If the title alone of Maps to the Stars didn’t intrigue us here at At Home In Hollywood, where we cover all things celebrity home oriented, the glittering cast certainly did. After all, it features the recently Oscar anointed Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, to name just a few. When the film began with a montage of Beverly Hills’ most prominent and notorious street signs, I thought I was in for a real treat…until this David Cronenberg directed effort devolved into a shamelessly dark and disturbing exploration of the fictional stars’ interiors that had nothing to do with maps to the stars homes at all.
At last we can report that Faye Dunaway sold her quaint little Hollywood duplex. Neighbors will miss her coming and going, as she’s been a fixture in the neighborhood for more than 15 years. But the property is not what you’d expect of an Oscar and Emmy winner. She paid $315,000 for the humble duplex at 901 N. Spaulding, which is located in quite the densely populated area of West Hollywood — no sprawling estates here. Dunaway’s residences were built in 1925 on a 5,730 square foot lot.
Slick, smooth, stylish and steamy. Is Focus a great work of cinematic art? No — of course not. This is February, for heaven’s sake, and very little of any artistic merit is released this time of year. But is Focus a hot diversion on a cold winter’s night? Absolutely!
By Staci Layne Wilson
The rain-soaked red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony may have been saturated… but not with color. Monochrome was all the rage – it was as if Dice, Dalmatians, and Oreo cookies were the inspiration for every fashionista and stylist from here to Hollywood Boulevard. Fifty Shades of Grey notwithstanding, B&W has been a red-hot trend for a few months now, and dominated Oscar fashion 2015.
Editor’s Note: A-Rod’s suspension from baseball is over, he’s apologized yet again, and he’s joining the Yankees at their spring training facility in Tampa. But the big question from my perspective is, “Will A-Rod sell the gorgeous, historic, L.A. home he bought from Meryl Streep back in August?” Since he has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract, he hardly needs the cash. And it could be the perfect off-season or retirement pied a terre. Find out more about the troubled baseball star’s incredibly good taste in the feature below, written shortly after he made the purchase:
Fifty Shades of Grey review by Lisa Johnson Mandell
The good news is that it’s better than I’d expected. The bad news is that it’s not as good as enraptured fans hoped. It wasn’t much of a stretch for Fifty Shades of Grey filmmakers to create a movie that is superior to the books from a quality perspective; even the most ardent fans acknowledge that the trilogy is awkward and poorly written at best. But they loved the novels for the boundary-breaking sizzle and steam. Unfortunately, those two elements are oddly lacking from the film.
Beverly Hills? Too stuffy old school. Hollywood Hills? Too rock and roll. Malibu? Too laid back hippy. When a hot young A-lister like Scarlett Johansson buys a home in Los Angeles, it makes sense that it would be in a historic, revived hipster paradise like Los Feliz. While some parts of the neighborhood have degenerated, there are pockets that have been luxurious long before hipsters became a thing. Hollywood’s oldest royalty, like Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, built lux estates in Los Feliz almost a century before the young and hip claimed the nearby Dresden Room as their headquarters. So it came as no surprise when Variety reported that Scar-Jo had purchased a 3,500 square foot, four bedroom, four full and two half bath home on a cup de sac in Los Feliz for $3.88 million.
These days, it seems it’s all about the grays. With everyone looking for a tie-in to what will no doubt be one of the hottest films of the year, you’ll find advice for using a 50 shades of gray theme on your walls, in your boudoir, in your closet, in your garage — even in your kitchen, although we think the menu suggestions have less to do with the color and more to do with the effects. Far be it from me to go against the tide, so I checked in with my fabulous friend, Hollywood’s Guru of Hue, color expert Jill Kirsh, to find out how to wear 50 shades of gray so that it complements, rather than comatoses your look. After all, consider all she taught us about wearing the right red.
Now that Kim and Kanye have officially moved in practically right across the street, we watch with “I told you so!” interest as Jennifer Lopez lists her home in Hidden Hills for a modest $17 million. If that doesn’t sound modest to you, consider the fact that Kimye paid $20 million for theirs, and it doesn’t have half the cool amenities.
By Staci Layne Wilson
What if you had the power to bring back your loved ones from the dead… Would you? And more importantly… Should you? That’s the question explored in The Lazarus Effect and it’s not unlike many other resurrection-themed horror flicks, the most popular among them being oldies-but-goodies Re-Animator, Pet Sematary, and of course Flatliners.
Taking place almost entirely inside a lab, we follow a small team of ambitious and curious medical mavens who, through some secret and unscrupulous experimentation, have found a way to bring the dead back to life. They achieve this by using a serum codenamed “Lazarus” after the famous Biblical figure who owed his life, literally, to Jesus H. Christ.