Paris in Color Jun12

Paris in Color

by Nichole Robertson Chronicle Books In shops now Nichole Robertson has joined the ranks of many an American author who arrived at that moment of being “over it.”  In the two pages of text that serve as the introduction to this book of photographs, she recounts that moment when...

Hell on Wheels: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Jun11

Hell on Wheels: The ...

  eOne Home Video In shops now It’s pretty much impossible to watch “Hell on Wheels” without thinking of HBO’s “Deadwood.”  It was the era when America was just setting stakes into the ground and beginning to define itself as a nation, with nothing more...

White Squall Blu-ray May30

White Squall Blu-ray

Mill Creek Entertainment In shops now I’ve been waiting years for this. Right about now, cinephiles all over the world can’t stop saying the name Ridley Scott.  “Prometheus” will surely be one of the summer’s most exciting events – I have no doubt.  And...

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style May29

Herb Ritts: L.A. Sty...

Paul Martineau with an essay by James Crump Getty Publications In shops now The boulevards of Los Angeles have recently been covered in black & white banners announcing the Getty’s current Herb Ritts exhibit, L.A. Style.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade...

Hello! Lucky Greeting Cards May22

Hello! Lucky Greetin...

Website I have a drawer in my office with a stack of cards ready for almost any occasion.  This includes Get Well cards and general sassiness. Any time I stumble in a stationery shop or a market like Unique LA I stock up on terrific (and, if we’re being honest) over-priced cards for...

Bookshelf May21

Bookshelf

by Alex Johnson Thames & Hudson In shops now I have recently gone into a co-habitation phase.  I live in a great house with plenty of space but very little light (it’s not unlike a treehouse), so every available wall surface has been, or is about to be, a window or sliding glass...

Fall TV Picks

This week was broadcast television’s coming out party in New York.  A slew of new shows were announced for the 2012-2013 season.  Some of them I can tell you right now, will be cancelled.  There are others, however, that I really cannot wait to see.  Such...

Sherlock: Season Two Blu-ray May17

Sherlock: Season Two...

BBC Home Entertainment In shops now When I first saw ‘Sherlock’ last year I was mesmerized.  First it was the tilt-shift photography and the playful subtitles to reveal text messages and emails, and then it was Sherlock’s gift for piecing together an entire narrative from...

Father of the Bride 20th Anniversary Edition &  Father of the Bride Part II Blu-ray May16

Father of the Bride ...

Touchstone Home Entertainment In shops now I’m not usually one for the “combo” pack DVD.  It can feel a little cheesy on the shelf in a proper cinephile’s library, but in this case I will allow it. “Father of the Bride” was a defining movie for me growing...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide May14

The Metropolitan Mus...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art In shops now When I lived in New York, I loved nothing more than spending a whole Sunday at the Met.  It didn’t matter how many times I went (I’m still finding little M pins in various colours all over the place) because the museum is so vast and...

Gremlins & Gremlins 2 Blu-ray May03

Gremlins & Grem...

Warner Home Video In shops on 8 May Oh, the ’80s.  How wonderful you were.  The movies were about adventure and creatures and buried treasure and family.  Lately there’s not so much in the vein of “E.T.” or “The Goonies” or “Back to the...

Jamie’s 30-Min...

  BBC America Premieres Tuesday 1 May @ 1p Seriously, the man does not sleep.  After tackling food by season and by country, Mr. Oliver is now doing his best Rachel Ray and addresses the issue of time by concocting full meals – wondrous weeknight feasts – in under 30 minutes. Of...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Apr26

The Best Exotic Mari...

Fox Searchlight Now playing in select cinemas Moviegoers have always loved tales about traveling abroad to explore a new world and possibly begin a new life.  From “Roman Holiday” to “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and “Eat Pray...

Brave: Trailer 4 Apr24

Brave: Trailer 4

Walt Disney Pictures Watch it here There are so many trailers by now, but the one that was unveiled this morning suggests that “Brave” is one of the best bets on the summer movie...

