February 27, 2014 |
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
December 5, 2013 |
Answers start to be revealed in the new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as the movie picks up the scent of mysteries left open by the first film. That's particularly true in the matter of Peter Parker's father and his knotty past relationship with shady Oscorp, for which he once worked. The first movie left open what it is that the older Parker did for the company and why those doings led to his disappearance, but such events seem to be at the heart of this film's revelation and action.
November 25, 2013 |
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must fight to the death against other teenagers who have been forced by the powerful Capitol to participate in the nation's annual blood sport. Lionsgate, the studio responsible for the films, is promoting "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and CoverGirl makeup with a website, Capitol Couture . The site is a visually stunning, in-character spectacle, with contributors pretending to work for, and live in, the Capitol.
August 30, 2013 |
L.A.'s invigorating jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective Vaud & the Villains has called the funky Club Fais Do-Do its home since launching several years ago, but Friday night the band moves into the great outdoors with a performance at the cozy Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The group, which pulls as many as 20 singers, instrumentalists and dancers onstage during its rollicking shows, also is expanding its reach with an increasing number of performances outside the Southland.
July 10, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Just when the baseball world thought it had seen everything that Yasiel Puig could become, the Dodgers phenom has added yet another tool. It's not as overwhelming as his bat, or as strong as his arm, but it can be just as powerful - or powerfully destructive - as both. The hot young outfielder and hitter is also now officially a villain. It happened this week in Arizona, where the charging Dodgers swept through the first-place Diamondbacks against a backdrop of boos, accusations and rips.
July 5, 2013 |
Though British actor Lionel Atwill had a long career in theater and in silent movies, it wasn't until the talkies that he came into his own as one of cinema's most menacing villains. Beginning Thursday and continuing through July 25, the American Cinematheque is celebrating the career of the actor with its "Lionel Atwill Lurks Here" series. The malevolent fun begins Thursday at the Egyptian with a triple bill of Atwill delights -- 1939's "Son of Frankenstein," the third film in the "Frankenstein" franchise which inspired Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein.