You may remember that all-around superstar Ryan Gosling -- who has two highly anticipated films coming out this fall -- made a surprise appearance in an off-screen street fight (to enthusiastic cries of "That's the guy from 'The Notebook'!" and "Oh my God, it is!") in New York City a couple of weeks ago.
TORONTO, Canada -- Usually, you hear stories of people fleeing to America, not the other way around.
A Paris court convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galliano on Thursday for making anti-Semitic insults in a bar but gave him only a suspended sentence, taking into account his apology to the victims.
Maybe the most telling moment of last night's Republican debate came not when Rick Perry said "propes" instead of "props," but when he appeared to forget Rick Santorum's name. "Let me just respond to the last individual," Perry said, as he avoided answering a question about America's persistent racial inequities. With the press-appointed "official start" of the 2012 campaign, and the first debate featuring all the universally acknowledged front-runners who are actually running, it is time for us to bid a regretful goodbye to those individuals who make the early months of the campaign fun: the third-tier fringe candidates like Rick Santorum.
Though "The Daily Show" was taped before the GOP debate last evening, Jon Stewart could already tell the night was shaping up as duel between the race's two front-runners, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Both have spent the past week laying groundwork for their showdown at the Reagan Library; Romney even released a 150-page job plan.
Rick Perry's performance in Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate was not disastrous and he may well go on to win the GOP nomination. The views he expressed on most issues are perfectly in line with those of the party's base, voters who probably also appreciate his confident, almost cocky demeanor. The mere mention by one of the debate moderators of the 234 executions he's signed off on in Texas prompted some of the biggest cheers of the night from the live audience.
I was confused to find that a Huffington Post article about anatomically correct dolls used to teach sex ed to kindergartners in China came with the warning: "POTENTIALLY UNSETTLING PHOTOS BELOW." My goodness! I wondered: What kind of sick lesson plan for 5-year-olds would require an all-caps warning for an adult audience? I had the same reaction a while back when I caught a CNN segment about similar dollies being used to teach little ones in Indonesia about the birds and the bees. It was preceded by the warning: "This report includes graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised."
James Gavin's book about Chet Baker, the jazz singer and trumpeter who first gained fame in the early fifties and who, only a few years later -- and for the rest of his life -- was better known as a heroin addict as unregenerate as any in the history of the music, was first published in 2002, fourteen years after Baker's death in Amsterdam, at fifty-eight, almost certainly by suicide; it has only now appeared in paperback. This long lag is hard to fathom. As evidenced most strikingly in the portraits of Baker in Geoff Dyer's 1995 "But Beautiful" and Dave Hickey's 1997 "Air Guitar," and in the response to Bruce Weber's 1988 documentary film "Let's Get Lost," released just after Baker's death, and screened in a restored version at the Cannes film festival only three years ago, there has always been a Chet Baker cult.
Every political failure in a democracy begins with bad storytelling. When false narratives and incoherent story lines dominate public conversation, poor decisions are sure to follow.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of recent graduates of the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington until the end of October.
Rana Sodhi, 54, and four of his brothers fled to the United States in the mid-1980s to escape the political and religious violence in Punjab, India. After years of working and saving money, the brothers opened their own convenience store in 1998 in Phoenix, and then a gas station in Mesa, Ariz. Rana's older brother Balbir managed the gas station and was a liked and respected member of the community.
A harrowing number of Americans have lost their jobs this year. Eight of the latest are under the age of 11. And with the cancellation of "Kate Plus Eight," reality TV matriarch Kate Gosselin has admitted to People magazine that she's "freaking out big time" about her family's future.
When appealing to Christian conservatives, Republican presidential candidates sometimes use phrases, rhetoric and imagery that are unknown to voters unfamiliar either with the religious meaning of such language or where they fit in the mythology of the "Christian nation." Thus candidates can signal sympathy with religious conservatives without making overt appeals that might alienate more secular voters.
Animation geeks and design buffs shouldn't miss Thursday's sixth-season finale of "Futurama" (Comedy Central, 10 p.m./9 central). Titled "Reincarnation," it's an anthology episode that re-imagines the series in three radically different modes: 1930s black-and-white animation, early, early arcade videogames, and anime from the '70s and '80s. This modest but brilliant show from David X. Cohen and Matt Groening has always been as pop culture history-conscious as Groening's better-known "The Simpsons," but this episode takes that obsession to a new level. Packed with Easter egg-style visual gags, it's an orgy of nostalgia and visual invention, so densely imagined that it demands repeat viewings.
With Ronald Reagan in his centenary year now regarded as one of the great presidents, and two of his political heirs, Michele Bachmann and possibly Sarah Palin, eyeing bids for the White House, it is a good moment to look again at Reagan's great British ally, Margaret Thatcher.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page, the insidiously dishonest opinion organ of the respectable wing of the conservative movement, loved Jon Huntsman's tax plan. That's proof that Jon Huntsman's tax plan is awful and destructive, but it also means that it's properly conservative, despite Huntsman's affection for Captain Beefheart and avowed belief in established evolutionary science. Mitt Romney released his (very long) tax and spending plan this week. It's basically a $6.6 trillion tax cut for corporations and rich people. It "immediately" caps spending at 20 percent of GDP, which is nonsense. The Journal editorial page doesn't just hate this plan, it loathes it.
NEW DELHI, India -- On a hand-painted poster for a 1990s' grade-B Indian film "Qatil Jawani" ("Murderous Nymphette"), a plump and naked actress sits astride a shirtless man, her head thrown back in apparent ecstasy as the man's hands paw at her chest.
If honesty is contagious, then we may be experiencing a brief outbreak right now as America's political and business elite seem momentarily intent on acknowledging oligarchic reality.