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)
September 1, 2013 |
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
August 30, 2013 |
If there's anything that Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians could agree on, the joys of "Gangnam Style" might have been on that list. But alas, a group of Israeli soldiers are in hot water after video surfaced of the troops dancing with Palestinian locals to Psy's K-Pop hit at a Hebron nightcub, while they were ostensibly on patrol. It's the latest of many impromptu Psy tribute dances that have gotten its subjects in trouble with authorities. And it's not the first time Israeli Defense Forces troops have been warned about pop music dance-offs -- a 2010 video of soldiers dancing to Kesha's "Tik Tok" in Hebron also earned them rebuke from their superiors after it went viral.
August 27, 2013 |
Taylor Swift and her ex Harry Styles may have had a contentious time at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday, but you'd never know it based on a photo an Instagram user snapped at one of the show's after-parties. We knew this photo was trouble ... The "22" singer posed for the snapshot with her ex and her tourmate Ed Sheeran at a fete at the SoHo Grand Hotel Club Room. PHOTOS: Taylor Swift is never, ever getting back together with ... "Hosting the VMA after party @grandlifehotels With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Harry Styles," DJ Spiky Phil said when he posted the photo, in which he also appears.
August 26, 2013 |
Taylor Swift obviously doesn't keep things to herself. The "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer dropped the F-bomb at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday when her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles and One Direction band member took the stage to present the night's first award for best pop video. The band rambled about being British and the best fans being in New York, where the show took place this year. That's when the audience camera cut to Swift. PHOTOS: MTV Video Music Awards | Show Highlights Swift, 23, who isn't shy about telling people how she really feels, was caught saying "shut the ... up" to bestie Selena Gomez, after Zayn Malik's part of the intro.
August 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The contrasts used to be one of the most attractive elements of tennis. Pete Sampras standing at the net, Andre Agassi at the baseline trying to get the ball past his greatest rival. Chris Evert, dainty but cruelly clever in the backcourt, against Martina Navratilova, who moved forward, fast as a whip, knocking a volley that Evert lunged at or just missed, eliciting a squeak of frustration from Evert. Or John McEnroe, dancing on his toes, back and forth as Bjorn Borg stood at the back of the court and calculated the correct angle at which to whiz the ball past his rival - only to have McEnroe, with a flick of the wrist, gently drop the ball over the net, just in the spot where Borg couldn't reach it. Billie Jean King still volunteers to coach players and teach them to serve and volley.
August 23, 2013 |
Harry Styles has come to terms with the inevitable: Taylor Swift will likely write a breakup song about him. "It would be hypocritical for me to say she couldn't do it because everybody writes songs based on personal experience," the One Direction boy bander said in this week's issue of Us Weekly. "At least she's a great songwriter!" The pair split in January after a few months of dating. In March, Swift, 23, revealed that she had already penned a song about the British heartthrob: "I Knew You Were Trouble" to be exact.
August 22, 2013 |
"The Grandmaster" is like a meal of all desserts, with maybe the tiniest bit of protein thrown in. You'll feel decadent enjoying it, but everything is so tasty, it would be foolish to object. An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, "The Grandmaster" finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results. He's found a way to join the romantic languor of his earlier films like "In the Mood for Love" with the fury of Bruce Lee. Working with his alter ego, actor Tony Leung, and an impressive Ziyi Zhang - and leaving the action choreography to the masterful Yuen Woo-ping ("The Matrix," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
August 16, 2013
Bringing to mind a country estate in Europe, the Tuscan-style Mendenhall Estate sits on acres of landscaped grounds in a gated community. The graceful mansion's high-ceiling living room, master suite and swimming pool take in views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. PHOTOS: The Mendehall Estate in Topanga Location: 21000 Mendenhall Court, Topanga 90290 Asking price: $21.5 million Year built: 2004 House size: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 23 acres Features: Media room, office, wine cellar, children's wing with game room, covered terraces, saline swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, soccer field, bocce court, well, solar panels, fruit trees, four-car garage, 35 on-site parking spots, zoned for horses About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes resold in the 90290 ZIP Code at a median price of $980,000, according to DataQuick.
August 10, 2013 |
Holding back time is a big job. But out here in the high mountain desert, where rattlesnakes and sagebrush outnumber people, it is a task Dean Coombs shoulders each week with a certain glee. Tuesday is press day at the Saguache Crescent, now in its 134th year. Coombs is the disheveled guy hunkered down amid the dust and dilapidation of the newspaper's office, hunting and pecking at the keyboard of the same Linotype machine his grandparents used when Warren G. Harding was in the White House.