HOME & GARDEN
March 2, 2011 |
Update: The Beverly Hills home where former owner Groucho Marx left his marks ? initials carved into concrete on the driveway and near the pool ? has sold for $5.8 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The 1927 Spanish-style estate had been maintained by the same family for the last half-century. The two-story residence has about 6,000 square feet of living space on more than an acre of grounds with a swimming pool and mature trees, including some fruit trees that Marx planted.
October 10, 2010 |
Roy Blount Jr., a prolific author and panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait ? Don't Tell Me," deconstructs the Marx Brothers' magic in his latest book, "Hail, Hail Euphoria: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made. " Why another book about the Marx Brothers? It's a book about "Duck Soup"; I don't think there is a book about just "Duck Soup. " People generally think it's the best Marx Brothers movie. This guy, Bob Miller [Hyperion's founding publisher]
May 16, 2010 |
Comics kill, or try to. But what's the motive and the M.O.? Paul Provenza has conducted dozens of interviews on such subjects for a just-published book, " Satiristas!: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians," created with photographer Dan Dion. What follows are edited excerpts from Provenza's Q&As, which reveal the method and the madness of men and women who inhabit the funny side of the commentariat. Robin Williams Most recent tour: "Weapons of Self-Destruction" in 2009.
March 29, 2010
SERIES Anderson Cooper 360: The journalist begins a 5 part series examining the leadership of the Church of Scientology (7 and 10 p.m. CNN). Chuck: Casey, Morgan and Awesome (Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin) try to help Chuck (Zachary Levi) win Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) back, as he prepares for an undercover operation in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). 10 Things I Hate About You: The comedy series, loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," returns for a second season.
January 18, 2010 |
If it seems that every new TV series for young people is about pop music or pop stardom, two shows that begin tonight will do nothing to dispel the impression. In Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush," four friends from Minnesota travel to Los Angeles to be molded into a boy band. "I'm in the Band," on the boy-centric Disney XD -- "hyper-marketing to boys" is the phrase the network actually uses -- is about a guitar-shredding teenager who talks his way into an aging metal band. Like most screen stories of show-biz kids -- going back to "Babes in Arms" and "Fame" (the series)
September 15, 2009 |
The comedies of Aristophanes -- so sanely rebellious, so tastily profane -- are perhaps more tantalizing to us moderns than the ancient Greek tragedies. They are also more theatrically elusive, loaded with topical references that require either heavy annotation or radical adaptation. And the gamboling lyrical intelligence that encourages metaphors to come to life makes it difficult for our prosier sensibilities to keep pace with these hilarious Dionysiac fever dreams. In the wrong hands -- like the stodgy academic translation I read before attending the Getty Villa's new production of Aristophanes' "Peace" -- the zaniness can have a musty, archaeological aroma.