November 16, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Strands of Christmas lights bathed the La Jolla Playhouse stage in a warm golden glow as singing, dancing sister act Violet and Daisy Hilton prepared to leave behind the companionship of friends. The Lizard Man and the Tattooed Lady, the Dog-Faced Boy and the Geek surrounded the conjoined twins in a show of support for the young women who were attempting to break out of the traveling circus to take a shot at real 1930s fame: vaudeville. It was the final day of rehearsals, and costumes still needed to be hemmed and musical arrangements tweaked.
October 15, 2013 |
Halfway through Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” and we've got our first shocker. After a feel-good night of dances commemorating the remaining couples' most memorable Years, it seemed especially harsh to send a couple home. Even worse was the actual couple the glitterverse sent packing: Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. This landed like a big "Forget You" to the high-scoring couple. Not only did this elimination come right after Christina had her best, most memorable dance, but it came after she scored the season's first 10. This also happened to be the night Paris Hilton came out in support of her multi-hyphenate friend.
June 7, 2013 |
Of all the things I imagined Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher might choose for his directing debut, "Violet & Daisy," the story of two teenage assassins on the loose in New York City, was not on the list. Fletcher, who won the Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of Sapphire's searing novel "Precious," once again delves into the lives of teens in troubled situations in "Violet & Daisy. " But any other comparisons end there. Instead of the capacity of the human spirit to soar against impossible odds that defined "Precious," Fletcher, as both writer and director, is interested in the whys and wherefores of girls who blow giant pink bubble-gum bubbles that pop in sync with their gun blasts.
May 2, 2013 |
At 48, Keanu Reeves is twice the age of his nubile costar Adelaide Clemens in "Generation Um... " and the generation gap might explain why they spend the film staring at each other blankly. Reeves plays John, a driver for an escort service who works nights shuttling Mia (Clemens), a placid baby-doll blond, and her raging cokehead partner, Violet (Bojana Novakovic, often pants-less). The women aren't John's friends, exactly - they alternate between pestering him and pleasuring him in a grotty bathroom, both of which make writer-director Mark Mann's feature debut sound more exciting than it is. After an inert first act in which John eats cupcakes and watches strangers, he finally leaps to action by stealing a video camera.
April 24, 2013 |
Poppy Montgomery, one "Unforgettable" actress, is a new mom as of Monday, when she and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first child together. The baby girl is named Violet Grace Devereux Sanford, according to People , which first reported the news. At 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19½ inches long, she arrived at 7:57 a.m., said the mag. That means Montgomery's 5-year-old son Jackson, from a previous relationship, is now a big brother. "We are overjoyed with the arrival of our beautiful angel and filled with gratitude that she is happy, healthy and thriving,” said the couple (he's a Microsoft exec, incidentally)
April 15, 2013 |
Ten minutes into his band's performance Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Damon Albarn of Blur realized he hadn't introduced himself. So after a hard-driving rendition of Blur's song "There's No Other Way," the frontman took a second to address the tens of thousands of music fans sprawled across the manicured grounds of the Empire Polo Club. "For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with us," he said, "we're from England. " The audience might've guessed.