March 14, 2013 |
Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and later, ex-wife, of actor Richard Burton, Christopher would still have occupied an important seat in New York high society and culture. "She was very hands on -- as hands on a mother as she was a producer. " said Kate Burton, her eldest daughter.
March 1, 2013 |
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.
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February 21, 2013 |
It isn't easy sometimes to be an ordinary person in Los Angeles, so near to and yet so far from the city's glamorous events. You hear about the grand Oscar parties, but you will never be invited. The award ceremony may be taking place minutes from where you live, but you watch it at home, on TV, in your sweat pants - and you might as well be in Dubuque. Rodeo Drive too can make you feel like a scrap on the cutting room floor. As you stroll the wide and immaculate sidewalks of Beverly Hills' iconic shopping street, you pass by boutiques you'd feel self-conscious walking into.
February 13, 2013 |
It's fair to say that the 1983 touring production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wasn't a high point in the couple's catalog of professional collaborations. Critics savaged the production, which came to Los Angeles after running briefly on Broadway. This episode in the Taylor-Burton saga is being resurrected for a new television movie that will star Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress and Dominic West, of "The Wire" and "The Hour" fame, as the oft-nominated Welsh actor.
November 29, 2012 |
Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested Thursday morning after police said she punched a woman in the face at a nightclub in New York. Lohan, 26, was taken into custody on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, at Club Avenue in Manhattan's fashionable meatpacking district. Police said the incident happened inside the club and the troubled actress was sitting inside a black SUV when officers arrived and arrested her about 4 a.m. Lohan was not injured and the alleged victim, whose injuries were not disclosed, refused medical treatment at the scene, officials said.
November 24, 2012 |
An epic love story, like a good horror movie, relies more on possibility than actuality. Surprise and anticipation, of what is to come and what it might mean, are what draw viewers in, binding them in fetters of pleasure and pain. Subtlety and nuance create the space between word and glance, between shadow and revelation, where imagination digs in and magnificence blooms. None of which happens, in any way, shape or form, during Lifetime's television event "Liz & Dick," a wildly graceless biopic that careens through the decades-long relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton with more petulance than passion, knocking down gin bottles and rumpling silk sheets for no better reason than that's what it says to do in the script.