June 29, 2012 |
Literate, intelligent and a model of accomplished European filmmaking, "Unforgivable" showcases the kind of emotional complexity that is all but gone from the screen these days. The interplay between its characters is so intricate that the very nature of the film seems to change, more than once, as we watch it. Directed byFrance'sveteran André Téchiné and co-written by him from a novel by Philippe Dijan, "Unforgivable" starts as an adult romance but quickly becomes a thriller.
June 25, 2012
The track record of adapting hit films into TV series has been spotty at best. For every small screen success such as CBS' "MASH," there have been such turkeys as the recent NBC series "The Firm. " The stars aligned for CBS in 1976 with the sitcom "Alice," a warmly funny adaptation of Martin Scorsese's 1974 "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," for which Ellen Burstyn won the Oscar as a widower with a young son who ends up working at a greasy spoon named Mel's. Warner Archive just released the first season on DVD. Linda Lavin was perfectly cast as Alice, as were Polly Holliday and Beth Howland as waitresses Flo and Vera.
April 24, 2012 |
A star-studded screening of "The Raven" wouldn't be quite complete without a few dark, mood-setting touches - including a real raven. Yes, there was a large, black bird on the carpet at the film's special screening downtown Monday. Many celebrities kept their distance as they neared the bird, but not John Cusack, who braved allowing the raven to perch on his arm. At the event, the ornate auditorium of the Los Angeles Theatre was decked out with candles, red lighting, lanterns for the ushers and some fog machine magic.
January 21, 2012 |
Little bistro, huge impact. Like a different sort of miracle of the five loaves and two fishes, Chez Panisse, the landmark Berkeley restaurant, and its founder and guiding spirit, Alice Waters, have leveraged a small temple of slow, local and organic food into a massive force in the culinary world. Now that appetite for a new/old food culture has begun to register on the public's consciousness, if not always on its plate. Waters is clearing her table of most everything but the Edible Schoolyard Project : If we are what we eat, she wants children in class, on the playground and in the cafeteria kitchen to change their identities by the forkful.
November 22, 2011 |
Here is a nightmare assignment for a restaurateur: Cook for 250 people using all-organic ingredients procured locally in a country infamous for its tainted food supply. Create a romantic setting in a latter-day fortress, the fluorescent-lighted U.S. Embassy. Alice Waters' celebrated Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, was transported to Beijing last week as part of a four-day U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. Berkeley and Beijing don't have much in common except as food writer Michael Pollan, another delegate, sarcastically put it, "both are socialist paradises.
October 13, 2011
BOOKS Alice Bag, the pioneering lead singer of the late '70s Hollywood punk band the Bags, will be reading from her new memoir, "Violence Girl," and performing two songs on acoustic guitar, accompanied by Dionysus Records honcho Lee Joseph on acoustic bass. Dawn Wirth will also be signing her new photo collection, "The Bags: Hollywood Forever. " La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. 7 to 10 p.m. Sat. Free. (323) 666-7667. http://www.laluzdejesus.com
September 20, 2011 |
Boa constrictor snakes, black widowspiders, guillotine decapitations, electrifying electrocutions, sadistic insane asylums. Welcome toAlice Cooper's walk-through nightmare. The "Alice Cooper: Welcome to my Nightmare" maze at Halloween Horror Nights 2011 turns the shock-rocker's songs, characters and theatrical concerts into a walk-through haunted attraction. I took a tour of the Alice Cooper maze this week in the Jurassic Park ride queue at Universal Studios Hollywood with Horror Nights creative director John Murdy.
September 16, 2011 |
Writer-director Jeanne Labrune affords Isabelle Huppert, arguably the finest French screen actress of her generation, yet another splendid role in the complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating "Special Treatment. " Huppert plays Alice, an art history major who years ago became a high-priced Paris prostitute specializing in kinky clients who require elaborate role-playing on her part. She is a coolly proud, fearless woman, confident of her looks and abilities even as she approaches 50, though she finds it increasingly difficult to deny that her soul is withering away.
September 1, 2011 |
Halloween Horror Nights 2011 at Universal Studios Hollywood will veer from its traditional horror movie theme with an Alice Cooper haunted maze that will draw on elements from the shock rocker's theatrical concerts and feature music from his 1975 concept album, "Welcome to My Nightmare. " > Photos: Concept art of the Alice Cooper maze at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Just like one of the singer's rock concerts, visitors to the Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare maze at Halloween Horror Nights 2011 will encounter boa constrictor snakes, black widow spiders, guillotine decapitations, hangman's gallows and electrocutions inside a sadistic insane asylum.
August 21, 2011 |
The Todds "When we were trying to sell 'Austin Powers,' we got a lot of pushback," Suzanne Todd recalls. "A studio head at the time [took] the point to call himself to say to me, 'Passing on this project, and I also want to tell you as your friend that I think this material is disgusting and you're a nice girl and you shouldn't sully you career by taking on this kind of material.' And I remember thinking, not only was that a pretty aggressive pass, but I was sort of insulted by the idea that he needed to look out for me. " The Todd sisters have produced some big hits, including all three of the "Austin Powers" movies, "Memento" and "Alice in Wonderland.