| Jun 11, 2012
| 11:58 AM
SACRAMENTO — In a second-floor walk-up near the Capitol, two children of one of the world's richest men used to slump into armchairs in the evening and gripe about California education, unwittingly laying the groundwork for a potential upheaval in...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 7:32 AM
A decades-spanning musical drama about a mother and daughter, "Beloved" is both broody and bright, steeped in amour in all its Gallic permutations: mad, destined, unrequited, sustaining.
In the central roles, real-life mother and daughter Catherine...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 4:46 PM
In the to-the-point argot of Hollywood, director Tony Scott was known as a shooter, a term of respect that cut two different ways.
In one sense, "shooter" referred to the eye for images Tony shared with his brother Ridley, an eye that first came to...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 9:44 AM
Food lends itself to good writing because, as M.F.K. Fisher so famously wrote long ago, writing about food often means writing about “other, deeper needs for love and happiness.” In defense of her craft and her subject, she declared: “...
| May 25, 2008
As Vietnam modernizes, vestiges of the French colonial era are fading fast, except for the return of the Emeraude to Halong Bay. Since 2003, the beautiful, wood-lined paddle steamer has been taking guests for one-night cruises in a wonder-world of...
| Jun 2, 2008
Yves Saint Laurent, the French fashion designer who created a bold new dress code for women during the feminist revolution of the 1970s and helped launch the era of the celebrity designer with his jet-set lifestyle, died Sunday at 71.
The designer died...
| Apr 20, 2007
PARIS — A road movie set in the U.S., directed by a Chinese auteur, financed by a French company and starring a mix of British and American actors, Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" will open this year's Cannes Film Festival in competition....
| May 25, 2008
What a difference 21 years makes.
In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
| Nov 9, 2008
Shoe designers Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik are practically household names, but there's a new foot soldier in town: Bruno Frisoni at Roger Vivier. No other designer right now has so many celebrities sole-struck, be it Katie Holmes or Cate...
| Aug 19, 2007
"HALSTON made this for Ali McGraw for the premiere of 'Love Story,' and she gave it to me a very long time ago. It's so cool, right?"
Cool is an understatement. Nevermind its history. The eggplant-colored coat that Natasha Gregson Wagner has just...
| Sep 25, 2008
If one reality star has her way, you'll soon be wearing "Oh de Cologne."
A 22-year-old college grad named Cologne is just one of the 11 hopefuls who are vying to win the coveted position of Junior Editor at Elle magazine on the reality competion show...