October 16, 2013 |
Nothing compares today to the epic story of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's tumultuous relationship. Not even the Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez hookup. An epochal, iconic, paradigmatic story of celebrity love, sex, marriage, divorce - and rehab - the Burton-Taylor yarn is the Antony and Cleopatra of our generation. (And we're all the more twisted for it.) The Burton-Taylor tale is dramatized on TV for the second time this year in Burton and Taylor , a wonderful, if flawed, British TV movie that features a master turn by Dominic West as Burton and a surprisingly fresh take on Taylor by Helena Bonham Carter.
June 13, 2013
Harry Lewis, 93, founder of the Hamburger Hamlet chain, whose regular customers included Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, died Sunday at a convalescent home in Beverly Hills. Mr. Lewis was an actor who appeared in the 1948 movie Key Largo before founding Hamburger Hamlet chain in 1950 with his future wife, Marilyn. The restaurants were decorated with movie memorabilia and offered customized hamburgers long before the idea became trendy. Mr. Lewis' son, Adam, told the Los Angeles Times that his father was compulsively driven by attention to detail and would cook 30 hamburgers at once.
November 26, 2012 |
They were CinemaScopic film stars, with 12 Academy Award nominations between them. They were married 13 times in all, twice to each other. They were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and their booze-soaked, storm-tossed romance is the subject of Lifetime's deliriously cheesy Liz & Dick (Sunday, 9 p.m.). Most of the attention on this TV movie arose from the daily sideshow that was Lindsay Lohan's offscreen life during the production as the actress was portraying Taylor.
November 21, 2012
THERE'S MORE reason than usual to keep politics off the Thanksgiving menu this year: Even if every member of your family is thankful for the re-election of President Obama, the spirit of the holiday doesn't extend to gloating, whatever MSNBC pundits believe. Grousing? Even less festive. Fox News will be there on Friday. So what's left on the table beyond football? Television. Everyone watches TV, or will be happy to talk - for hours - about why they don't. Here are a few other TV Talking Points: * "Liz & Dick.
October 26, 2012 |
WE HAVE TO ADMIT, we have a little TattleCrush on Taylor Swift. Not her music necessarily - an endless loop of songs about girls who dump boys hits a little too close to home. And not necessarily her wide-eyed astonishment when she walks off with a hundred awards - for the hundredth time. No, what Tattle loves about Taylor is that she's a media ninja. She understands the PR game the best, and she plays each move like a chess grandmaster. Who else but Taylor could be linked to a new boy every few months and still be considered "America's sweetheart.
June 22, 2012 |
It looks as though Lindsay Lohan has triggered a workplace-safety issue. Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing Lindsay's TV movie "Liz & Dick" after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days. That would be too much Liz and not enough Dick. Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lilo as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in the SAG-AFTRA review. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production.
March 18, 2012
How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice By M.G. Lord Walker & Co. 224 pp. $23 Reviewed by Meredith Broussard I picked up The Accidental Feminist , the new book about Elizabeth Taylor by cultural critic M.G. Lord, because I hoped it signaled a new wave of feminism emerging in America. The time is right for a fourth wave; It's been a little more than 20 years since Susan Faludi's Backlash , and hemlines are up and heels are sky-high.
December 21, 2011 |
Some believe that in 2011, the world lost its most beautiful woman. When Elizabeth Taylor , 79, took leave of this life in March, hers joined many celebrated names now in the possession of memory and history. Her beautiful face, and the Everyman face of Harry Morgan ( M*A*S*H and much else), who passed away at 96, led a cavalcade of lives completed this year. Newsmakers. By far the biggest newsmaker to die this year was Osama bin Laden , 54, terrorist leader of al-Qaeda.
December 19, 2011 |
GHOULISH OR NOT, the contents of the home where Michael Jackson died sold for around $1 million at auction Saturday, nearly triple the Julien's Auctions' preshow estimate of $200,000 to $400,000. Among the highlights: A kitchen chalkboard on which MJ's children wrote, "I love daddy," sold for $5,000, and an armoire upon which he wrote a message to himself on the mirror nabbed $25,750. The auction also included furniture, artwork and other items from the rented mansion at 100 N. Carolwood Drive.
October 24, 2011 |
In honor of Tennessee Williams' centennial birthday, South Camden Theatre Company's season celebrates all things Williams, commencing the festivities with his exercise in self-flagellation, Suddenly, Last Summer . The play, fleshed out - so to speak - by Williams and Gore Vidal in a 1959 film, starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, really consists of two monologues, supported at key moments by other players. Those monologues sure give a gal a chance to show off, and in this production, directed at a rolling boil by Connie Norwood, in Robert Bingaman's lush garden set, the gals - steel magnolia Violet Venable (Lee Kiszonas)