April 3, 2014 |
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
March 7, 2014 |
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
November 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a harsh indictment of the Western-funded drug eradication effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations on Wednesday reported an increase of nearly 50% in the 2013 opium harvest, with land used for cultivation reaching an all-time high. The annual survey underscored the growing threat in the world's largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has brought widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan's primary poppy-growing provinces.
July 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - CBS' brooding procedural "Unforgettable" of 2011-2012 featured a detective with a mind so uncanny no memory ever truly disappeared. It's a fitting premise. After canceling "Unforgettable" at the end of the 2012 season, CBS is now bringing it back, believing a recognizable name and familiar characters can sell a show with a new setup, tone and schedule. When the debut episode airs on Sunday, it will pose a fraught question: In this age of "Arrested Development"-style reprisals, can a network successfully take a mulligan?
May 16, 2013 |
When it came to designing their new home in Venice, Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park drew inspiration from a two-year backpacking trip around the world. The couple traveled from Britain to Thailand, Australia to Peru, Morocco to Mali - a journey that has given rise to a modern dwelling that draws from global cultures yet still embodies California living. Dubbed the California Poppy House, the 2,900-square-foot design calls upon the state flower for the home's most striking feature: the silhouette of the flower, cut into an aluminum screen that wraps the second-floor facade.
April 24, 2013 |
Poppy Montgomery, one "Unforgettable" actress, is a new mom as of Monday, when she and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first child together. The baby girl is named Violet Grace Devereux Sanford, according to People , which first reported the news. At 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19½ inches long, she arrived at 7:57 a.m., said the mag. That means Montgomery's 5-year-old son Jackson, from a previous relationship, is now a big brother. "We are overjoyed with the arrival of our beautiful angel and filled with gratitude that she is happy, healthy and thriving,” said the couple (he's a Microsoft exec, incidentally)