The Song of Achilles Apr23

The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller Ecco In shops now I’m a little late to the party on this one.  It’s been a minute since I read “The Iliad” and I never did see Brad Pitt’s “Troy,” so most of the particulars of the Trojan War have escaped my head.  But when I saw...

The Lucky One Apr20

The Lucky One

  Warner Bros. In cinemas nationwide Nicholas Sparks.  I know.  I know.  While the best-selling novelist’s many books may drive many a young woman to a coquettish snicker, for so many of us out there in the dark (the boys, especially) we see these trailers coming down the line and...

Veep

HBO Premieres Sunday night at 10p I don’t know how she does it, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus just keeps getting better and better.  She was enjoyable on ‘Seinfeld’ and she was what drew me into the series I never thought I would want to watch, ‘The New Adventures of Old...

Henri 2, Paw de Deux Apr17

Henri 2, Paw de Deux

Sometimes great things appear on the wall of the Face, and this is one of them.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Apr16

Los Angeles Times Fe...

Festival 21 + 22 April 2012 I arrived in Los Angeles as a New York book snob.  I missed The Strand and the (real) edition of the Sunday Times.  It took me a minute to discover the literati scene here.  Turns out, you can find a lot of it while listening to NPR on your way to the annual...

Exorcism: A Play in One Act Apr13

Exorcism: A Play in ...

by Eugene O’Neill Foreword by Edward Albee Yale University Press In shops now One of the most exciting things for academics and book nerds is to discover the lost manuscripts of our favorite writers.  Eugene O’Neill’s “Exorcism” is not a play he wrote and just...

The Best Sticky Buns Apr12

The Best Sticky Buns

Bon Appétit Recipe by Melissa Roberts I really only have cinnamon buns a couple times a year, on very special occasions. Not because I don’t love and adore them, but because 830 calories is not good for anybody. (About 100 calories more than the ones you get at the shopping...

Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Apr11

Madonna: Truth or Da...

Lionsgate In shops now It’s amazing how many changes Madonna has gone through to circle back to the original recipe. After listening to the new album (thank you, Spotify) and catching the beautiful ballads and explicit pop/rock/rap, I’m brought right back to the controversial gal...

That ’70s Show: Season One Blu-ray Apr10

That ’70s Show...

Mill Creek Entertainment In shops now Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Aston Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama.  We didn’t know it at the time, but this little comedy had assembled quite the cast when it premiered in 1998.  It would run for eight seasons and 200 episodes, becoming its...

War Horse Blu-ray Apr09

War Horse Blu-ray

  Touchstone Home Entertainment In shops now Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors out there who actually makes his audience believe in the power and magic of filmmaking.  For that reason, you’re going to want the 4-disc combo pack of “War Horse” so that you can soak...

Game of Thrones: Sea...

HBO Season premiere Sunday @ 9p ET When I received the first four episodes of the new season of “Game of Thrones” on my desk I basically had an apoplectic fit.  The wait and all the buzz have undone me, but I am happy to report that the return of the epic series will most...

Downton Arby’s Mar29

Downton Arby’s

Just...

The World’s Be...

Lonely Planet In shops now Apparently the food truck and street food fad isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Places like Los Angeles and Portland have wholly embraced the kind of dining that doesn’t require waiters or drive-thrus.  But there are delicious nublets all over the...

Jay Brannan / Rob Me Blind Mar27

Jay Brannan / Rob Me...

Nettwerk In shops now This Thursday, singer/songwriter, Jay Brannan will celebrate his birthday and the release of his newest album “Rob Me Blind” at Los Angeles’ Hotel Café.  I first saw him perform a couple years ago after hearing his music via homemade YouTube videos...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray Mar26

Tinker Tailor Soldie...

  Universal Studios Home Entertainment In shops now Gary Oldman finally received the attention he deserves for his role in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” this year.  Or, at least most of the attention he deserves.  Every time I see him I am tempted to revisit “Bram...

Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition Mar23

Casablanca 70th Anni...

Warner Home Video In shops now After years of compiling JoyHog’s Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve seen a lot of collector’s edition DVD sets come through, and Warner Home Video truly makes the best (see also: the forthcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection – it will...