Somebody Please Save This Glamorous Hollywood Mansion!

Hollywood mansion

This house, this gorgeous house! The classic Hollywood mansion is so stunningly beautiful, but at the same time, so haggard and worn. Enter the soaring entry hall illuminated by light from colorful leaded glass windows and an ornate Moorish chandelier, and you think the $5.5 million asking price must be a misprint.

CREED Review — It’s a Knock Out!

Creed ReviewKnock me over with a feather, I have to admit Creed is one of the best family films of the year. And I thought it was going to be a cheesy attempt to revive Rocky for a new generation. Creed goes far beyond reviving the franchise — it gives birth to a new one that I think it will connect with viewers just as solidly as the original did back in the ’70’s.

Star Wars Force 4 Fashion Recruits Haute Designers for Charity

finalSWF4FLOGO1 (4)HALSTON_F4F_SKETCH_20151113In all my days as a film critic, I don’t think there’s ever been a more all engrossing, highly anticipated film than the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens. Now even high fashion designers are getting into the spirit, collaborating with Bloomingdale’s on a charity project entitled “Force 4 Fashion,” which gives all us couture cultists the opportunity to bid on outfits inspired by the film’s costume designer, Michael Kaplan. We’re talking designers like Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Halston, Opening Ceremony, Ovadia & Sons, Parker, Rag & Bone, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder.


Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 2 ReviewAs a fan of the franchise — both the books and the films — I’m disappointed. The heroic Katniss deserves a much bigger and better tribute. The fourth and final installment, made by splitting the third book in two to reap more profit from the franchise, is a grim, gray, glum slog, with only a few sparks of action and genuine emotion.

Since Jennifer Lawrence has become a real, critically acclaimed actress, Julianne Moore has won an Oscar, Elizabeth Banks has directed a hit film and Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed, this just feels like a rushed attempt to finish off the franchise. Director Francis Lawrence, who also helmed the prior two, seems to have run out of steam.

Steve Martin Sold His Island Paradise — Take a Look Inside

Steve Martin Sold

Actor, author, comedian, art collector and banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin sold his Caribbean retreat, “Villa Au Soleil,” just last week. He’d owned the very private retreat since 2007, and listed it for € 7,250,000, or about $7,822,615.

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Martin and his work. I like to think he actually remembered me from the film junket interviews I used to do with him, because he was always warm and friendly when I’d run into him at The Farm in Beverly Hills, in the days when I lived nearby and he ate there often.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR Review — No Dynamite Here

The Good Dinosaur ReviewRegardless of what I say, parents are going to take their kids out to see Pixar’s latest offering, The Good Dinosaur. And that’s not a bad thing. Kids will love the Dino Does the Old West theme, and won’t mind the fact that the big green guys look like something conceived by a student in Animation 101. But adults might find themselves restless and bored, as I was, with the simplistic and silly plot.

Pet Gift Guide: Paw Pack Passes Frankie Feldman Field Test

Paw Pack Pet Gift Guide

If you love your pets like we all do here At Home in Hollywood, you’ve already started thinking about what you’re going to get your furry friend for Christmas, and what you’re going to give to their doggone buddies. Hollywood Hound Frankie Feldman presented me with his Santa list two weeks ago.

So the opportunity to check out the new Paw Pack monthly subscription service showed up in my email box just in time. I’ve heard of dozens of different “Box of the Month” programs, but this one looked intriguing because:

LOVE THE COOPERS Review — Too Soon?

Love the Coopers reviewI have to pay respect to companies like Nordstrom, a retail chain that has vowed to deck no halls for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I kind of wish the distributors of Love the Coopers, an “I’ll be home for Christmas” movie with an all-star cast, would have taken Nordstrom’s lead and not released the film until December. But all things considered, a premature release date is the least of this film’s worries.

KILLER HEELS Exhibit — Stroll Through These Exclusive Photos

Killer Heels

Photos and feature by Staci Layne Wilson

Calling all shoe lovers! (which really means calling everyone who would care to read this) Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, is on tour, and currently closeted at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where it’s showing through December 13, 2015. I had the infinite pleasure of seeing it recently, and I would say it’s definitely worth the walk, even in your highest killer heels.


The Peanuts movie reviewSweetest movie of the year (period). It was both a relief and a thrill to see the tenderness, reverence and whimsy with which filmmakers brought the beloved Peanuts gang to the big screen. It took me right back to the days of having a dancing Snoopy Feelin’ Groovy poster on my wall, and dressing up as the WWI Flying Ace for Halloween. Far from feeling dated, however, The Peanuts Movie opens up a whole new generation to the simple and innocent joys of childhood as seen through the eyes Charles Schultz’s iconic characters.