June 6, 2008 |
Puritans breaking into power ballads makes heady sense in Mark Governor's rock musical "shAme," adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." And not just because opposites -- in this case, repression and rock music -- attract. The story of Hester Prynne's adultery and condemnation by shrilly pious Bostonians in 1642 has the fevered delirium of a classic rock album.
August 6, 2007 |
Did you see that YouTube video of an Australian priest hurling abuse at a motley crew of skateboarders in front of Melbourne's St. Patrick's Cathedral? Well, his superiors did, and last week the Rev. Mgr. Geoff Baron was placed on indefinite leave. And what about the famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's cringe-making "personal" e-mail about his wife leaving him for Ted Turner? Gawker highlighted it last week with this in the precede: "insane insane INSANE."
July 17, 2005 |
First there's the red mailbox, a startling splash of color amid the cool greenery at the foot of the road leading up to the Studio City home of opera singer Gloria Lane. Then there's the red front door -- opened by Lane, whose glamorous red lipstick matches her red shirt and shoes. On a table in the two-story entryway sits a bowl of faux bell peppers: also red.
July 5, 2005 |
When New Line had its first research screening of "Wedding Crashers" in Pasadena last fall, the studio knew it had a potential hit on its hands. The madcap romantic comedy, which stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as a pair of lovable rogues who get their kicks from partying at strangers' weddings, got a resoundingly enthusiastic reception from a theater full of young moviegoers. One of the studio's only concerns about the film, which arrives July 15, was its rating.
December 18, 2004 |
The oldest known copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was auctioned for $545,100, a record price for an American 19th century literary work, Christie's auction house said. The pre-sale estimate was between $200,000 and $300,000 for 144 pages of a printed proof of the classic novel. The manuscript was bought Thursday by an American book dealer who requested anonymity, Christie's New York spokeswoman Bendetta Roux said.
February 21, 2004 |
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was the furthest thing from Richard Kopley's mind when the English teacher started working on what would become his first scholarly book. But a string of literary coincidences and a bit of detective work have led to what one scholar calls a new way of looking at one of America's best-known authors.