Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne evaluates plans by Johnson Fain to remake the Crystal Cathedral, Philip Johnson's temple of 1980s glory in Garden Grove:
I was surprised, amused and briefly heartened when I arrived for a news briefing a few weeks ago inside the stripped-down, renamed Christ Cathedral to find diocese media officials handing out virtual-reality headsets. Were Johnson Fain and the Catholic Church ready to embrace the same kind of trippy futurism that Philip Johnson and Robert Schuller had? Was this another strange combination of client, building and architect that would in the end pay exhilarating dividends?
No such luck. What we all saw when we strapped those headsets on was a digitized version of the remade cathedral interior that is heavy, earthbound and handsome to a fault.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s new book, “Settle for More,” gives a behind-the-scenes look at her dealings with two of the most influential men in media and politics — Roger Ailes and Donald Trump.
Kelly’s book, released Tuesday, is meant to be an uplifting memoir about her impressive rise from middle-class Syracuse, N.Y., girl to one of America’s most successful news anchors. But it’s her painful and disturbing account of what it means to be a high-profile female journalist in the age of Fox News, Twitter and Trump that resonates.
Kelly writes that she became the target of Trump’s “relentless” personal attacks in 2015 after she reported that his second wife, Ivana, had testified in divorce proceedings that he raped her (an accusation later retracted).
The portrait is tall and stately, its subject a distinguished gentleman who stands with chest puffed out, proudly. But here’s the thing: He wears no pants. The man, it turns out, stands atop a barrel of lighted dynamite, in striped boxers.
If this image stirs childlike glee in the depths of your soul, you are not alone. Disneyland’s famous “stretching portraits” inside its Haunted Mansion elevator are among the most beloved of the park’s images. And now one of them is up for grabs.
Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks will hold on Saturday the Souvenirs of Disneyland sale, the largest auctionto date dedicated to Disneyland memorabilia, it says. Among more than 1,000 rare artifacts, from about 30 collectors nationwide, is an original, hand-painted stretching portrait — our man, sans his pants.
They’re pretty rare. If I had to guess, I’d say there are only 15 or 20, total, of the hand-painted ones out there.
The new trailer for "Kong: Skull Island" premiered on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night and gave viewers a much more expansive look at Skull Island.
The film is beginning to look like a pastiche between "Jurassic Park" and "Platoon," which, though it seems unlikely, may actually be a combination that pays off.
With John Goodman channeling "Richard Attenborough in 'Jurassic Park'" realness and John C. Reilly bringing his quirky comedic sensibilities, the film's cast of characters is shaping up to be pretty interesting.
The new year will bring a new TV take on the Archie Comics gang, now that CW's "Riverdale" has a premiere date.
“Riverdale,” inspired by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s recent comic book revamp of the storyline, is set to premiere Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, and will continue to air Thursday nights thereafter.
"Riverdale" has been described by the show's creators and cast members as a “dark,” "noir" and “subversive” version of the colorful and kid-friendly Archie Comics saga, initially launched in 1941.
The series stars K.J. Apa as Archie, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lil Reinhart as Betty.
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics -- and it’s been a long time coming,” Archie Comics CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater said in news release. “Partnering with Roberto, Greg Berlanti, Warner Bros. and the CW has been a wonderful experience, and it’s been stunning to see the show bring our iconic characters to life, adding to the mythos and legend of Archie and his gang. You will be hooked from the first scene, I promise you.”
The show will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Bros. Studios and Berlanti Productions.
Efraim Diveroli, the character Jonah Hill plays in the summer film “War Dogs,” is probably not a guy you’d want to meet for lunch.
The character from Todd Phillips’ based-on-a-true-story film about two Yeshiva-educated Miami twentysomethings (Miles Teller plays the other) who rake in millions with a shady business supplying arms to the U.S. military during the war in Afghanistan, is loud, duplicitous and greedy in the extreme. Diveroli is a character who, if initially charming, would almost certainly leave you feeling compromised. You could imagine him ordering heaps of the priciest thing on the menu and then — laughing — leaving you holding the check.
Hill, apart from the charm, is nothing like that. Over lunch on a rainy Thursday in New York City, at his usual table at the rustic-Italian restaurant Il Buco, the 32-year-old actor, who has memorably appeared in such films as “Superbad,” “21 Jump Street,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Moneyball,” earning Oscar nods with those last two, is polite, thoughtful and engaging. He’s the kind of guy who will hold your chair and offer you the first bite of his risotto. (“Want some?” he asks, with apparent sincerity.)