December 5, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Seekers of proof of the diversity of choices available to local moviegoers need look no further than two wildly different but equally involving films on tap in the coming week. The Polish film "Aftermath" and its concern with man's inhumanity to man continues its run at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Town Center in Encino. A bombshell disguised as a thriller about people grappling with a difficult past, this devastating story involves Jews and the Holocaust, yet not a single Jewish character appears on screen.
December 2, 2013 |
No viral prank here. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is posting his best numbers since his time slot move put him in head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. For the week of Nov. 18, the latest for which numbers are available, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew an average of 2.86-million viewers overall, up 15% compared with the previous week. That's the biggest audience the show has brought in since it moved to its earlier 11:35 p.m. time in January. In the 18-to-49 demographic, the age group most coveted by advertisers, the jokester's program took in 1.05-million viewers, for an increase of 29% week-to-week.
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November 30, 2013 |
In the mid-1970s a vision came to Paul Crouch, but it wasn't what a man of the cloth might have expected. A map of North America had appeared on his ceiling, glowing with pencil-thin beams of light that shot in every direction. "Lord," asked Crouch, a Pentecostal minister, "what does this mean?" God, according to Crouch, had just one word for him: "Satellite. " Crouch, who belonged to the Assemblies of God, had been trying to spread the Gospel through a small television station in Tustin, but the vision changed his business plan.
November 28, 2013 |
Walt Disney Pictures' computer-animated 3-D musical “Frozen” likely won't topple “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at the holiday box office, but the fairy tale is already drawing big numbers, according to early estimates. On Wednesday alone, “Frozen” took in more than $15 million. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen,” the film could take in as much as $70 million over five days in its first weekend in wide release, The Times earlier reported . The tale of two princess sisters, voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, was introduced last weekend at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
November 19, 2013 |
- When "Side Show" first appeared on Broadway in 1997, the critics had plenty of nice things to say but audiences weren't rushing out in droves to see a musical about conjoined twins. The show closed after 91 performances. But this musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and "Dreamgirls" composer Henry Krieger (music) has been haunted by its unrealized potential. A cult favorite that many musical theater aficionados feel deserves another crack at the big time, the show has just gotten a major overhaul at La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
November 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Matthew Bourne was standing in the bedroom of Tchaikovsky's home outside Moscow two years ago when he decided it was finally time to tackle "Sleeping Beauty. " "It had a single bed and a very ordinary wooden table, looking out the window at birch trees," recalls the British choreographer, seated in the plush lobby at City Center in Manhattan, where "Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," had its U.S. premiere last month in advance of its run at the Ahmanson Theatre starting Thursday.
November 8, 2013 |
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
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November 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The California Supreme Court appeared unwilling Wednesday to grant a law license to a former journalist who fabricated stories for national magazines but now says he is steadfastly honest. During a hearing in Sacramento, several justices of the state high court indicated they were not convinced that Stephen Glass , 41, who concocted articles for the New Republic and other magazines in the mid-1990s, had shown enough evidence of rehabilitation to be permitted to practice law. Justice Joyce L. Kennard spoke at length of articles that Glass had fabricated and the importance of honesty in the law. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye observed that Glass was involved in a “a depth of deception that was pretty sophisticated.” Justice Marvin Baxter noted that Glass' prior conduct was not an isolated incident, but a pattern “over a long period of time.” Justice Ming W. Chin said Glass had benefited from his misconduct by earning money from a novel he wrote about his experience.
October 30, 2013 |
With this year's high-profile movies "The Butler," "42" and "12 Years a Slave" prominently featuring black actors, it may seem as though the multiplex is enjoying new levels of diversity. But popular films still under-represent minority characters and directors, and reflect certain biases in their portrayals, according to a study being released Wednesday by USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Researchers evaluated 500 top-grossing movies released at the U.S. box office between 2007 and 2012 and 20,000 speaking characters, finding patterns in the way different races, ethnicities and genders are depicted.
October 29, 2013 |
If you want to know how well "12 Years a Slave" is playing to its two distinct audiences -- highbrow art house patrons and mainstream African Americans -- you need look no further than two very different places: Dallas and Detroit. The two cities were added last weekend by Fox Searchlight as director Steve McQueen's celebrated slave drama expanded its national release. Playing in 123 locations, “12 Years a Slave” grossed a solid $2.1 million, and the film's performance was strong throughout the dozen cities where it was showing.