May 7, 2013 |
This week, you can see a film that buries its main character's motivations in scenes of decadence from the big city. The movie is a tale about class divides, and the mix of resentment and envy between the one-percent and the lesser ninety-nine. There is lots of champagne, and Jay-Z makes a behind-the-scenes cameo lording over the music. And then, after you've wrapped up the frothy and unrevealing "Rihanna 777" documentary, you can walk over to "The Great Gatsby. " "Rihanna 777," which aired in an edited version Monday on Fox, was filmed over a seven-day press junket last fall where the singer chartered a jet to haul a couple hundred people - journalists and contest winners - to club shows in seven countries.
March 2, 2013 |
To create a successful antihero, a writer must pull off a narrative sleight of hand, convincing the audience that black is white, or at least an acceptable shade of gray. The trick is to pull it off without getting caught, which is the first failure of ABC's high-aspiring but poorly executed "Red Widow. " In the series, which premieres Sunday, the antihero is Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) living the uber Mommy high life in Marin County until her husband is gunned down in her driveway.
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February 28, 2013
Bruce Reynolds, 81, mastermind of the "Great Train Robbery" in Britain that brought its perpetrators cash, incarceration and pop-culture fame, died Thursday after a brief illness, said his son, Nick. In August 1963, Reynolds was part of a gang that pulled off what was then Britain's biggest robbery. They stole sacks of money containing 2.6 million pounds, the equivalent of $60 million today, from a Glasgow-to-London mail train. The audacious heist became the subject of many books and films.
February 14, 2013 |
Do not pass go, do not collect $53 million: Former queen of the quarter horse world Rita Crundwell was headed straight to jail after her sentencing in federal court in Illinois on Thursday. Crundwell, 60, received 19 years and seven months in prison, completing her fall from grace as a high-rolling champion horse owner who funded her lavish lifestyle by using her job as the Dixon, Ill., comptroller, steering tens of millions of dollars from the city into her breeding operations.
December 7, 2012 |
The holiday night-life season has splashed over the city like a bottle of freshly uncorked Champagne and the Enabler is feeling bubbly. So when she heard that Beverly Hills Caviar recently installed custom-built caviar vending machines around the city, she became giddy. What better way to show up at a hot nightclub party than with a tin of caviar in her purse? She pictured herself locked in a bathroom stall with a little mother of pearl spoon, dipping into a $500, 1-ounce serving of Imperial River Beluga before heading back to the dance floor at Hyde, MyStudio or Bootsy Bellows.
September 4, 2012 |
The K-pop singer Psy has had no trouble dominating the Internet ( and Dodger Stadium) with his absurdist ode to to the high life, "Gangnam Style. " But he's about to become even more inescapable if Justin Bieber's manager has a say. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer born Park Jae-Sang has signed a deal with Scooter Braun, the young impresario and recent New Yorker darling who ushered Biebs and Carly Rae Jepsen into the teenpop troposphere. The deal puts Psy on Braun's Universal imprint Schoolboy Records, and Braun has high hopes for the arrangement.