December 23, 2001 |
We usually think of top 10 lists as honoring a year's best individual programs. That applies only partially to the elite of 2001, when the most electrifying TV moments came from a transcendent catastrophe (guess which one) and bodies of work that made you grateful that Philo Farnsworth created something called a television image in 1927. The list: Sept. 11.
December 23, 2001 |
In this holiday time of America Striking Back, and Responding to Terror in the midst of Shopping, the revival of "Flower Drum Song" turned out to be just the thing for many L.A. theatergoers. Continuing through Jan. 13, it's an anti-terror good time, something old (a 1958 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical) and something new (the book by David Henry Hwang), with many things borrowed and practically none of it blue.
December 23, 2001 |
Some people are still arguing over when, exactly, the '60s ended. Altamont in December 1969? Kent State in May 1970? But if you ask the same question about the 1990s, the answer quickly becomes clear: Never mind millennial fireworks. In fact, never mind 2000. The '90s ended on Sept. 11, 2001.
December 23, 2001
Sept. 11 wasn't the only event to shape the arts and entertainment world in 2001. But it had far-reaching reverberations, beyond delayed season premieres, dark stages, thwarted logistics and fluctuating movie schedules. For many, it provided a test of will: the will to create, the will to perform, the will to interpret, the will to keep on.
November 11, 2001
Wednesday THE WASH Comedy Lions Gate With: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Wallace. The idea: Capers, cons and a kidnapping liven up the workday at the car wash. Writer-director: DJ Pooh. So?: Dre-Snoop chemistry is a plus. Friday AUDITION Thriller American Cinematheque With: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina. The idea: A widower conducts bogus film auditions to meet a woman, and gets more than he bargained for. Writer: Takishi Miike, based on the book by Ryu Murakami. Director: Miike. So?
May 6, 2001 |
Whether it's apes, ogres, dinosaurs, tomb raiders, robots or Parisian courtesans, there are plenty of unusual characters to go around in this summer's packed movie season. Arriving amid labor uncertainty and industry layoffs and following last year's sluggish performance and a rash of theater-chan bankruptcies, this summer is critical for Hollywood. The good news is that the studios seem prepared with a slew of films offering diversity in subjects, locations and casts.
March 29, 2001 |
If the crowds aren't descending on Disney's new park in full force yet, maybe they will this spring, when overall pleasure travel is expected to increase by more than 2% over last year, according to a survey by the Travel Industry Assn. of America. More than 147.4 million trips will be taken in March, April and May--86% of them for leisure purposes, the organization's officials said.
January 24, 2001 |
As auto makers arm themselves for a fierce battle to simply maintain market share in a year of tumbling sales, Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea has been handed the equivalent of a small nuclear weapon for its arsenal: Consumer Reports magazine has rated Hyundai's compact Elantra sedan as one of the best small cars in the United States. The rating underscores how once-reviled South Korean auto makers are overcoming American buyers' concerns about product quality. U.S.
January 23, 2001 |
It's a new stock market for a new year: Investors have rushed back into many downtrodden technology and telecom stocks this year, while taking profits in many of last year's market leaders such as utilities and drug stocks. The turnabout has lifted some tech and telecom shares 20% or more in three weeks, though the market took a breather Monday with major indexes closing little changed. The Nasdaq composite eased 0.5% to 2,757.91, though it's still up 11.6% year to date.