October 27, 2013 |
Thirteen months ago, on a calm, cool midnight in Santa Monica, Patrick Scott slipped out of the tiny Miles Memorial Playhouse and flopped on the stairs like a runner midway through a marathon. A few hours earlier, the first of 32 piano soloists had launched into a 24-hour, nonstop rendition of Erik Satie's "Vexations," which requires repeating one page of mystical, proto-Minimalist music 840 times. It was the kind of evening that Scott and his partner, Mark Alan Hilt, live for. As co-founders of Jacaranda, a decade-old classical music series based at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church, the men believe that when it comes to serving the interests of idiosyncratic, exceptionally demanding music, more is always more.
October 23, 2013 |
In a bid to spur digital movie purchases, Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Wal-Mart's Vudu video streaming service to add video sharing and other features to new releases including "This Is the End" and "After Earth" as well as forthcoming titles such as "Smurfs 2" and "One Direction. " The feature, dubbed Vudu Extras+, will enable consumers who've bought a movie through the online service - or deposited a copy in their digital storage locker - to search for scenes or lines of dialogue, or clip and share a film vignette on Facebook or Twitter.
October 17, 2013 |
The documentary "Bridegroom," written and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (of "Designing Women" fame), is a poignant, powerful tale of first love and untimely death as well as a practical, frankly undeniable, plea for marriage equality. Inspired by Shane Bitney Crone's widely seen YouTube video tribute to his late lover Thomas Bridegroom (could that last name be any more serendipitous?), Bloodworth-Thomason deftly tells the absorbing story of Shane and Tom: their red state upbringings (and much of what that may imply)
October 15, 2013 |
Greg Louganis and his partner, Johnny Chaillot, are married! The 53-year-old Olympic diver wed his paralegal fiancee during a sunset ceremony at Geoffrey's in Malibu on Saturday, People reported . "It was amazing because I have so many people from all facets of my life here tonight and they are all here and celebrating it is all wonderful," Louganis told the mag. "I already feel different. The ceremony was so reflective and representative of who we are. " PHOTOS: Gay celebs: Who is out?
October 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - For much of Syria's civil war, President Bashar Assad has been a man in retreat. Rebels control vast stretches of his country. A little more than a month ago, he faced the prospect of U.S. military strikes that might have finally tipped the military balance. But the U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, which headed off a U.S. missile barrage, has changed that. Assad is now an essential partner in a process that will last until at least mid-2014, and could drag on much longer.
October 13, 2013 |
You probably best know actor, singer-songwriter and musician Darren Criss as the impeccably groomed Blaine Anderson on "Glee," which started airing its fifth season Sept. 26. Off-screen, the 26-year-old is just as serious about high-quality grooming products as his alter ego - so much so that over the summer, he made the leap from consumer to investor and third partner in a Silver Lake-based e-tailer of men's grooming products called the Motley alongside the site's founding siblings, Matthew and Madison Ruggieri.