August 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Change of plans: You won't get get to see Jerry Lewis on the MDA telethon one last time this year. He's out of the organization completely. ( Huffington Post ) President Obama's 50th birthday party is looking as if it'll be decidedly unstarry. ( Los Angeles Times ) CNN's Piers Morgan and Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, are having a phone-hacking spat of their own. ( Los Angeles Times ) Her Royal Highness, Kate, has gained entry into the International Best Dressed list.
July 1, 2011 |
Royal weddings are like London buses: You wait ages, and then two come along at the same time. Weeks after Britons thronged the streets for the fairytale marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the tiny European principality of Monaco got the chance to celebrate its own magical ending to a royal romance (even if it had a bit of a rough patch before the happily-ever-after moment). On Friday, the Mediterranean playground for the rich and famous turned out for what was perhaps unkindly nicknamed the "other wedding," as Monaco's Prince Albert II married Charlene Wittstock of South Africa in a civil ceremony at the royal palace, with a church wedding to follow Saturday.
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 |
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.
April 29, 2011 |
After weeks of speculation that at times verged on the absurd, Catherine Middleton emerged Friday for her wedding in a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The gown is classic-looking, in silk gazar with long intricate lace sleeves, and it will probably be a force of pop culture for years to come, influencing fashion trends and reinforcing the sociological significance of the white wedding gown. "We knew she would wear something classic, but having Sarah Burton as the designer added something modern," said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.