September 20, 2013 |
They come at night for Gustavo Dudamel. They come during the day for Frank Gehry. Not everyone visiting the Walt Disney Concert Hall during its first decade has been interested in experiencing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, it seems. "I'm not here for the music. I like the architecture," said Lucian Huxley Smith, a 26-year-old writer from London. FULL COVERAGE: Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10 Smith was with Penni Killick, 25, who works for a London literary agency.
September 5, 2013 |
As developer and project manager Dave McAdam walks through a newly built Palm Springs house dubbed Desert Two, he lists off the novel design elements: the swimming pool, smartly set in the frontyard instead of the back; the experimental ceiling, an expanse of steel with tiny perforations allowing cooled air to drift down into the glass-walled living area. Even the master bedroom has a surprise in back: a shower and bathtub on the deck outside. LARGER-FORMAT PHOTO GALLERY: Desert Two house in Palm Springs The novelty that can't be seen?
September 2, 2013 |
"Fifty Shades of Grey" novelist E.L. James announced Monday morning on Twitter that Dakota Johnson had won the coveted role as college graduate Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of her bestselling erotic novel. The role of Anastasia is the biggest to date for Johnson, 23, who is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and granddaughter of Tippi Hedren. The actress made her film debut playing her mother's on-screen daughter in 1999's "Crazy in Alabama," which stepfather Antonio Banderas directed.
August 7, 2013 |
Danielle Steel has written 130 books and is by all accounts a success, but she still deals with condescension from men at dinner parties. The 65-year-old Steel took to her blog to write a post, "Are you still a Brain Surgeon?" where she details her experiences with men who belittle her writing career, and those of her female entrepreneur friend. According to Steel, the situation happens this way: She will run into a man that she hasn't seen for awhile. He will immediately ask, "So, are you still writing?"
July 29, 2013 |
How many words does it take to sum up not just a distinctive sound in country music, but to describe a whole period, one that includes an attitude and a level of singing, songwriting and instrumental expertise that represents one of the pinnacles of the whole genre over the last century? Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and his longtime friend, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, need just one: "Bakersfield. " "If you want to define country music to me in its greatest era," Gill, 56, said last week, "it would be Bakersfield - it would be Buck and Merle, those songs and those instruments.
July 18, 2013 |
Alfre Woodard was thrilled for two good reasons Thursday morning: She was nominated for supporting actress for the role of Ouiser in the Lifetime remake of "Steel Magnolias," and it was Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. "It's a happy, happy day!" said Woodard by phone from LAX airport, where she was waiting for a plane to fly to Napa to participate in Festival del Sole, which benefits arts education. "I feel as excited as I did 50,000 years ago when I got my first nomination. I'm so proud to be an actor because you get to keep company with other actors, and I love to be reminded that that's my village.
July 13, 2013 |
PARIS - The French train accident Friday that resulted in at least six deaths appears to have been caused by a problem with a steel clip on a switch that enables trains to change tracks, according to the national rail company, SNCF. The clip, located on a switch about 200 yards from the train station, "broke away, became detached and came out of its housing," said Pierre Izard, SNCF's general manager for infrastructure. That probably led to the derailing of an intercity train departing from Paris, headed to Limoges, outside the Bretigny-sur-Orge station 12 miles south of the capital.
July 13, 2013 |
Novelist Danielle Steel, 65, had a passion for fashion even before she got her hands on her first Hermes Kelly bag, a gift from her grandmother, at age 17. A regular on the bestseller list, with more than 600 million books sold since her first title published in 1972, Steel is adept at documenting the lifestyles of the rich and famous, perhaps because she has always had a front row seat. She grew up between New York and Europe, is a fixture on the San Francisco social scene and a regular at the Paris haute couture shows.
June 28, 2013 |
Think you can escape the world's troubles by heading to the multiplex this summer? Think again. Terrorist schemes have a starring role in the season's action movies, triggering an assortment of mayhem - collapsing skyscrapers, spaceships flying into densely populated cities and bombers run amok. "Star Trek Into Darkness" features two attacks on crowded offices. The apparent villain in "Iron Man 3" bears a preternatural resemblance to Osama bin Laden. The survivors of collapsing high-rises in "Man of Steel" look just like New Yorkers covered in the gray ashes of the fallen World Trade Center towers.