Category: Lloyd Carroll

Entertainment, Travel

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

A film that stars A-listers Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, is the kind of event that understandably excites editors at Entertainment Weekly. It’s a credit to all three stars that they were willing to sacrifice a lot of salary to work in this small-budget indie film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, who scored points with the art house theater crowd with his previous film, BLUE VALENTINE. Unfortunately, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES is a turgid and choppy two-hours plus waste of everyone’s time.

RITA WILSON – “AM/FM”

Rita Wilson is a talented film actress who is, fairly or not, best known for being married to actor Tom Hanks. Unbeknownst to most, Wilson is a singer, and judging by her debut album, “AM/FM,” a very good one. The title refers to the memorable hit songs that Wilson heard on various radio stations in her native Los Angeles when growing up in the 1960s and the early 1970s.

ELVIS PRESLEY – “ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE”

By 1973 Elvis Presley had long established himself as one of the most famous entertainers in history. The irony is that a lot of baby boomers had never seen him perform an entire concert because they were too young to remember his golden hit-making years from 1956 to 1962. While he still put out records, Elvis spent most of the 1960s making mediocre movies for MGM.

BOOK BEAT: UP ALL NIGHT

Any baby boomer that grew up listening to rock radio clearly knows Carol Miller who was a fixture on WPLJ and WNEW-FM in the 1970s and 1980s. Although, female air personalities are common in radio these days, Miller was a pioneer. Ironically, it was the late Alison Steele, the best-known female rock DJ, who tried to get Miller fired from WNEW according to the author.

BOOK BEAT: THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

There is no argument that Clive Davis the most famous record company executive of all-time. The former head of Columbia, Arista and J Records, Davis has been in the industry over 50 years and at age 80 he shows no sign of slowing down. His just released memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life” (Simon & Schuster), coming in at nearly 600 pages, exemplifies both his energy and sharp mind.

FASHION WEEK 2013 – MORE THAN JUST CLOTHES

New York Fashion Week is starting to resemble Super Bowl week. Just as football is almost an afterthought during the week leading up to the NFL’s big game, so it is that designers showing off their latest wares for the marketplace are a minuscule part of the NYFW proceedings.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

It’s important to debunk a few unfortunate myths about Colombia from the get-go. The image of a lawless country that is run by drug cartel gangsters and where kidnappings are a daily occurrence is completely outdated. Colombia has been a thriving, safe country ever since cocaine king Pablo Escobar and his ilk were gunned down by government forces nearly 20 years ago.

GANGSTER SQUAD

Los Angeles has always had an appealing fantasy image. It has long been the home of the film industry as well as to a large chunk of the rest of showbiz. The carefree image of its sun, sea and surf were promulgated in pop music by the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, the Mamas & the Papas, and many others.

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT & TRAVEL GUIDE

If you’ve been procrastinating about what to get the special people in your life or simply want to reward yourself, here are some last minute ideas.