August 30, 2013 |
Screening in a late-night time slot, the highly anticipated "Under the Skin" played for the first time on Thursday at the the Telluride Film Festival. Early word filtering back from some attendees immediately shorthanded the movie -- for better or worse -- as the "Scarlett Johansson naked alien movie. " Directed by Jonathan Glazer, who co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Campbell based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film finds Johansson prowling the Scottish highlands in a white van, seeking lonely men. To eat. Because she's a space alien.
March 16, 2014 |
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from skin cancer. "I'm a very lucky man," said the former Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Hall of Famer about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. “I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body.” The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
September 20, 2012 |
Connoisseurs of really bad television - you know you're out there - whose taste for schlock hasn't been satisfied by the mediocre new fall season should run to the Pasadena Playhouse to see "Under My Skin. " The title is meant to be romantic, but anyone who manages to sit through both irritating acts of this lowest-common-denominator comedy will know that the truth is far more painfully dermatological. Some might consider this a sitcom performed live, an evening's escapist entertainment, a harmless piece of fluff.
September 2, 2013 |
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)
August 27, 2001 |
Summer's on the wane, ushering in cherished traditions like back-to-school face-offs with one's munchkins in clothing stores and meanly insisting that they wait another month before cramming their faces with the black 'n' orange candy in the supermarket aisles. But the shift in seasons means something else too, says the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "It's beginning to look a lot like skin surgery time," the society brightly reminds us.
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March 19, 2014 |
A West Hollywood skin care expert who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to snuff out the competition pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County courtroom Wednesday. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who boasted a celebrity clientele including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, is charged with one count of solicitation of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The allegation has stunned neighbors and associates, who said they knew about the rivalry between DaLuise and esthetician Gabriel Suarez but never thought it would go so far. Suarez moved in a couple doors down from DaLuise's business last year and started offering facials and male body waxing; the competition created tension.
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August 15, 2013 |
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe returned to the witness stand Thursday, crying as she described the singer “begging for relief” from medical issues and treatments she said were “horribly painful.” It was the second day of testimony for Rowe, who married Jackson in 1996, and is the mother of his two oldest children. They divorced a few years later. Rowe met the singer while she was working for Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. Rowe said she was designated to help Jackson through the procedures, and the two formed a friendship.
December 10, 1992 |
The other day I approached a cosmetics counter at a major department store in a mall near my home. It was a Saturday, and I looked . . . like hell. A youthful looking woman wearing dramatically applied eye shadow, and a surgically inspired lab coat was standing behind the counter. She did indeed look "specially trained." She smiled gently, and a look of benevolence crossed her face. She once had a mother, I could tell. Then she gave me a more scrutinizing, clinical look.
January 20, 2005
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has emerged in recent years as a vigorous proponent of strong intellectual-property laws, joining the entertainment industry, publishers and software developers in pushing the government to do more to combat counterfeit goods and digital piracy. That's a natural role for one of the business world's top lobbying forces, considering how important copyrights, patents and trademarks have become to U.S. firms in the information age. Lately, however, the chamber has resorted to the kind of intellectual-property overkill that only undermines the public's respect for the rights the chamber is so eager to protect.
January 5, 1990 |
The ozone's going, the globe is warming, fossil fuels are burning and Southern California's more than 8 million cars, trucks and buses are coughing up a witch's caldron of pollutants. Pollutants that not only lend the area distinction as having the worst air quality in the nation, but also sting eyes, burn lungs and turn locally grown oranges a ghostly, ghastly shade of yellow.