June 19, 2015 |
ABC will go back in time while Amazon Studios hops over to London, in two shows that explore the families we create when we're forced into extraordinary circumstances. We have lift-off . . . Behind every great early-space pioneer was a great, Jell-O-salad-making woman. So says The Astronaut Wives Club , ABC's new period drama about the wives of the first astronauts. Itpremieres at 8 p.m. Thursday. Based on Lily Koppel's book, The Astronaut Wives Club focuses each of its episodes on one of the women married to a member of the Mercury Seven.
June 3, 2015
The long: Seventies-born, Emmy-winning educational segue that once interrupted Saturday morning cartoons takes to the stage in a story that aims its catchy rock 'n' roll hits squarely and energetically at elementary schoolers. The short: Kids learn. Parents reminisce. The demo: Ages 5 to 12. The length: One quick hour. The plot: A teacher named Tom dreams up five fantastical Technicolor characters the night before his first class. The set: Tom's studio apartment alternately transforms into Independence Hall, the Capitol building, a map of the USA and, during a visit from Interplanet Janet, outer space.
February 19, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If spring 2015's runway looks - shown last September - were all about pared down, futuristic silhouettes, expect this fall's fashions to take you on a journey to outer space. At this year's Fall Fashion Week, ending Thursday in New York, three-quarter length skirts and cocoon coats have been both cozy and commanding. Expect to see midriff top and matching skirt (or pant) ensembles - also among the week's top looks - trending from spring into fall. It seems the higher-waisted - and the skinnier - the pants, the better, but mini bell bottoms will likely replace those tapered at the ankles.
August 1, 2014 |
FOR AT LEAST a century we've been beaming our pop culture into deep space, which probably explains why we've gotten no official visits from aliens. If there is intelligent life out there, watching "Gilligan's Island" and listening to the Starland Vocal Band, surely they'll skip the Milky Way altogether. At least that would be a reasonable guess. The funny, kicky "Guardians of the Galaxy" offers a different take - that whatever magic resides in an '80s mix-tape could save the universe.
March 1, 2014 |
It can't be easy for sci-fi filmmakers to work in the shadows of such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey or, for that matter, Alien . Two new films try, with mixed success. The latest masterpiece from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón ( Children of Men , Y Tu Mamá También ), Gravity is a tense two-character drama that has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the sole survivors of a disastrous explosion that wipes out the crew of a space shuttle who were assigned to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
December 4, 2013 |
How many teenagers does it take to fill a test tube? If that test tube is going from Downingtown to outer space, the count is seven. One to hold the tube. Three or four to measure and dispense precise quantities of ingredients, and the rest to advise and interject spirited commentary. It took well over an hour, but you can hardly blame the 10th graders from Downingtown STEM Academy for taking their time. Their test tube contained an experiment scheduled to take off for the International Space Station on Dec. 17, and they had one shot to get it right.
August 16, 2013 |
Clowns used to scare the daylights out of me. (OK, they still do.) They were uncanny, creepy creatures with the darkest and scariest of souls, - why else, I reasoned, would they need to hide behind so much garish face paint? Seems the Chiodo brothers felt the same way. Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, the dynamic filmmaking trio is responsible for the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space , a delightfully schlocky horror comedy about a race of vicious, bloodthirsty invading aliens who look like circus clowns - but with very sharp teeth.
June 15, 2013 |
Joanna Pang, the longtime owner of the Trocadero, is a serious businesswoman, not given to superlative. Neither is respected film curator Josh Goldbloom. Yet, ask them about their newest joint venture and each turns gushing teen. "There's never been anything like this ever and the only word to describe it is awesome," exclaims Pang, talking about the summerlong Awesome Fest, with its mix of concerts, dressed-up live events, film screenings, and celebrity meet-and-greets - all around an '80s theme.
June 12, 2013
Creativity blossomed larger than a white water lily at this spring's end-of-year student fashion shows, where young designers sent versions of thrift-store chic and 1960s mod looks down their runways. Moore College of Art & Design senior Amanda Davis showed two collections, among the evening's highlights. Davis' urban-prep women's wear featured lettered sweaters and knee-length pleated skirts; it was voted most saleable. Her out-of-this-world evening wear, inspired by outer space, featured a bell-sleeved electric sheer gown that could outdo J.Lo.
May 23, 2013
Frederick Doyle, 93, a photographic mapping specialist whose work included space photography for NASA, photo reconnaissance from spy satellites, and high-resolution photos of Earth's surface from outer space, died April 17 at his home in McLean, Va. He had congestive heart failure, said his daughter Margaret Grant. In 1969, Mr. Doyle became chairman of NASA's Apollo Orbital Science Photographic Team, and he planned the camera systems for Apollo lunar missions 13 through 17. He later directed photography projects on Mariner and Viking missions to Mars, Venus, and Mercury.