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March 9, 1997
Regarding the letter from A. Venkatesh about "Napa Nest" (Feb. 16): I think Chef Thomas Keller would be insulted to have anyone describe his Yountville restaurant, the French Laundry, as "swank." The dictionary uses these words to describe "swank": ostentatious, swaggering, showy, pretentious and expensive. None of these words apply to the French Laundry. How about superb, elegant, understated, wonderful and fantastic? MYRON D. OAKES San Marino
January 16, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
So that's what the Wallis sounds like. It's been more than two months since Beverly Hills opened its swank Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But until Wednesday night the multipurpose Bram Goldsmith Theater in the transformed historic post office building had yet to be purposed for unamplified music (with the exception of a few minutes of a tony gala). The St. Lawrence String Quartet did the honors by inaugurating the Wallis' classical music series. A hall with many uses - music of all sorts, theater, dance, opera and children's shows - can be an acoustician's riskiest assignment.
March 6, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The deal Alcon Entertainment, on behalf of Hilary Swank and her producing partner, Molly Smith, options Michelle Wildgen's "You're Not You," a highly praised novel about a woman dying from Lou Gehrig's disease and a younger woman who takes care of her. The players Swank ("Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby") and Smith ("P.S. I Love You") producing, along with Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan from DiNovi Pictures ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). Wildgen represented on film rights by Creative Artists Agency, on literary rights by Emilie Stewart and the Anne Edelstein Literary Agency.
September 5, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Hilary Swank presented Michael Kors with the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry in Fashion at a luncheon in New York City on Wednesday as New York Fashion Week got underway. During the luncheon, Fashion Institute of Technology third-year student Kimberly Nguyen was named the first recipient of the Michael Kors' Endowed Scholarship, established with a $1-million grant the designer made to FIT. Balenaciaga is suing former creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere for $9 million over statements he made after leaving the label in 2012, and a court date has been set for Oct. 15, WWD reports and The Cut expands upon.
September 5, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Suffering from UFS, Unsightly Fan Syndrome? You can beat the heat in style with the Otto by Swiss designer Carlo Borer. The fan has a swank ring frame made from sapele, a mahogany-like wood from Africa, and the cool, contemporary styling smartly conceals the piece's inner-workings. Price: $199.99, shipping included, from -- David A. Keeps
April 26, 1989
Thieves took nearly $1,000 from Jennifer Beals' hotel room while the actress was on location in the Philippines shooting the movie "Madonna and the Dragon," police said today. Beals, 25, best known for starring in the 1983 hit "Flashdance," discovered the theft when she returned to her room at the swank Manila Pavillion hotel, Sgt. Potenciano Gregorio said. Gregorio said police were questioning employees because the room did not appear to be broken into.
October 23, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey, FILM CRITIC
History can weigh heavily on a filmmaker, and that is what happens with "Amelia," a disappointing rendering of the remarkable life of Amelia Earhart. The pioneering aviatrix lost in flight is a figure so iconic, and director Mira Nair so tentative with her legend, that all the reverence and tiptoeing around grounds a film that should have soared. The life of Earhart, who burst on the scene in 1928 flying airplanes when they were still the province of men, is exactly the sort of saga Nair loves to tell.
June 6, 2009 | Philip Brandes
Ostensibly a sharp-edged satiric portrait of a marriage ripped apart by infidelity, Theresa Rebeck's savvy if sometimes formulaic comedy, "The Scene," cuts a broader swath through layers of betrayal in contemporary show business. Art Manke's smart, sexy staging for Santa Barbara's Ensemble Theatre Company pulls no punches with Rebeck's four-character immorality tale. Its focal point is Charlie (David Nevell), a bright, arrogant and, naturally, unemployed New York actor whose disdain for artistic compromise comes cheap -- he's been living off the income of his wife, Stella (Colette Kilroy)
April 16, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
You've just won an Academy Award as best actress. What's your next big project? If you're Hilary Swank, it's helping to produce and star in ... a game show for cable TV. AMC announced this week that Swank, husband Chad Lowe and actor-director Bob Balaban will be executive producers of six installments of "Celebrity Charades," featuring them and other performers playing movie-related charades to raise money for charity. It debuts June 20. From a Times staff writer
March 2, 2005 | From Newsday
They've upped the world championship count from 126 to 127 at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn. With Hilary Swank's best actress win at the Oscars on Sunday, a signed photo of her has been hung on the office wall inside the gym, just above George Foreman and next to Jack Dempsey. "I'm happy, because when she came here, she said she wanted to win the Oscar one more time," said trainer Hector Roca, who Swank thanked in her acceptance speeches at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
April 20, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Richard Curtis is indisputably one of the good ones. A British screenwriter who helped give the world the comic genius of "Black Adder" and delivered a string of smart rom-com hits including "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Love Actually" while writing for television shows as varied as "Mr. Bean," "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" and "Dr. Who," Curtis is also a founding member of Comic Relief, which, since 1985, has...
