Day: December 7, 2012

Hollywood Mavericks: The Leading Man

Perhaps the boldest move in DiCaprio’s 20-year career is playing antebellum plantation owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. DiCaprio was drawn to him from the moment he read Tarantino’s script. He calls Calvin “one of, if not the most, despicable, indulgent, radical characters I’ve ever read in my […]

Trend of the Year: Alt R&B

From its late-’70s and ’80s catwalk of flamboyance, eccentricity, and innovation with Michael Jackson, Prince, and Sade, to its years in the wilderness as hip-hop’s hook-supplyin’ weed carrier, R&B is alive again! Cherry-picking the past while exploding conventions and taboos, an array of compelling artists have reinvented the […]

The fiscal cliff and you

The fiscal cliff started to affect business decisions this fall. That’s why you saw small declines in manufacturing in Friday’s jobs report, for example. It appears to be a worry for consumers now. The University of Michigan’s latest consumer sentiment survey shows confidence dropping to a four-month low. […]