Lilly Pulitzer: 5 Facts About the Woman Who Led a Fashion Rebellion

Fashion entrepreneur Lilly Pulitzer, who died on April 7 at age 81in Miami, proved that simplicity can be stylish. In the early 1960s, she popularized the tropical print shift, a colorful version of a rudimentary design – the sleeveless sheath – that was the first dress every American girl who took home economics in high school was taught to make. What distinguished Pulitzer’s shifts was the startlingly bright hues and playful patterns of the fabric, which Pulitzer had custom-produced for …

Harrison Ford: High-Flying Political Activist

Sometimes it’s pretty tough to get the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But politicians, fortunately, are as starstruck as the rest of us. That’s why celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie and Bono to George Clooney, who testified to Congress a year ago about the dire situation in war-torn Sudan, regularly descend on Washington to raise awareness for their pet causes. (Check out this AARP slideshow of the top 20 celebrity activists of all time.) The latest superstar spokesperson to …

Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. >> Slideshow: Famous Child Stars – Where Are They Now? Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director …

Rhapsody “In Bruges”-A Fan of the Film Visits the City

You know how the Disney parks have rides that let you re-live great moments from movies like The Little Mermaid and Snow White? And how at Universal you can “ride” Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films? Well, if one of your favorite films is the cult classic In Bruges-and it’s one of mine, for sure-then a visit to the Belgian city of Bruges is a lot like hopping on an In Bruges theme park ride. Join the discussion: Going …

SXSW 2013: 5 Life Lessons from South by Southwest

The music, film and interactive gathering called South by Southwest (SXSW or just South by to its friends) has just wrapped up in Texas. The artist once again known as Prince was there, along with 2,200 young bands; so was the “inventor” of the Internet, Al Gore. Bill Gates and Stevie Nicks were in the house. If something was new or cool, like 3D printing or Google Glass, it was there, too. Everyone was talking about “storytelling” – and the …

Tonight: Movies for Grownups Goes Prime Time!

It’s a big night for grownup movie lovers: Movies for Grownups Presents premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on RLTV (click here to see if it’s available on your cable carrier). Every Friday night I’ll introduce a feature film, then return throughout the program with trivia and fascinating info about the movie. Plus, I’ll preview films that are arriving in theaters, on DVD, and on Video on Demand. Tonight’s movie is Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road …