Leah Eskin Chicago Tribune Published 6:30 PM EST Jan 2, 2019 Diner en Blanc — dinner in white — is an enchanting idea. Guests, dressed in their finest whites, learn last-minute the unlikely location of their meal — say, outside Lincoln Center. Exhibiting, in the words of the international organization, “decorum, elegance, and etiquette,” they stage a posh picnic. I’m all for unlikely, for elegance, for picnic, though in the 30 years since a guy named Francois Pasquier suggested his friends get together in a park, in white, I’ve never attended the event. The secret society meets in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and other spots I frequent infrequently. Like, never. In fact, the whole project, while very public — who can miss 10,000 Parisians, in white, dining under the Eiffel Tower — it’s also very private. You have to be invited. Instead, I pull together my own white night. I prepare an … [Read more...] about Cauliflower stars on winter white table
EMMERDALE viewers were tonight rejoicing as Rebecca White finally "came back from the dead". Her friends feared she had been killed by evil Lachlan White, but at the end of this evening's episode she appeared like ghost in a graveyard to a stunned Robert Sugden and his family. The mum-of-one has been missing for months after being taken captive by evil nurse Mrs Sykes on Lachlan's command and everyone in the Dales thought she was dead. So it came as a massive shock when Rebecca appeared in the graveyard dressed in a floating white nightdress. The scene started with Robert visiting his mum Sarah’s grave with sister Victoria, fiance Aaron and Rebecca's baby Seb. Then, out of nowhere, Rebecca appeared in the background draped in a flowing white gown. The stunned Sugdens and Aaron rushed over to hug Rebecca. She looked overjoyed to be reunited with Seb and couldn’t keep her eyes off her baby. Fans immediately took to Twitter to share their joy at her return. One … [Read more...] about Emmerdale fans rejoice as Rebecca White ‘comes back from the dead’ and appears in a graveyard to a stunned Rob Sugden
Wait! Wait!There’s an Easter egg still out there — actually, there are a lot of Easter eggs still out there, floating about. Not oval colored ones. Square colored ones, made of pixels. The new Steven Spielberg film “Ready Player One” — adapted from a lovingly nerdy novel by Ernest Cline — is a kind of homage to the digital Easter egg, the inside jokes, quirks and cultural references tucked away quietly, at times annoyingly, inside movies and video games, waiting for only the most obsessive-compulsive to discover. In the film, if the hero jumps through enough hoops (literally) and finds impossibly buried Easter eggs inside a vast virtual reality, the game’s creator (with a nod to Willy Wonka — Easter egg!) will grant him the deed to the digital ranch and a Zuckerbergian mountain of wealth.In the real world, you only get bragging rights.Which was basically what Warren Robinett was looking for when he buried a single humble credit — … [Read more...] about ‘Ready Player One’ has more Easter eggs than the White House lawn. Did you find them all?
Mark Perez has written one of the tightest comedy scripts to make it to be the big screen in ages. Game Night, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, wastes not a single second of dialogue, gives killer lines to every member of its all-star ensemble, delivers genuinely tense action sequences, and even goes for broke with style. Do we finally have an American counterpart to Britain’s Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg team?Imagine the endless twists and turns and double-crossing of David Fincher’s rich-man-gets-kidnapped-for-fun-but-maybe-not? film The Game, told from the point of view of the kidnap victim’s best buds — and also, it’s, like, it’s hilarious. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play perfect couple Max and Annie, and I mean “perfect” in the sense that Perez’s dialogue for them rings true of a real, thriving relationship, with quirky inside jokes and, in this case, a shared competitive desire to win every single game … [Read more...] about Game Night Is the Comedy Knockout We’ve Been Waiting For
After winning the Academy Award for best animated feature, “Coco” co-director Lee Unkrich summed up the spirit of the evening .“Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong,” he said. “Representation matters.”Just two years after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the academy’s efforts to increase diversity at the awards show seem to be paying off, at least somewhat. The name of the game at the 90th Oscars ceremony was inclusion. It was a night of firsts.This Oscars brought the first transgender presenter (Daniela Vega). The first sports star (Kobe Bryant) to win an Oscar (best animated short). The first black filmmaker (Jordan Peele) to be nominated for directing, writing and producing in the same year (for “Get Out”). Peele won the best original screenplay award — the first black writer to do so. “The Shape of Water” won for best picture and director.The theme of the evening was underlined when Ashley Judd, … [Read more...] about Inclusion is the theme on a night of firsts at the Oscars