August 27, 2001 |
Without much apparent fuss, one of the last great movie taboos is being tossed to the winds. Recently, in film after film from France and Scandinavia, the boundaries between hard-core pornography and regular art-house movie fare have been all but erased. In "Intimacy," a new, unreleased-in-the-U.S. British film from French director Patrice Chereau, a taxi driver's wife and a barman meet regularly for a Wednesday-afternoon rendezvous in the barman's flat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1988 |
At the birthplace of the Valley Girl, the idea is either totally tubular or it's grody to the max . People are choosing sides over a plan to raise the roof of the Sherman Oaks Galleria shopping center--first popularized in the song "Valley Girl"--to make room for four new movie theaters. The Pacific Theatre Corp. wants to add a fourth floor to the trendy mall so it can double the size of the 1,100-seat cinema complex it operates next to the Galleria's glossy center-court atrium.
February 4, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before making sure my electric bill is paid up. The Skinny: I wonder if that blackout during the Super Bowl would have been as much fun without Twitter around for people to crack jokes and stay interested in the game. I just hope that Joe Flacco's swearing won't lead to another decade-long legal battle between CBS and the FCC. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the sometimes tense relationship between Legendary Films head Thomas Tull and Warner Bros., and the challenges of trying to make historical films look right.
HOME & GARDEN
October 27, 2012 |
I was sitting at La Scala in Beverly Hills with my friend Karen and indulging in my chopped salad obsession. Once again, we were consumed with a question that dominates the conversation of many women. Why am I still single? We consider ourselves among the smart women of the world - and experienced at relationships. We have dated and dated, and then dated some more, all along keeping our standards and scruples intact, which can be a tough feat in Los Angeles. We have tried to "Dr. Phil" ourselves to death in our attempts to identify personality traits that might be sabotaging our love lives.
March 23, 2004 |
For four decades, figuratively and literally, with an elegant smile that hid an unimaginable strain, she carried their catcher. On Monday, the Dodgers tearfully did the same for her. Former players and executives filled a Forest Lawn chapel to honor a teammate who played every day, played with passion, and played in pain. Her name was Roxie Campanella, and, wherever she is today, here's hoping she and Roy are dancing. "They're back together again," said Don Newcombe.
September 23, 1996 |
Ed Neumeier had a dream. "I wanted to do a big, silly, jingoistic, xenophobic, let's-go-out-and-kill-the-enemy movie, and I had settled on the idea that it should be against insects," says the screenwriter-co-producer ("RoboCop"). "I wanted to make a war movie, but I also wanted to make a teenage romance movie."
December 4, 2011 |
A Westside compound that "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart had been leasing for the last several months has come on the market at $5.995 million. Built in the 1990s, the west-facing property encompasses almost half an acre and overlooks Stone Canyon Reservoir and Bel-Air. The main house features an open-plan living and dining room, a den, four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. The recently renovated guesthouse contains an additional bedroom and 11/2 bathrooms.
May 29, 2013 |
Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Jesse Rogg, a Grammy-nominated music producer, bought the production space for about $3.3 million this year from Stephen Collins, a former photographer who owned the property for nearly three decades.
March 29, 1990 |
The synthesizer music throbs with an irresistible beat. Tightly edited scenes of attractive young people flash by--biking, dancing, working on computers, playing volleyball. Innovative video techniques superimpose moody graphics over live action. A seductive yet authoritative male voice narrates. What's going on here? Is this the latest MTV rock video? A commercial for beer or soft drinks? The opening to a new teen romance movie? Guess again.