April 20, 2012 |
Armando Iannucci's droll, fleet "Veep," which premieres Sunday on HBO and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfusas Selina Meyer, vice president of the United States, has nothing to do with Sarah Palin, who once came close to occupying that post and bears a minor resemblance to the star. It is, rather, an Americanization of Iannucci's fitfully ongoing 2005 BBC series "The Thick of It" and its spun-off 2009 film "In the Loop," whose protagonists are minor ministers in the U.K. government, and which make comedy from the place where power and powerlessness, ambition and limitation overlap.
December 12, 1994 |
Samaritan Stern. Howard Stern's hands must be calloused and raw from a career of patting himself on the back. Sometimes it's a stretch, even for him. But last Wednesday, as if the God of Airwaves had personally blessed him, came a public relations gift so tailored to Stern's narcissistic agenda that it looked suspiciously like a stunt of his own design. But apparently it wasn't.
January 12, 2010 |
So I get to USC on Monday and Tim Tessalone , the school's sports information director, says Pete Carroll and Mike Garrett will speak at an afternoon news conference. "You can get [Garrett] off to the side, too," Tessalone says, his way of suggesting I not dominate Garrett during the main news conference. "He stays at these things for as long as people want to talk to him." Time for the news conference, and there are two chairs beside the podium, one presumably for Carroll and the other for Garrett.
August 16, 1998 |
Q: What's even scarier than a White House intern? A: A stand-up comedian. Hire one, and you just might not want to hire the other. Or so the very frightening Kathy Griffin learned after she was recruited to entertain President Clinton and other partyers at a Democratic fund-raiser not long ago.
September 25, 2005
SUSAN SPANO'S article on embassies ["Embassies, From Landmark to Bulwark," Her World, Sept. 11] neglected to add one important item about the security at these embassies. She should have warned people about taking photographs of any U.S. Embassy. During a trip to Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, in July, one of the women on our tour bus took a picture of the U.S. Embassy. The flash from the camera was seen by the guard at the gate, and he immediately informed his superiors. They stopped our bus, took the woman off the bus, made her reveal and delete the pictures from her camera and took her passport number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2004 |
Residents who lived in Thousand Oaks before it became a city in 1964 are invited to be in a group photo at the Civic Arts Plaza as part of the city's 40th anniversary celebration. Participants will gather inside the Fred Kavli Theatre at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the photo. The photo session will be followed by a City Council proclamation and a reception in City Hall chambers. The event is part of an ongoing anniversary celebration.
April 5, 1990 |
The upcoming U.S.-Soviet summit may have been the big story of the day, but President Bush didn't let that get in the way of his opportunity to be photographed with pop star Michael Jackson. In fact, he let Jackson become part of the summit story.
January 13, 2012 |
The silver lining, almost literally, to this winter's drought is the stark high country images of rock and ice . Catching photographers' interest: frozen waterfalls and Alpine lakes that would normally be buried in Sierra snow . . . . Also of note, California's National Parks are accessible in ways they normally aren't this time of year. In Sequoia, for example, Crescent Meadow Road, which leads to Moro Rock, has temporarily reopened. Visitors can still hike the nearly 400 steps to the top of the granite dome to witness striking winter sunsets.
April 3, 1990 |
The Scene: Gazing (by invitation only) at rocker Graham Nash's photography collection at Sotheby's auction house on Rodeo Drive. The collection goes on the block April 25 in New York. To everyone's amazement, the walls of photos by Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, Paul Outerbridge, Pierre Dubreuil and others represented just a tiny fraction of Nash's entire body of works.
August 15, 2003
President Bush is hugging nature in the Western states this week, showing concern for the health of the nation's public lands. Today he is scheduled to carry his message to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, visiting a plant restoration area, working on a trail and speaking to park employees. Beware the photo op. Bush has focused on fixing up national parks after years of neglect.