October 12, 2012 |
L.A. Fashion Week's kickoff event, the first day of newcomer Los Angeles Fashion Council's two-day run of presentations and runway shows at the Carondelet House venue in MacArthur Park, was a reminder that the city is home to a considerable amount of talent. Not just in terms of the fashion designers, but also in terms of how those movers and shakers continually undertake the Sisyphean task of organizing and launching ever newer efforts to showcase them in a way they deserve.
September 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a bejeweled, brocaded and bewitching spring-summer 2013 women's collection during New York Fashion Week. The inspiration: "Fantasy role-playing games," Laura Mulleavy explained backstage after the show. "Especially the '80s versions. " Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The first words out of my mouth -- especially given the metal dragon earrings snaking around the ears of each model -- was "Dungeons & Dragons," but Mulleavy shook her head.
May 8, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire says he never enjoyed bingo, though it was his mother's weekly ritual in their South Boston, or "Southie," neighborhood. He liked going to the racetrack with his working-class father even less. "But these were the things that you could attach hope to," he says, "and that's pretty much what everybody in the neighborhood did. " Hoping the bingo ball will pop their way is certainly what the darkly humorous characters do in "Good People," Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama, which returns the Pulitzer-winning playwright ("Rabbit Hole")
April 17, 2011 |
The King's Speech Weinstein/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Perhaps it's no surprise that this stately English period film took Oscar's big prize –- the motion picture academy notoriously swoons for troubled monarchs. But director Tom Hooper's movie really is impeccably made and well acted, led as it is by Colin Firth's award-winning performance as King George VI. The movie follows his efforts to overcome a debilitating stammer with the help of a progressive therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush)
April 9, 2011 |
And the White Knight is talking backwards/And the Red Queen's "off with her head" . . . If we're a long way from the '60s when the problem was a scourge that wore green, not the red queen scaring Alice in Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," this was the Lakers' season on the other side of the looking glass. Remember Miami routing them here on Christmas? Remember Kobe Bryant promising to kick rear ends at practice, announcing: "You don't just have two rings and say we're satisfied with what we've got. . . . I'm not rolling with that.
April 1, 2011 |
When it comes to notable secular Easter movies, there's Fred Astaire at the parade with Judy Garland and little else. But with the seasonal ubiquity of candy, eggs and bunnies, it's hardly a shock that an animation company would wring some type of festive, sentimental kids' flick out of so commercially tinged and cute animal-friendly a holiday. The animation/live-action "Hop" — from the producing-writing team behind last year's "Despicable Me," and director Tim Hill, of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fame — is that very entry, and it's almost unashamedly middle of the road about its intentions.