| Jun 13, 2010
In my youth, nothing spelled summer more than my box of stationery, stashed in a trunk next to my insect repellent, shorts, towels and bathing suit. Summer camp was the pinnacle of the illusion of freedom, albeit in a controlled environment. There I...
| Feb 23, 2009
The costume design nominations spanned many locations and time periods, including San Francisco in the '70s, 18th century England, the Jazz Age in New Orleans, suburban America in the '50s and Australia before World War...
| Mar 1, 2009
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Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia" is at once a western, a war film, a Harlequin romance, a magical-realist fable and a tongue-clucking piece of social history, wrapped up in a decidedly Luhrmann-esque...
| Mar 15, 2009
As half of the most famous gay couple in the country, Portia de Rossi is still working to decipher the mixed messages American culture is sending her way right now.
On the one hand, the actress' marriage to talk-show queen Ellen DeGeneres has won...
| Mar 22, 2009
For someone in the midst of a professional crisis, Susan Sarandon is the picture of calm as she sips tea in a private Greenwich Village club. A head of curls is tucked under a newsboy cap, and her delicate porcelain features are remarkably ageless. You...
| Mar 22, 2009
The early years, before he was old enough to understand the extent of the destruction unfurling around him -- these are the ones Ulrich Ditzen likes to remember. He was just a kid at the time, no more than 4 or 5, and his family lived in a farmhouse in...
| Mar 23, 2009
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Peter Wier and Bruce Beresford were making the Australian films that put Australia on the international movie-making map in the 1970s. But in Oz itself, their grindhouse peers were churning out Benny Hill-ish sex farces, horror and car-crazy action films,...
| Mar 26, 2009
Could Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz be a couple?
The stars are circling a new romantic comedy that would pair Cruise's mysterious, handsome stranger (natch) with unlucky-in-love Diaz, according to Variety.
Height difference be damned, Cruise and Diaz were...
| Mar 29, 2009
Patrick White, the first great novelist to come out of Australia, was born in 1912, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, died in 1990 and his work promptly dropped from fashion. His style of narrative-driven psychological modernism seemed outmoded, perhaps,...
| Mar 30, 2009
In America, comic books have often presented a conservative political message. From the combat missions of World War II GIs to the vigilantism of "The Dark Knight," even anti-heroes have generally fought to preserve the established order. There have...
| Apr 6, 2009
In a Holy Week ritual hearking back to medieval Spain, teenagers from seven East Los Angeles parishes donned costumes Sunday to reenact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Several dozen youths, garbed in the vivid red cloaks and brass helmets of Roman...