November 29, 2011
MUSIC Sting The erstwhile Police frontman is no stranger to earnest solo recordings, and on this intimate Back to Bass tour he rediscovers his old stalwart instrument for a march through his long catalog of grand, reggae-inflected pop. Wiltern, 8 p.m. Today-Wed. $46.50-$151.50. wiltern.com. Allen Ruppersberg and Terry Allen In 1971, Terry Allen delivered a stunning live performance on opening night at Allen Ruppersberg's Al's Grand Hotel. Though the performance was recorded, the tapes were lost until recently.
November 11, 2010 |
Who doesn't want to be relevant? It's a step toward contentment, a way to stay charged and, in this season, a key to predicting the Oscars. FOR THE RECORD: Oscar voting: The Oscar Watcher's Notebook in the Nov. 11 edition of The Envelope about factors that might sway votes for best picture said the film "The Apartment" was released in 1959. It opened in 1960. ? Sometimes Oscar voters pick pure entertainments for best picture ("The Departed," "No Country for Old Men")
January 8, 2010 |
We're told by the "Leap Year" production notes that writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont are "well-known as Hollywood 'script doctors.' " Yikes. Is there a doctor for the doctors in the house? Mid-January and already there's another romantic comedy that makes you weep for the genre. Honestly. After "P.S. I Love You," "27 Dresses," "Bride Wars" and "The Ugly Truth," Beatrice and Benedick from "Much Ado About Nothing" are going to step right out of the first folio edition of Shakespeare's play and go on a revenge killing spree.
February 20, 2008 |
THINK "No Country for Old Men" is the clear best picture Oscar front-runner? Maybe, but remember, Oscar prognosticating is a game with endless variables -- the mood of the voters, the mood of the country, the campaign missteps, the likability factor. At least there are no exit polls. In fact, after nearly 80 years of handing out awards, a few precedents bode well for the five nominees.
June 2, 2006 |
It's hard to talk about "The Break-Up," which stars Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston as an uncoupling couple bound together by a condo, without getting a couple of words on Vaughn and Aniston's real-life romance, Aniston's recent real-life break-up and how "The Break-Up" compares to "Wedding Crashers" out of the way first. So here goes: Who cares?
April 7, 2006 |
Hollywood screenwriters should know a good movie script when they see one, and "Casablanca" has been crowned the best screenplay ever. The members of the Writers Guild of America voted Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch's "Casablanca" into the top spot of the guild's 101 greatest screenplays.