It seems most of what comes out of Hollywood these days are sequels and prequels…and remakes and re-imaginings and reinterpretations. It’s green, actually: Reuse, reduce, recycle. If there’s an additional dollar to be made…like I said, green. So it may surprise you to know that at some point, industry executives dropped the ball. Either that or they exercised some discretion and halted work on an ill-conceived sequel. Perhaps someone learned a valuable lesson from Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Believe it or not, according to screenanswers.com, these sequels were actually in the works until the plug—for whatever reason—was pulled.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
Everyone loves a spring party! And what better theme to plan around in early May than the Kentucky Derby? You don’t have to be in Louisville to get into the Derby spirit.
On the heels of the Winter Olympics, we’re seeing an abundance of athletic-inspired clothing for spring. Mesh details, color-blocking and chic sneakers are key elements that add a sporty look to your everyday uniform. Even dressed-up track pants are showing up everywhere! So step up your fashion game!
As Earth Day approaches, we’re all hopefully thinking of ways we can decrease our carbon footprint. Two effective ways to reduce the amount of fossil fuel we use in our cars are to drive less and to increase the fuel economy of the vehicles we drive.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
Story: Matt and Davis are Americans in Amsterdam for a good time. Trouble is, the former college roommates and 30-somethings are somewhat polar opposites. Davis is a rakish ne’er-do-well, an editor who is on the fast track after plucking a novel from obscurity and seeing it shoot to the top of the charts, courtesy of Matt’s recognition of its artistic merit.
Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Beyond the purchase of your home, a swimming pool is one of the largest investments you will ever make, according to Westport Pools. That’s why its staff recommends only working with the most seasoned pool contractors to bring to life your version of a backyard oasis.
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
The sixth annual Festivale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Neo on Locust, 2801 Locust St. VIP admission will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with general admission beginning at 8 p.m. The event concludes at 10:30 p.m. This year's event has a speakeasy theme and features beers from some of the area's best breweries, as well as apps, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. For more info and to purchase tickets, head online to cff.org.
To quote the actors (I’m guessing) right before they shot the pie-baking scene, Let’s just get this over with! Here is my list of grievances:
Well, we are mid-awards season—an underwhelming awards season at that—and we’re finally through January, notoriously the worst month of the year for movies. It’s gray outside and grim in the cineplex. Nevertheless, refusing to give up on a Hollywood that seems to have done nothing but disappoint over the past year, we look to the future. We cling to the hope that when the new buds appear, so will a new crop of movies--a bountiful harvest of action, comedy, drama and suspense. So, renew your Netflix account and Hulu Plus for the next couple of weeks, and then get excited to go to the movies.
It stands to reason, the higher your net worth, the better off you are today and for the future. While this may be true, local advisers say what's more important is that your net worth shows whether you’re on track to reach your personal goals.
After the spate of awful action movies to hit theaters in the past 10 months or so, suffice it to say, the cinematic bar has been lowered. Really, all I hope for these days is a car chase, an explosion and a likeable good guy who wins in the end. A plot, you say? Well, that would be nice certainly. So, imagine my surprise when I sit down to this: a prequel to the intelligent and wildly successful films based on the Tom Clancy novels. There’s a car chase and an explosion—there also is an extremely well-crafted, interesting and engaging thriller. Who knew?
What if your family was faced with the sudden loss of a loved one, and you were responsible for gathering all the pertinent paperwork at a moment’s notice? That’s exactly what happened to Richard Fox when his father unexpectedly passed away.
On a glitter-clad runway, 19-year-old Devon Windsor of Ladue walked—or rather, strutted—into the homes of 10 million or so television viewers.
Story: Lyman Felt is recovering in the hospital after being involved in a serious car accident, careening down a mountain road in wintry conditions in upstate New York. In and out of delirium, he imagines that his wife Theo and grown daughter Bessie have arrived from New York City to visit him. He also hallucinates that Leah, his other wife, has come to the hospital to see him, too.
Chris Sloan grew up in St. Charles County and already has a lot of life in 31 years. He began it by developing into the best basketball player in Francis Howell North history, scoring almost 1,900 hundred points and leading the school to its only Final Four appearence. At Saint Louis University, he started more than 100 games for three years. He scored 700 points, grabbed 400 rebounds and dished out 150 assists. The 6-foot, 7-inch Sloan was a coach's dream for Lorenzo Romar and Brad Soderberg.
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
Whether you’re planning for marriage, a home purchase, the birth of a child, a college education or retirement, Wells Fargo Advisors has resources to guide you each step of the way. “We have the ability to help clients through practically every financial decision in their lives, at their pace,” says Seth Barnes, senior VP and Frontenac branch manager. “All the while, our most important goal is to help them succeed financially.”
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis.
In today’s world, we are getting used to instant gratification. Many smart phones, tablets, computers and other hi-tech items change—improve—so fast these days, it sometimes seems like a minor miracle. In 1969, there was sufficient technology in this country to send men to the moon. The computing power of those days was so limited, though, that nobody—and I mean nobody—would want a cell phone, computer or any other devices based solely on that era’s technology.