Cornel Lucas, Photographer Whose Portraits Defined Film Stars, Dies at 92

November 19th, 2012

Cornel Lucas, a British portrait photographer who created defining images of Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a host of other celebrities during the 1950s and ’60s, when publicity photos were the lifeblood of the star-making process, died on Nov. 8 in London. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son, Linus. Considered a master of lighting and the 10 by 12 plate camera, Mr. Lucas also took publicity photos of David Niven, Stewart Granger, Joan Collins, Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Cyd Charisse and Lauren Bacall. He photographed Ms. Bacall in 1958, shortly after her husband, Humphrey […]

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Putting Stars in Their Places

November 17th, 2012

WHEN it comes to raw power (the lasting kind), few people in this entertainment capital wield as much as Ana Martinez. She is not a movie mogul, making or breaking fortunes with sideways glances. She’s not an A-list actress strutting red carpets and commanding billion-fan-armies on Twitter. Ms. Martinez decides where stars are placed on the Walk of Fame. “I’m the one publicists and agents are either very nice to or very upset with,” she said in her matter-of-fact tone. “And I’ve been called every name in the book. People can get pretty threatening when they don’t get their way.” […]

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Sorry, Folks: I’m Just Me

November 15th, 2012

“IT’S your voice. It’s definitely your voice,” said the Obama campaign volunteer. We had met in Columbus, Ohio, where I had stopped to do a little canvassing on the way from Venice, Calif., to hurricane-torn New Jersey. Poor John, the volunteer, thought he had hit the jackpot. He was fairly certain that Barbra Streisand, unbeknown to everyone, had found her way to Columbus in the final days of the campaign and was assigned to his team. I assured him that although others had also remarked on a resemblance (one my friends don’t see, and I’m sure Barbra’s wouldn’t, either), I […]

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A-Listers, Meet Your Online Megaphone

November 10th, 2012
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Stargazing in the Elevator

November 3rd, 2012

CELEBRITIES who hang their hats in and around Los Angeles tend to live in private homes where, inside at least, they are safe from prying eyes and enthusiastic fans. It’s a far different story in New York. Yes, there are town houses, and yes, many prominent people hold the deeds to them because they don’t want to be seen in dishabille scooping up the morning paper, and because they really don’t relish getting into a thing with the neighbor about how to decorate the common hall. But for the most part, boldface names who commit to New York City commit […]

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A Shield of Celebrity Let a BBC Host Escape Legal Scrutiny for Decades

November 2nd, 2012

LONDON — Three years before Jimmy Savile, one of Britain’s most popular television hosts, came under public suspicion as a prolific pedophile, the police dispatched to prosecutors a thick investigation file by secure e-mail and courier van detailing four allegations of sexual abuse against him. The confidential file, compiled from 2007 to 2009, contained witness statements and “significant and solid evidence,” according to a former senior officer with the Surrey Police, a force outside London that conducted a two-year investigation into Mr. Savile.Recently, amid allegations by hundreds of women and at least two men that Mr. Savile used his fame […]

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Can Austin Keep Itself Weird?

October 26th, 2012

ON the sun-dappled October weekend when the cyclist Lance Armstrong’s world fell apart, Austin, the city he calls home and that until recently called him hero, went on with the simple pleasures of Longhorn football, live music, festivals and an amateur cyclist ride through the Hill Country. But the midautumn bonhomie couldn’t hide a sudden anxiety around town. Stunned supporters of Mr. Armstrong arrived for his gala benefit defiant in their Livestrong logos, even as The Austin American Statesman sullenly detailed the charges of doping and cover-up, the fleeing of corporate sponsors and the stripping of Mr. Armstrong’s seven Tour […]

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Going Hollywood

October 23rd, 2012

WHEN Olivia Palermo sauntered down the red carpet at Lincoln Center a week ago, she seized the occasion, the gala opening of the New York City Ballet, as a glittering photo op, a chance to shine in her multitiered Dior gown — and, oh, incidentally, to offer homage to Valentino Garavani, who stepped out of official retirement to create the costumes. Her attendance lent Ms. Palermo, a social gadabout and former reality-television star, a welcome dose of culture cred, a debt she repaid by lending the evening a generous dollop of chic. “This is my first gala,” Ms. Palermo murmured […]

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After a Stumble, Striving for Reinvention

October 18th, 2012
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A Gossip Bad Boy Tries Being Nice

October 18th, 2012
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