A-list architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren strike a pose at Prada.


Hollywood is all abuzz about the opening of the new Prada store on Rodeo Drive. Fashion-conscious celebs have been busy checking out the hip, techno-inspired digs designed by cutting-edge architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren. The 14,750 square-foot space has some eye-popping touches like below-ground mannequins, a Rockettes-inspired staircase and a squishy green shoe wall. The sleek, modern marvel is packed with everything a serous A-lister could want. So be on the lookout for Miuccia Prada’s great garb, fab frocks and awesome accessories. They’ll be appearing soon at a red carpet near you.


Speaking of fashion, Barbra Streisand recently raised big bucks for her Streisand Foundation by selling off some of her most celebrated creations. But it’s not all charity biz for Babs these days. Our favorite local diva is bound to land some laughs when she hits the big screen in the upcoming comedy, “Meet the Fockers.”

The much-anticipated sequel to “Meet the Parents” has Barbra playing Ben Stiller’s sex-therapist mom (Roz Focker). Another longtime local, Dustin Hoffman, will be taking on the role of Barbra’s on-screen hubby (Bernie Focker). Robert De Niro returns as third-degree dad Jack Byrnes, while Stiller resumes his role as male nurse Gaylord M. Focker.

So if you’re up for something that’s really Focking funny, get ready to meet more members of the free-wheeling Focker family. The movie tag line: And you thought your parents were embarrassing! “Meet the Fockers” opens in theaters Dec. 22.


The holiday season is right around the corner and nothing says Christmas quite like John Waters. Fans of the cult filmmaker will be flocking to UCLA to check out “A John Waters Christmas.” Wacky Mr. Waters has been called “The Pope of Trash whose taste in tacky is unexcelled.” What’s more, he’s proud of it. The preeminent auteur of dark, gross-out and off-the-wall comedies counts “Pink Flamingos,” “Hairspray” and “Serial Mom” among his campy classics.

He’ll serve up a bit of the bizarre and regale his followers with highlights of his illustrious career. To complete his holiday hi jinx, he’ll be joined by an offbeat cast of characters, including comic Marga Gomez, performance artist Extreme Elvis and, lest we forget, Jewish-lesbian folk singer Phranc. Ho, Ho, Ho!

So if the same old holiday fare is getting you down, think about braving some uncharted Waters. The merriment gets underway Dec. 9 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.