January 9, 2011 |
BET's new series "Let's Stay Together" fits squarely within the formula of TV romantic comedies in many ways. The cast is young and attractive, every problem can be fixed in about 22 minutes, and there is lots and lots of talk about sex. But "Let's Stay Together" is instantly distinctive from the cookie-cutter rom-com. For one thing, the cast is all black, a rarity on prime-time TV. Half of a comedy block to be launched on Jan. 11, "Let's Stay Together" is a positive response to what observers of BET have been demanding for years: original scripted programming for its primarily African American audience.
July 4, 2010 |
Sunday Fireworks reggae-style Where: Mandalay Beach (Mandalay Bay) Highlights: Celebrate Independence Day to the blast of fireworks and the beat of Mystic Roots Band. Info: (702) 632-7580, http://www.mandalaybay.com Friday Lilith Fair Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center Highlights: Billed as a celebration of women in music, the headliners include Sara McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and Queen Latifah. Info: (702)
May 16, 2010 |
Invictus Warner Bros, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon plays rugby captain Francois Pienaar in director Clint Eastwood's moving, well-observed "Invictus," based on the true story of how the 1995 World Cup helped alleviate some of South Africa's racial strife in the wake of apartheid. The movie doesn't make any bold new stands with its "sport unites us"/"racism is bad" message, but neither does Eastwood overwork the material, and Anthony Peckham's script smartly emphasizes the formal gestures that lead to reconciliation, showing how going through the motions can help achieve a desired outcome.
May 13, 2010 |
In the music world, rapper and hip-hop artist Common has already proven himself. He's released eight albums, earned five Grammy award nominations and has worked alongside the likes of Kanye West. But as an actor, Common (born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) is still fighting to be taken seriously. "No matter what you accomplish in the music world, that is still not going to secure you a role in a quality movie. Some casting agents and directors and producers will say, 'We don't want a rapper in the role,' " said Common by telephone from New York this week, where he was promoting his latest film, "Just Wright."
March 14, 2010 |
At the Louis Vuitton dinner to celebrate "Glamour's Most Glamorous," it seemed as if there were as many definitions for the word "glamour" as there were guests. "Glamour used to be something you put together in a very Hollywood way," said Cindi Leive, the magazine's editor in chief, speaking at the Beverly Hills Louis Vuitton boutique. "Now we see it as a sense of style and confidence, of having that indefinable quality that makes people want to turn around and look at you." Amanda Seyfried and Zoe Saldana were among those who topped the list in April's "50 most glam women of 2010" issue.
November 29, 2009 |
The long lineup of celebrities with fragrance deals resembles the invitation list for the People's Choice Awards. There are film stars, TV personalities, pop singers and socialites, all with a marketable image and, presumably, a thirsty fan base that will lap up every last drop of what these public figures bottle and sell. Linda Newman, who recently waited in line at Macy's in Lakewood to meet rapper 50 Cent and sample his new fragrance, Power by 50 Cent, announced to the crowd: "I already sprayed it on me."