June 11, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — Just before his death, Frank Malone felt compelled to summon his grandson Jez Butterworth to the garden of the family house in Wiltshire, England, and pour out the accumulated wisdom of his years. He told him to never stop writing, to roll with the punches, to laugh at himself and the world, and left him with the coda that ".... girls, my boy, are wondrous … No man ever lay in his coffin wishing he'd made love to one less woman. " "I must've been all of 8," Butterworth says with a laugh nearly three decades later.
May 8, 2011 |
Fly fishermen grappling with bumped-up prices for the feathers they need for the sport can blame Los Angeles hipsters: The recent craze in feather hair extensions has led to diminished supplies and more than doubled the cost of the plumes. "I did 10 sets of extensions yesterday," said Krystal Riddle, a stylist at Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica. "It's a crazy trend right now. " The feathers are usually applied using small metal clasps and can be washed and styled like regular hair.
May 5, 2011 |
If Britain's royal wedding put you in the mood for love, or at least nuptials, get thee to a cinema: There's an onslaught of marriage movies coming to theaters in the next few months. The timing is mere coincidence; most of these films were in production before Prince William popped the question to Catherine. But if the royal couple is aiming for a drama-free happily-ever-after, filmmakers love the wedding genre exactly because it's rife with drama — and romance, scandal and conflict.
May 1, 2011 |
When Catherine Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on Friday — a willowy vision in white — she appeared noticeably thinner than she had in previous months. Her weight loss sparked rumors that she was on the Dukan diet — what appears to be a French spin on the high-protein Atkins diet — after Middleton's mother, Carole, acknowledged using the plan to shed pre-wedding pounds. Suddenly, the diet that sold 4 million copies in France was making headlines in the States, with its promise of instant weight loss without hunger, portion control or counting calories.
April 29, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Casey Abrams has been eliminated from "American Idol. " Long live Casey! ( Los Angeles Times ) The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is over, but the royal wedding coverage is not. Long live escapism! ( Los Angeles Times ) Steve Carell has left "The Office. " Long live Dunder Mifflin! ( CNN ) "Fast Five" is ready to add some high-octane fuel -- or whatever other car metaphor you'd like -- to the box office.
April 29, 2011 |
With the royal wedding over, there's much conjecture about where the honeymooners will go. Check out "Where are William and Kate headed?" at the Ministry of Gossip . I’m thinking the West offers a nice mix of stunning scenery and offbeat options. Here are my picks for fitting honeymoon stops for the royal couple -- easily duplicated by mere commoners: Go faux: A bit of Britain in the Arizona desert? That’s the promise of London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
April 29, 2011 |
If a single prince is in want of a wife, no one puts on a better show than the British when he finally gets one. That truth was universally acknowledged Friday when William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, second in line to the British throne, married Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, his college sweetheart, in a ceremony dripping with tradition and sparkly jewels. The couple exchanged vows in the soaring Gothic interior of Westminster Abbey before 1,900 guests, including more than 40 crowned heads and scores of dignitaries and celebrities.
April 29, 2011 |
Some wore T-shirts blazoned with the words "Off with their Heads. " Others favored phrases such as "Citizens not Subjects" or "England doesn't need a Queen. " Amid the huge outpouring of royalist support and fervor around Britain as a potential future king of England and his bride exchanged wedding vows Friday was the smaller voice of naysayers far less impressed by the idea of celebrating kings, queens, dukes and duchesses. In London, in a corner of central Red Lion Square a short distance from, but out of sight and sound of, the cheering crowds around Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, the group called Republic held the main anti-monarchy street celebration: Not the Royal Wedding.
April 29, 2011 |
I wish Diana, the Princess of Wales, were around to see the royal wedding of her son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Mostly because I just wish Diana were still around. Those of us who are of her generation already went through this ritual once — the early rising or late-staying-up to watch her wedding 30 years ago, the one that turned out to be a fairy tale without a happy ending. We saw the signs but, like Diana herself, tried to ignore them. We remember the way she smiled so expectantly and hopefully at Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding.