Breakfast in Silver Lake with Bryce Dallas Howard

first_imgCelebrityUncategorizedBreakfast in Silver Lake with Bryce Dallas HowardBy Ed Leibowitz – January 1, 20101064ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItShe has polished off her bowl of polenta with the candied pecans, brown sugar, and whipped mascarpone topping. The two jumbo-size croissants have likewise surrendered to an appetite as hearty as a French-Canadian lumberjack’s. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard has finished breakfast, but Silver Lake’s LaMill restaurant offers other comforts. The baroque yet rustic decor bears the stamp of Rubbish Interiors, a design store across the street that is owned by friends of hers. The café music mix was put together by her best friend from high school, who is also godmother to her two-year-old son, Theo, and resides at the house Howard shares with her husband, actor Seth Gabel. Little wonder then that Howard has admitted LaMill into her carefully circumscribed universe.This morning Howard has dressed for a Nantucket regatta circa 1952—conservative blue-and-white-striped blouse, crisp blue jeans neither distressed nor designer faded, and tan slippers with tiny bows. Her red hair is caught in a neat ponytail. “There’s a vibe I send to the paparazzi,” says Howard, laughing over a half-finished cup of hot cocoa. “It says, ‘Trust me, I’m not worth your time. I really only leave the house to go to the grocery store or LaMill.’ ”The eldest daughter of actor-director Ron Howard, she has starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and Lady in the Water, done Shakespeare with Kenneth Branagh, and portrayed the new girlfriend of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker in SpiderMan 3 as well as the pregnant wife of Christian Bale’s John Connor in Terminator Salvation. With only five years in film she has established herself as the kind of protean actress who doesn’t so much inhabit roles as haunt them. This month the 28-year-old Howard takes the lead in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, the first film in 20 years to be shot from a Tennessee Williams screenplay. Come summer she’ll play Victoria, the vampire who torments Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Eclipse, part three of the blockbuster Twilight saga. She might seem casual about her ability to maintain tabloid irrelevance in the face of such prominence, but it is a marvel of media engineering.Howard had arrived the night before from Portland, where she’s a first-time producer on an untitled coming-of-age story written by Jason Lew, a college friend. Gus Van Sant, nominated for an Oscar last year for Milk, is directing. Although others showed interest, Howard and Lew went with Imagine Entertainment, which means that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are coproducers. She had never worked alongside her father and is finding plenty to like about the experience. “It’s making me honestly yearn for more,” she says. “I just have so much respect for him, and he’s my mentor.” She has made inroads as a screenwriter and is in talks with a production company about a script she cowrote, The Originals, which she describes as The Big Chill meets The Breakfast Club.Although her dad starred in Happy Days, and Henry Winkler is her godfather, Howard grew up less familiar with Richie Cunningham and the Fonz than most kids her age. “Our access to the TV was really restricted—highly restricted,” she says. “I never watched Happy Days, ever.” She didn’t sit through a full episode until after her Tonight Show debut at 23. Jay Leno gave her a DVD collection of the series. “He was like, ‘What’s your problem? You’ve got to see it,’ ” Howard says. “So I went home and watched it, and it was great.”Howard traveled to locations when her father directed such films as Parenthood and Backdraft. Otherwise she grew up insulated from Hollywood. She did spend her first four years in L.A., but after a stranger handed her a script in day care, her childhood days in the motion picture capital were numbered. “My parents were just like ‘OK, we’re out of here.’ ” The Howards escaped to a Victorian home on a farm near Greenwich, Connecticut, where they brought up their four kids.After high school Howard enrolled in New York University’s writing and drama program but dropped out to take stage parts. Shyamalan saw her in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and arranged a lunch. “Because I know he has children, I thought he was going to ask me what a lot of people ask—‘How did your parents raise you in the business?’ ” she says. Instead he offered her the lead in The Village.She could relate to the film’s idyllic small town, its young people sealed off by their parents from the chaos of present-day America. “I feel like I was raised in a very protected environment,” she says. “And the thing that is amazing to me is that I still feel like I’m in that protected environment.”There was no dating or partying when Howard came back to Hollywood in 2003. She was settled romantically, having met Gabel when she was 19. Her writing partner, Dane Charbeneau, is not only her husband’s best friend but recently married her sister Jocelyn. Her son Theo’s nanny is her sister Paige’s best friend from boarding school. “We’re all sticking together, in practically a very incestuous way,” Howard says, “and we’re creating our version of what life can be together.”Those wanting to see Howard unhinged will have to make do with Teardrop Diamond. She stars as Fisher Willow, a volatile plantation heiress, and the opening scene has her swaying around a ballroom in a flapper dress, taking belts from the whiskey bottle that is her dance partner. It’s a remarkable performance, considering that she has never allowed herself a sip of alcohol and has no sense of what even a mild buzz might feel like. Alcoholism runs in her family; what others might consider an occasional glass of wine she regards as a slippery slope. “Seeing wonderful people say things that you know would embarrass them or do things that aren’t really what they want to do, and then you get sick afterward—is that pleasant, folks?” she asks. “I don’t have any desire to lose control.”Howard was with Christian Bale when he suffered a meltdown on the set of Terminator Salvation; the four-minute recording of the rant would become the toast of talk radio and the Internet. In the coffee-scented serenity of LaMill, she offers some context about the scene they had been playing. “His character was losing his mind for the first time. His mother had lost her mind, and a theme throughout the movie is ‘Am I going crazy?’ It was intense,” she says. “I was screaming at him, and he was screaming at me, and then the screaming got misdirected.”Ron Howard was a young star who not only avoided becoming a train wreck in later years but evolved artistically because he inoculated himself against the usual temptations that plague those loved by millions. That his daughter, now a major actress in her own right, has achieved this same immunity is arguably more fascinating than a snapshot of Britney Spears on the town with no underwear or a YouTube clip of Lindsay Lohan fleeing her crashed Mercedes. But who wants to blog about the well adjusted?When Eclipse comes out, let the paparazzi elbow one another black and blue as they chase its young stars Pattinson and Stewart. The film’s villainess delights in the certainty that anything she says or does away from a movie set, now or in the future, would only bore tabloid readers and Web gossips to tears. “I guarantee you nothing’s going to change,”  says Howard, a flush filling her cheeks, “because I have the least interesting life!”   Bryce Dallas Howard as Fisher and Chris Evans as Jimmy in Tennessee Williams’ THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND courtesy of Paladin TAGS2010EncounterJanuary 2010L.A. CulturePrevious articleFAQ 12-28-09: The Monday EditionNext articleHappy: Don’t Forget To…Ed Leibowitz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

A Letter To Leonard Cohen

first_imgMusicA Letter To Leonard CohenBy Steve Metcalf – November 11, 2016514ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItDear Mr. Cohen,Many years ago a friend of mine said that he thought “Famous Blue Raincoat” was a brilliant song, but that he didn’t think it was the kind of song one should listen to all by oneself on a rainy Sunday afternoon.Of course, at the next opportunity I did that very thing. I seem to have come through the experience undamaged.I can’t be sure, though.That’s one of the things about art, and music in particular. You can’t always know their longterm effects because, well, they’re longterm. For instance, I didn’t know until a few years ago that the line in “Raincoat” about “going clear” referred to Scientology. I had to quickly rearrange my so-called understanding.Another thing that your songs have always done is what Annie Dillard once said is the whole point of writing: to give us additional information on what it feels like to be alive.In your case, rascal that you were, the information tended to be ambiguous. Your record label called you the “master of erotic despair.” But, really, what help is that? None, although I confess I thought it was kind of a nice turn of phrase and that’s why I bring it up here.In any case, I never particularly heard despair in in your songs. A certain endearing self-mockery, perhaps, but not despair.I think some people were thrown off by the voice. It was, in round numbers, an octave lower than most male voices of the rock era (make that two octaves on your final album, You Want it Darker) and many listeners, unaccustomed to hearing men sing in that range, found it disconcerting, and possibly misleading. Low must mean despairing. In their defense, you did make even Dylan sound like, I don’t know, Michael Buble.Now, the voice has gone silent. The news of your passing was strangely unshocking. I mean, you’ve been thoughtfully telegraphing this event for a while now, beginning with that touching letter to Marianne Ihlen a few months ago, and continuing up through the recent New Yorker profile and the new album.Of course, just for laughs, you also said to somebody that maybe you would have a second wind. And that you were planning on living forever.I don’t know about the second wind.But as for the living forever piece: As long as there are listeners who are drawn to songs that gently lift them outside of themselves and deposit them somewhere else a good distance away, even when written and sung by men with deep, affectless voices accompanied on a nylon string guitar, I think you’re good.Sincerely,S. Metcalf Previous article10 Restaurants You Should Try This MonthNext articleThe Orbit Pavilion Is a Reminder That We Live in an Age of WonderSteve Metcalflast_img read more

More than 60 violent criminals were cleared for release straight into the

first_imgDavid Gauke, the Justice Secretary, has demanded a list of all Category A prisoners released directly into the community – rather than spending time in an open jail first. The row over the John Worboys’ parole fiasco has intensified after officials admitted 63 violent criminals – including murderers and rapists – were similarly cleared for release last year from high-security jails straight on to Britain’s streets. Ministers were last night seeking assurances that the freed prisoners had been subject to proper scrutiny by the Parole Board.center_img The Parole Board had still to hand over the list on Thursday evening but hit back, claiming the public is often safer if offenders are placed in the community…last_img