September 13, 2006 |
MARC JACOBS' runway shows are a form of theater that exists somewhere between style and culture. That's not to say he doesn't set trends -- he does, more than any other American designer. But he also distills the collective mood better than anyone else. And on the evening of Sept. 11, the message was love. He created a dreamy backdrop of rolling hills, and a grass-green runway was elevated over a pool of mint candies.
January 6, 1991 |
IS IT MY imagination, or has the singles scene gotten a lot worse? I've been married for a few years, so I don't speak from firsthand experience. But I've been getting some pretty grim reports. It's not simply a matter of deadly diseases putting a damper on flings. The age-old skirmish between the sexes seems to have degenerated into trench warfare. Maybe it's because my single friends are getting older and the field is getting smaller.
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November 4, 2010 |
Monica Johnson, a film and television writer best known for her screenwriting partnership with writer-director Albert Brooks on "Modern Romance," "Lost in America" and other comedies starring Brooks, has died. She was 64. Johnson, a Palm Springs resident, died of esophageal cancer Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said her daughter, Heidi Johnson. The sister of the late comedy writer Jerry Belson, Johnson began her nearly 40-year writing career in the 1970s when she wrote episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Laverne & Shirley" and other TV series.
September 24, 2009 |
This very modern romance between a poet and a young fashionista is also a period piece respectful of its 19th century roots -- a neat trick director Jane Campion has managed with something close to perfection. This lush romantic drama puts its filmmaker's talents in sharp relief while it showcases the remarkable trio at the heart of this tale: Ben Whishaw as John Keats, the poet who would be dead by 25; Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne, the feisty fashion-centric girl next door; and lastly, the wonderful Paul Schneider as Keats' best friend, Charles Armitage Brown, whose attempts to derail the love affair were too little, too late.
February 18, 1990 |
Defending Your Life (Geffen). Shooting in L.A. Albert Brooks, the creative force behind "Lost in America" and "Modern Romance," guides us through yet another modern romance starring himself and Meryl Streep. Rip Torn, Lee Grant and Buck Henry also appear in this highly secretive endeavor. Executive producer Herb Nanas. Producers Michael Grillo and Robert Grand. Distributor Warner Bros. Late '90 release. Dice (Fox). Shooting in New York.
June 14, 2010
POP MUSIC An Evening With Dr. John A fixture in the New Orleans music scene since the late 1950s, Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, will discuss his storied career and the importance of preserving the music and culture of the Crescent City. A question-and-answer session and a performance with his band, the Lower 911, will follow. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (213) 765-6800. http://www.grammymuseum.org Chief Santa Monica's not the indie rock hotbed that more easterly climes in L.A. have become, but this quartet's brand of woozy canyon rock could change that.