May 7, 2010 |
"Multiple Sarcasms" is Woody Allen lite — there's a lot of introspective fumbling around and intellectual foreplay. But in the end, instead of a satisfying climax, it feels like someone is faking it. Our central character is Gabriel ( Timothy Hutton), a NYC architect in the midst of a mid-life crisis of the mind. He's cheating on his clients by spending afternoons at the movies. He's lying to his wife Annie ( Dana Delany) and himself about his heart's true desire: to write a play about his unraveling life and his fractured relationships — so it's a comedy.
April 18, 2010 |
The '60s and '70s were Lauren Hutton's heyday as the fresh American face of fashion. In the new film "The Joneses" -- her first movie in 20 years -- hers is the predatory face of big corporations. Opposite co-stars Demi Moore and David Duchovny, Hutton, 66, plays the big cheese of a stealth marketing company, who dispatches faux families to live in huge houses where they hawk clients' products by showing off their pricey lifestyle. The luxury marketplace is an arena Hutton knows well as a former magazine cover girl and a businesswoman with her own eponymous cosmetics line.
January 13, 2010
SERIES The New Adventures of Old Christine: Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tells her therapist (Eric McCormack) that she is in love with him (8 p.m. CBS). Mercy: The hospital admits three promiscuous college students who have meningitis (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: Auditions continue in Atlanta (8 p.m. Fox). Gary Unmarried: Sasha (Brooke D'Orsay) flirts with surfer Laird Hamilton in this new episode (8:30 p.m. CBS). The Middle: Mike (Neil Flynn)
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
More Is More Hutton Wilkinson Abrams: 368 pp., $75
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Tony Duquette was more than a designer of film and theatrical sets, movie-star mansions, gardens, furniture, costumes and jewelry. The legendary Hollywood decorator (1914-1999) was also a conjurer, magically transforming plaster, paint, discount-store wares and mirrors into dazzling sculptures and exotic tableaux inspired by the storybook fantasies of his youth. For years his particular brand of decorative abandon was under-appreciated, even dismissed by some as over-the-top. This decade's revival of Hollywood Regency décor -- a theatrical blend of classical and modern styles practiced by iconic designers such as William Haines and Dorothy Draper -- sparked a renewed interest in ornate and luxurious interiors, and Duquette's work reasserted its allure.
December 4, 2009 |
There is something weirdly endearing about Meg Ryan's woman in denial in "Serious Moonlight," blissfully confident that she can reclaim her husband's heart despite the mistress she's just discovered, despite the divorce he is demanding. He rages, she's understanding; he roars, she bakes cookies; he negotiates, she shows their wedding slides. Of course there is the small matter of Ian, the cheating spouse played by Timothy Hutton. He is forced to wage this battle while tightly duct-taped to a chair, then a toilet (be careful what you ask a woman on the verge . . .)