier films such as "Brazil," "Time Bandits" and "Twelve Monkeys." Here he applies his fantastic and fantastical imagination to a visually dazzling tale of combat for men's souls.
August 20, 2009 |
You can't call actor Logan Lerman spineless. "My whole family is in orthotics and prosthetics," he says, "so I grew up having to check for scoliosis every week. 'Come over. Let me feel your spine.' " The 17-year-old costar of "My One and Only" (with RenÃ©e Zellweger and Kevin Bacon) is also putting some backbone into his acting, despite his youth. "From a really young age, like 5 or whatever, I really wanted to do this because I really wanted to get out of school," he says with a laugh, calling from a beach at Lake Tahoe, where he's vacationing with his family.
August 9, 2009 |
A basic plaid button-down intertwined over a simple blue denim shirt evoked more emotion from the reticent Ennis Del Mar than any words Heath Ledger could've spoken in "Brokeback Mountain." Ennis discovered the two lonely shirts hanging in a closet after the death of his lover Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Symbolic of their lifelong forbidden relationship is that Jack's denim was draped over Ennis' plaid as if to protect him.