February 19, 2014 |
Of the many unexpected moments in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's breakout hit "The Lego Movie," perhaps none is as surprising as the film's ending, which is daring even by the standards of this unconventional film. So daring, in fact, that even its filmmakers weren't sure they could get away with it. "We were terrified," said Miller. "We didn't know if you would care about the universe once you understood how the universe worked," alluding to how the movie turns itself inside-out at the end. PHOTOS: Images from 'The Lego Movie' In a season in which the typically tricky art of the movie ending has largely satisfied - witness the well-regarded twist in "American Hustle," the Quaalude-enabled piece de resistance of "The Wolf of Wall Street" and the return-to-Earth redemption of "Gravity" - the finale of "Lego" may top them all. Warner Bros., which financed and released "The Lego Movie," was also unsure about the finale and for a time pushed the filmmakers to consider a more conventional path.
January 18, 2014 |
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin. " Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller - 161 years after it first came out - through a tie-in to the celebrated movie version of his memoir. And it is likely to get a big boost from the many Oscar nominations the film received this week. The antebellum drama is one of several films this year that have given their namesake books a second life.
October 28, 2013 |
Jeremy Scott is the new creative director at Moschino , the brand founded in 1983 by the late Franco Moschino, who was known for his tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion. Starting with the fall 2014 collection, the L.A.-based Scott will be infusing the Italian brand with all the whimsy and street cool that have made Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and nearly every other pop star on the planet fans of his namesake label, as well as making him an attractive collaborator for brands such as Adidas, Swatch, Longchamp and Smart Car. I rang Scott on Monday afternoon to talk about his new role, catching him before he takes off for Milan on Sunday to work on his first collection, which will debut in February during Milan Fashion Week. How long has this been in the works?
July 30, 2013 |
'Fashion Star' fizzles: NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run. [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
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March 26, 2013
Bebo Valdes Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the golden age of Cuban music, died Friday of pneumonia in Sweden. His death was confirmed by the agent for his son Chucho Valdes, a well-known pianist in his own right. Valdes, who enjoyed a remarkable late-career resurgence after he was coaxed out of retirement in the 1990s, was a classically trained musician with a strong interest in American jazz.
January 8, 2013 |
When Eli Broad holds a public event, he seldom does it without the company of local politicians, cultural leaders and throngs of media professionals to underscore the influence that the Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist exerts on the city's arts landscape. Broad presided over just such a ceremony Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum, to be called the Broad, that is being built on Grand Avenue. It will feature works from the Broads' private art collection and will serve as headquarters of the Broad Art Foundation.