One of traditional decorating elements in Roman trattorias (besides the red and white checked tablecloths, uncomfortable chairs and over bright lighting) are framed photographs of "celebrity" clients. These can often date back decades and whether or not you recognize the face in the frame, it's kind ... More >>
Getting the right people to run things in a new restaurant or hotel is key. And when you've got a world-famous director running things, you can bet he's gonna get his casting right the first time around.
Francis Ford Coppola is no newbie to the hotel biz. His exotic resorts in Belize, Guatemala and ... More >>
Christina Limson O'Connell Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band
Better than...Francis Ford Coppola playing the tuba.
Before the start of the European tour documented in the 1997 Woody Allen documentary Wild Man Blues, Allen tells his bandmates, "Theoretically this should ... More >>
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
The Toronto Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, offering the usual mix of Oscar bait, new films from foreign and experimental masters, and basically every conceivable thing in between. With the caveat that the lineup, hundreds of films strong, could not possibly be tackle ... More >>
Shannon CottrellSteampunk at San Diego Comic-Con 2010More in "San Diego Comic-Con Announces Thursday July 21 Schedule: Bruce Campbell, Yoshiki, Stan Lee, Mike Judge and More." and "San Diego Comic-Con Announces Friday, July 22 Schedule: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Chris Elliott, Wil Wheaton, ... More >>
‚ÄčAnd the Oscar for Best Wine goes to....As Academy Awards' speeches go, the one given by Robert De Niro on Saturday night stands head and shoulders above the rest. Oenaphiles, sommeliers and vignerons in particular should take note: there's a new wine critic in town. "You talkin' to me?"
Presenti ... More >>
"Most of the stops on this tour are in piss-stained alleys," chuckled David Smay, as a motley--if well-dressed--crew of 47 settled themselves on his bus, which this past Saturday was parked outside King Eddy's--the only dive bar left "on the nickel" in downtown's increasingly gentrified Skid ... More >>
B-movie king and splatter-flick auteur Roger Corman is getting a lifetime achievement Academy Award, the Associate Press is reporting Wednesday.Roger Corman‚ÄčThe director and producer is behind hundreds of horror films, including Children of the Corn, Death Race 2000 and Piranha, that are so graphi ... More >>
The best film to open the Cannes Film Festival in the seven years I've been attending, and just a lovely film all around, the Pixar studios' Up (which opens in wide release next Friday, May 29) suggests what Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino might have looked like if, instead of standing his ground, East ... More >>
Hollywood and John Updike, who died today at the age of 76, never made
for the easiest of bedfellows. In 1970, the underrated director Jack
Smight took an admirable stab at filming Rabbit, Run,
the first in Updike's tetralogy of novels about the disaffected former
high-school basketball star Harry " ... More >>