February 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Michael Kors' show at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday brought out a Hollywood A-list of a front row: Michael Douglas, Zoe Saldana, Hilary Swank and Jada Pinkett Smith with daughter Willow, along with Broadway star and onetime "30 Rock" guest star Cheyenne Jackson and actress Paz Vega. [Cut] Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore found the Kors collection a bit rough, terming the aesthetic "haute road crew. " [Los Angeles Times] Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus was spotted at Rachel Zoe's show.
January 23, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
As is usually the case at Giorgio Armani Prive, A-listers dotted the front row Tuesday for the spring/summer 2013 collection. Among them were actresses Uma Thurman, Hilary Swank, Claudia Cardinale and Isabelle Huppert. Aside from attending fashion shows, Swank made news in Paris over the weekend, but not for the best of reasons: Thieves broke into the taxi in which she riding and snatched her purse. When asked about the incident, the two-time Oscar winner simply smiled and said, "I'm OK, thank you. " Among others in attendance at the show were three striking fashion models: Tallulah Harlech, daughter of longtime Karl Lagerfeld muse Lady Amanda Harlech; Amber Le Bon, daughter of Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and model Yasmin Le Bon; and deejay Lady Mary Charteris, recently wed to musician Robbie Furze.
October 26, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Tim
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank has put her Mediterranean-style house in Pacific Palisades on the market for $9.495 million. Built in 1928, the 6,722-square-foot home has six fireplaces, six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in three stories. Features of the ocean-view house include a step-down living room, a dining room that can seat 20, a theater, a cigar room/wine cellar, a gym and a separate office or maid's quarters. The grounds of about a third of an acre include a swimming pool and terraced vegetable gardens.
March 11, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
More than 50 years ago, riders in California first put wheels on a plank, called it a skateboard and brought the sport of ocean surfing onto dry land. Then cheap foreign labor drove many builders overseas or out of business, leaving entrepreneurs such as Tod Swank wondering whether "made in California" would become a thing of the past. In 2005, Swank got a chance to slow the exodus. The former pro skater was selling his own brands of boards manufactured by San Diego-based Watson Laminates, one of the first of the "old school" manufacturers to move into laminated products from boards carved out of solid pieces of wood.
November 11, 2010 | By Lisa Rosen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Betty Anne Waters spent almost two decades trying to free her brother Kenny from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a crime she was sure he didn't commit. On the surface, "Conviction" is the true story about the lengths a sister will go to save her brother. But the film delves far below that surface. As acted by Hilary Swank, the loyalty Betty Anne has for Kenny is almost superhuman. Her journey is complicated because Kenny is as engaging as he is volatile, and as embodied by Sam Rockwell, that combination could very well be lethal.
Tempest, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last weekend, has managed to weather the Sturm und Drang of Clubland '96 to land with its dancing shoes on. The swank supper club and discotheque has a number of things going for it. First off, it's located at the Beverly Center. Admit it. If you live in L.A., you like malls. Chances are, you love malls, and what could be more convenient than pulling into the Beverly Center's spacious, safe parking structure to begin your evening's revelry?
Let Calvin Klein mire himself in cheerless Euro-angst, Tommy Hilfiger dish up more Homeboys Deluxe, and Donna Karan show her top-of-the-line men's collection in Italy, where she can really be appreciated. At the fall menswear shows here, Ralph Lauren was back to Old Money American opulence and, to hear him tell it, not a moment too soon.
October 15, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Conviction" ? "Conviction," starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, is an exceedingly earnest ripped-from-the-headlines story of a sister's saving grace and the salvation possible with DNA typing. It follows the prison saga of Kenny Waters (Rockwell), a good ole rural Massachusetts boy serving a life sentence for a murder he contends he didn't commit, and the extraordinary measures his sister Betty Anne (Swank) takes to fight that conviction. Yet the film falls short of delivering the outrage and uplift that should have come easy for this true-life fight against justice denied.
October 10, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in a mobile home in the Pacific Northwest, Hilary Swank unwittingly found herself placed in her first role: trailer trash. "My friends' parents didn't want me playing with their kids, and I didn't understand it, because I didn't think of where I lived as being that big of a deal. I had a roof over my head," Swank said last week as she bit into a cucumber finger sandwich at Santa Monica's Tudor House tea room, a world away from her modest childhood home. "But their parents would say, 'You need to go home now.' At 7 years old, I learned what classism was, growing up poor.
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