February 7, 2014 |
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.
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February 4, 2014 |
I pedaled to work Monday morning, which I had never done before because all things considered, I'd like to go on living a while longer. Yes, I admit it. I'm afraid to bike city streets in Los Angeles. That's partly because I had a nasty bike accident several years ago, resulting in a head injury that erased all memory of what caused the crash. And it's partly because riding a bike on streets jammed with vehicles, many of them piloted by distracted and incompetent drivers, seems like a terrible idea.
January 29, 2014 |
Fleming - Ian Fleming - has become the subject of a biographical miniseries, "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. " Commencing Wednesday on BBC America, it mainly concerns the wartime adventures of the future creator of James Bond when he worked for British Naval Intelligence, dreamed of deeds of derring-do and carried on in London, smoking, drinking, gambling and sleeping with women, anticipating the manner of his future fictional alter ego. ...
January 10, 2014 |
When Jim Henson's menagerie of talking animals and fish-throwing vaudevillians made their big-screen comeback in 2011's "The Muppets," Kermit the Frog and company faced down a greedy oil tycoon named Tex Richman to save their old theater from demolition. In their newest cinematic adventure, "Muppets Most Wanted," set for release from Disney on March 21, a more dangerous foe lies in wait for the performers - a criminal mastermind named Constantine who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the troupe's genial impresario.
December 27, 2013 |
The Global Garden started two years ago with the mission of meeting the people and exploring the cultures of Los Angeles through the prism of what we plant. Now as 2013 comes to an end and I close out this series, I've been thinking back on how the experience has changed what I put into my own garden and subsequently what goes onto my plate. It began with a rooted hoja santa stalk given to me by a gardener from the Francis Avenue Community Garden in Koreatown. I knew the herb with the huge leaves from my travels in southern Mexico and didn't expect it would survive in my east-facing hillside garden in Echo Park.
December 24, 2013 |
Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have run a multicontinent theater empire, directed a number at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and swum with great white sharks off the coast of Southern California and Guadalupe Island. But the hardware store was thwarting them. "We wanted a new bit for the show and couldn't find anything at the store. Every object we seemed to have used before," McNicholas said. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV They eventually settled on plumbing connectors used primarily to repair broken toilets.