The first real Oscar contender of the season has emerged: If you recognize Eddie Redmayne, it will most likely be from his endearing performance as Marius in Les Miserables, or his charming turn as the object of Marilyn Monroe's fleeting attention in My Week with Marilyn. This time, Redmayne takes center stage in a striking portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
Story: Travis has a predicament. He’s invited Shawn back to his apartment, and there’s a strong mutual attraction between them. Just as the relationship is getting intimate, though, Alyse walks through the door with her boyfriend, Ryan. Travis tells Shawn not to worry, that Alyse is just his wife.
It’s always hard seeing films with posthumous performances. I don’t mean watching a Jimmy Stewart classic or a Marilyn Monroe comedy. I mean watching Heath Ledger’s Joker or James Gandolfini in Enough Said. Here, we have Philip Seymour Hoffman (who died in February) in one of his final roles. Sadly, even his brilliant, charismatic performance isn’t enough to help this film.
Santa Monica is a beachside city, bordered on three sides by the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, and on the other side, the majestic sprawl of the Pacific Ocean—a marvelous mix of sophistication and kitsch.
With the bounty of products promising dramatic results for aging skin, we have narrowed this month's beauty selections to serums--highly concentrated facial elixirs that address everything from lines and wrinkles to hydration and radiance.
The eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary marry well in the living room space. The iconic Marilyn Monroe image is flanked by Katz's teapot collection.
I was absolutely convinced that the reason this movie was getting mixed reviews was due to the fact that Margaret Thatcher was a political conservative and occasionally—just occasionally—critics let their politics sway their opinion of a film. Yes, politically this film does play like a campaign ad for anyone running in the Republican primary. But unfortunately, the film just misses the mark.
Due to popular demand, here are the films currently in release that I recommend: Michelle Williams has become an Oscar frontrunner with her stirring portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.
1. What Oscar-nominated actress is set to replace Marg Helgenberger on CSI?
To this day, Marilyn Monroe continues to be one of the most tragic and mesmerizing characters in the landscape of American film. Was she a little girl lost? Was she a manipulative mastermind or a cagey siren? A bipolar drug addict?
While the movie section of the paper this week is feeding your desire to spend a lazy weekend on the couch, the siren song of the Cineplex may be too much to resist.
So, I go to the movies a lot, and for years I have complained about the lack of new ideas in Hollywood. Every year the industry gets bigger, grander and more derivative. Well just when you thought they couldn’t get any shallower, the studios let a little more water out of the tub. Currently the top eight films at the box office are:
I recently taught a weekend retreat for middle school girls and was dismayed by the amount of pressure they were under. Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, in his new book The Triple Bind, describes three challenges facing teen girls today: Be good at all the traditional girl stuff; be good at most of the traditional guy stuff; and conform to a narrow, unrealistic set of standards that allows for no alternative. My middle school girls shared a lot about how these challenges play out for them in everyday life.
Wedded bliss…Congratu lations to MAUREEN and BOB GREENBERG, who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. The couple was married on Nov. 29, 1958, at Westwood Country Club, and honeymooned in Hawaii.
Even Mother Nature’s torrential downpour couldn’t dampen the spirits of guests on the red carpet who were attending the ‘Dream Gala: A Night with the Stars’ for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at Kemp Auto Museum. Joan Rivers and Marilyn Monroe look-alikes were on hand to greet arrivals in true Hollywood fashion for an evening of auctions, dining, dancing and entertainment.