January 28, 2009 |
Joyful, choreographed dance numbers staged in crumbling Mumbai train stations are not how most American films end. Yet when just such a scene crops up in "Slumdog Millionaire," the moment is perfectly apt. Sure, it's a Bollywood-meets-Hollywood ending, and the train station is key to the film. But those familiar with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy's oeuvre may note that dancing-amid-decrepitude is almost a given.
June 17, 2012 |
Question: My husband and I travel to Vietnam two or three times a year to visit our family. We fly EVA Airways and book in premium economy for the extra legroom. We can book our seats 100 days in advance. But the only two-across seats that are available in Rows 21-27 are in that last row, which is near the toilet, and they don't recline; everything else is blocked. I've asked my travel agent for help - I even stood there while she called. No luck. Why does this happen? What should I do?
July 6, 2009 |
'Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders?" During the bitter winter of 1914-15, the first lord of the Admiralty posed this urgent question to Britain's prime minister. The eighth anniversary of 9/11, now fast approaching, invites attention to a similar question: Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to choke on the dust of Iraq and Afghanistan?
July 30, 2009
When Californians voted to legitimize medical marijuana in 1996, they probably didn't realize they were stepping into a legal and regulatory minefield. Today, there are hundreds of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in Los Angeles, which are caught in quasi-legal limbo -- barely regulated, largely untaxed, sanctioned by the state but subject to raids by federal drug agents.
May 9, 2009 |
If foulmouthed, champagne-swilling Patsy from "Absolutely Fabulous" can shame and defeat your government, then is it time to throw in the towel? The answer from Britons of all stripes these days is an increasingly loud "yes" as Gordon Brown flails to stay afloat after possibly one of his worst fortnights as Britain's prime minister. There he was Wednesday in Parliament, looking as dark as a thundercloud as the opposition mercilessly baited him and brayed for his resignation.
June 24, 2007 |
Joe Saunders says the hotel room that the Angels put him in is nice, but he would love to be in a position to purchase some premium Orange County property. The 25-year-old left-hander has been with the Angels three times this season, only to be sent back to their triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. Twice this month, including this weekend, Saunders has been called up for a spot start, only to be sent back down.
March 30, 2008 |
"My mom is the third butt to the right in the sculpture," says Tiffany Koepp, 24. "I watched the unveiling on the local news. It was a big story at the time." Koepp is referring to the famous showgirls sculpture in front of the Riviera on the Strip that since 1997 has been a favorite backdrop for tourists' snaps. Nowadays, Koepp works as the company manager for "X Burlesque," the topless show her mom, Angela Stabile, has produced on the Strip since retiring from the stage.
August 26, 2001
Thank you for the story on Eagle Rock--one of the great, relatively hidden treasures of Los Angeles ("Mayberry, Shmayberry," by Dave Gardetta, July 29). It irked me, however, that Gardetta didn't seem to understand that the reason Eagle Rock matters is not because it might be poised as the "next hot place." Eagle Rock offers an alternative to the tired trendiness of West Hollywood and Los Feliz. For Eagle Rock beginners, I suggest having dinner at Colombo's on a Friday night to get a taste of the rich, quirky, wonderfully diverse community.
January 22, 2012
In a city of lush gardens, the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air is neither the biggest nor the most accessible. But it is among the rarest examples of post-World War II Japanese private gardens in this country. Featuring paths of varied textures that wind past pines, a waterfall and a stone pagoda, among other features, it is a melding of Kyoto and California. Designed in 1959 by the renowned Japanese garden designer Nagao Sakurai, its mere creation was considered part of a renewed respect for Japan in the United States.