October 24, 2013 |
We've known for a long time that Prince George would be christened in a replica of a christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, circa 1841. But what about his mother? The duchess of Cambridge picked Alexander McQueen for the christening ceremony on Wednesday at the Chapel Royal in Saint James's Palace. She wore an ivory skirt suit with a peplumed jacket with a ruffle across the front from McQueen (the label that also made her wedding gown). With it, she wore a fascinator headpiece by milliner Jane Taylor and platform pumps by L.K. Bennett of London.
October 21, 2013 |
In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen demonstrates both an eye for striking compositions and an unflinching gaze at scenes of stunning cruelty. There are abundant examples of the latter to be found in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South for a dozen years. At the Envelope Screening Series , McQueen and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt discussed their use of long takes to grab and hold the audience's attention, as in a searing whipping scene that lasts 10 minutes without a single edit.
October 20, 2013 |
It's the sound most have learned to ignore when she's around. Where there is Julie Plec, the co-creator of "The Vampire Diaries," there's a near constant hum - a sort of real-life soundtrack that rivals the intense, forlorn music on the popular CW teen drama. It's in play at this moment. The bubbly TV show maker, surrounded by text-loaded whiteboards, is working on an episode of "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" at the Hollywood offices of Plec's production company My So-Called Company.
October 19, 2013 |
So this week they announced the latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. And of course one of my favorites, Nirvana, is a lock. But our pop critic Randall Roberts gives these grim odds for a band I like even more, the Replacements: 25 to 1. Justice must be served to one of the best songwriters of the last 30 years, Paul Westerberg. Start lobbying the voting members now. It would be cool to create our own Hall of Fame here at The Times, with the writers behind the most legendary Column Ones (the retro term for Great Reads)
October 18, 2013 |
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored. Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
October 17, 2013 |
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave. " Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling experiences of Solomon Northup, a free man of color who was brazenly abducted and sold into slavery, this film intends to do more than tell us a story. It wants to immerse us in an experience, and it does. Obviously, no film can re-create the unspeakable degradation of one human being owning another, but in making the attempt "12 Years" insists we feel things in a particularly oppressive way. This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in. PHOTOS: Scenes from '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen, working from a screenplay by John Ridley, has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story, no interest in putting in any special pleading to bend our hearts.