Cathleen McGuigan

Back On Broadway

Talk about a time warp. Here we are in the new millenium, taking a jump to the left and a step to the right, and doing "The Time Warp" again-25 years after "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" began its rocky climb to cult movie status.

Buildings That Are Huggable

I was in a funk for six weeks," Frank Gehry was saying recently, sitting at a little cafe table in front of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. Behind Gehry, shimmering in the sunshine, are the gorgeous titanium curves of the building that has made him the most famous architect in the world.

Reinventing Sydney

Around the sprawling new Olympic Park in Sydney are scattered four humble buildings, dwarfed by the sports complexes that will be home to the Games that begin in September.

Ruling The Waters

The sun had set on the empire bar, and for many of the French, Japanese and American sailors hoisting Steinlager beers in the old Auckland saloon one evening last week, the sun had set on their hopes of taking home the America's Cup.

A Fiennes Romance This Is

Ralph Fiennes had already been nominated for one Oscar when he got a second nomination for "The English Patient." But he also got something else with the role: the kind of idolatry that women usually reserve for screen heroes with abashed grins, who save the leading lady, if not the entire planet.

The Elements Of Style

Horst P. Horst There was nothing accidental in the photographs of Horst, one of the century's great codifiers of glamour, fashion and celebrity, who died last week at 93 in Florida.

Renaissance On The River

Where will you be popping your Dom Perignon at midnight on Dec. 31? If you're anywhere near London, the hot spots for ringing in the next thousand years are the Millennium Wheel and the Millennium Dome.

Mann Is In The Details

Over a piece of broiled fish and a cup of coffee, Michael Mann is talking about a smudge on Jeffrey Wigand's eyeglasses. The smudge, visible in a key scene in "The Insider" between Wigand and the wife he is losing, is of course deliberate--there are rarely accidents in the movies of this brilliant perfectionist. "The smudge helps me feel the awkwardness of the man.

Flashbulbs And Flashbacks

It's not easy to conjure up the spirit of the '60s--look at this year's loveless Woodstock--but Richard Avedon's new book bottles the era's essence. It's not just his elegant, telling portraits (many of them familiar) of figures from Bob Dylan to the Chicago Seven to Veruschka that resonate in "The Sixties" (RandomHouse).

A Shock Grows In Brooklyn

Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, was recalling his last meeting with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. It took place in July at City Hall, where the two bantered about baseball--Giuliani's a well-known Yankees fan, while Lehman has never stopped cheering the Dodgers--and discussed capital improvements for the city-owned museum building. "It was a wonderful meeting," said Lehman wistfully. "The mayor asked great questions.

This Time, A 'Backlash' For Guys

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Susan Faludi emerged as a cultural troublemaker in 1991 with "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," which set off a political firestorm by documenting what she called men's subtle and not-so-subtle resistance to feminist progress. "Stiffed" promises to stir similarly hot emotions.

The 'Talk' Of The Town

In media circles, when people say "Tina," they never mean Turner, Marie or Louise. For a year now, everyone's been talking about Tina Brown and her new magazine--which is titled Talk but might as well be called "Tina." Ever since she left The New Yorker to take up Harvey Weinstein's offer to start her own magazine, there's been talk about the deal: the new monthly is part of Weinstein's Miramax movie company, which in turn is owned by Disney. (Hearst came in later as a partner and will print...

Burning Down The House

When Dorothy, desperate to get back to Kansas, clicked her heels three times and said, "There's no place like home," she was striking a powerful chord. At the heart of the American dream is home sweet home--the private sanctuary of the family, the fortress against the outside world.

Second Helping

Don't expect to see Thomas Harris on "Oprah." Or grilled on his taste for the grisly by Katie Couric at breakfast time. On June 8, when "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," hits the nation's bookstores, its author will be as invisible as he can get.

You Look Marvelous, Baby!

There's practically no piece of furniture you could own today that's as cool as an original Eames chair--say, the wooden lounge chair, made of two molded-plywood "potato chips," linked by a curvy spine.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Say you're a very famous writer and also a very famous recluse. You refuse to publish your stories anymore, and you live way up in New Hampshire in a lonely house and it's very tough to meet--well, girls.

Vision Of The Capital

In the summer of 1961, director Billy Wilder went to Berlin to make his famous cold-war comedy, "One, Two, Three." While he was filming the high-speed romp, with its scenes of James Cagney's limo careering down the boulevards and through the Brandenburg Gate to East Berlin, the wall went up.

A Place In The Sun

IF YOU'VE DRIVEN UP THE 405 through the Sepulveda pass in Los Angeles in recent years, you've seen the Getty Center taking shape. High on a hill above the whizzing traffic, battalions of giant cranes were silhouetted against the brilliant California sky.

Basque-Ing In Glory

FRANK GEHRY IS SITTING IN front of a funky riverside hangout called the Cafe Mississippi in Bilbao, Spain, philosophizing about art museums. The architect is railing against the dumb white modern boxes that house so much contemporary art today.

Portrait Of The Artist

IF JULIAN SCHNABEL HADN'T MADE Basquiat, someone else would have had to do it. All the ingredients for a classic doomed-by-overnight-success movie can be found in the trajectory of Jean Michel Basquiat's short, sad life.

Stone, Steel And Cyberspace

DlGlTAL TECHNOLOGY IS POISED TO have a huge impact on the way architects practice--and ultimately, it could put many of them put of business. After all, argues William Mitchell, dean of architecture at MIT, the more time we spend in cyberspace, the less need we'll have for nice real space.

Gehry With A French Twist

AMERICA MAY HAVE GIVEN FRANCE Mickey Rourke, but cultural relations between the two countries are still pretty strained. The French are freaked out about the pollution of pop culture from the United States.


When Frank Lloyd Wright dreamed up Broadacre City-his utopian idea for semirural metropolises--he declared the architecture of each should grow out of the character of its region.

He Built A Space Of Terrible Beauty

Architect James Ingo Freed, a Jewish refugee, was 9 years old when he escaped from Germany with his 4-year-old sister in 1939. His parents fled three years later, and though most of his mother's family who stayed behind died, he grew up learning little about the Holocaust.

The Future, Italian Style

Renzo Piano is a tough architect to pigeonhole-which is why he's so right for the end of the millennium. He takes a thoughtful, idiosyncratic approach to all kinds of projects, then expresses the beauty of technology through craftsmanship-crisp metal trusses, elegant joints or handsome panels of brick.

Do The Wright Thing

Five months after Hiroshima, Frank Lloyd Wright was explaining his concept for the yet-to-be-built Guggenheim Museum to some reporters. The building was to be a spiral, coiled " like a spring," the ramp one continuous ribbon from top to bottom. " When the first atomic bomb lands on New York," he said, "it will not be destroyed.