CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
For more than 20 years at UC Irvine, Dudley Knight devised innovative and sometimes controversial ways of teaching acting students to speak clearly while lending their characters authentic, unforced accents and dialects. He believed that actors in a multicultural society should keep their own voices and fought the orthodox practice of teaching them to use upper-class white speech patterns as the favored norm. Knight, who had retired 10 years ago to Pennsylvania, returned to the campus last month to begin rehearsing his role as King Lear in an outdoor summer festival production of the Shakespeare tragedy.
June 21, 2013 |
A warning to amateur history buffs out there: Kathryn Allison Mann has a job that might just make you blind with envy. As head of research on "Mad Men," which winds down its sixth season June 23 on AMC, Mann is responsible for upholding the period drama's well-earned reputation for authenticity and for mining the tumultuous history of the 1960s for potential fodder for series creator Matthew Weiner and his writing team. "It's relentlessly interesting," says Mann, 29, who studied English and philosophy at Bates College in Maine and started on "Mad Men" as a production assistant before stepping into her current position in Season 4. PHOTOS: The women of 'Mad Men' Mann is typically one of the first staff members to return at the start of a new "Mad Men" season.
June 20, 2013 |
BERKELEY - On the University of California campus recently, a tour guide told a group of prospective students about the many opportunities open to those studying in the Bay Area - "like getting an internship at Pixar," she said. The Emeryville animation studio is four miles away, but that day Pixar was even closer than the tour guide knew - director Dan Scanlon and three of his colleagues were walking right behind her, on their way to Sather Gate, a bit of Beaux-Arts architecture that had served as creative inspiration for Pixar's new film, "Monsters University," which opens Friday.
June 6, 2013
A Brooklyn man tries to square a checkered past with a grim future in the intimate and observational "Welcome to Pine Hill. " An offshoot of writer-direct-editor Keith Miller's short film "Prince/William," the feature mixes real-life situations and characters with fictionalized narrative threads to create a highly authentic slice-of-life drama. First-time actor Shannon Harper, who Miller initially met on a New York street in a dispute over a dog (that incident, documented in the short, also opens "Pine Hill")
June 5, 2013
The Israeli film renaissance that began more than a decade ago with "Late Marriage" is nowhere near its end. The latest evidence: "Fill the Void," a transfixing, emotionally complex drama that won the Venice Film Festival's lead actress award for Hadas Yaron and captured seven Ophirs (the Israeli Academy Awards), including best picture and directing and screenplay honors for Rama Burshtein. Herself a member of the Haredi, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in which "Fill the Void" is set, Burshtein has spent years making movies only for the women of her largely sexually segregated society.
June 1, 2013 |
I ate my share of lobsters while spending summers in Rhode Island. My family still talks about the 10-pounder we bought from a shop in Galilee. We spent an hour scouring the neighborhood looking for someone who owned a pot big enough to cook it. Lobster is still one of my favorite foods of summer - that's when it is the cheapest, when they move closer to shore and the fishing conditions are better. A good lobster is something to be relished, eaten with your hands, the buttery juices wiped from your chin and licked from your fingers.
May 18, 2013 |
When Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu opened their Bell restaurant 15 years ago, some customers wondered if they knew how to cook. Accustomed to Mexican food laden with sour cream, melted cheddar cheese and mild salsa that has long been served up in the Los Angeles area, patrons balked at eating La Casita Mexicana's enchiladas covered in pumpkin seed mole, cotija cheese and red onions. Many of the doubters, to the restaurateurs' surprise, were Mexican American. Regional Mexican cooking isn't a tough sell anymore.
April 29, 2013 |
Somewhere between Grammy hosting duties, starring on a hit CBS cop drama and thwarting home burglars, LL Cool J has completely lost touch with what launched him into superstardom: rapping. That startling disconnection is what bogs down his 13th album, "Authentic. " His first offering in nearly five years - and first not to be issued through longtime hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam - "Authentic" not only misses the mark, it doesn't even come close. In the nearly 30 years since the Queens emcee first emerged, the lady-killer has become a multi-hypenate force in entertainment.
April 10, 2013 |
Tour L.A. one bite at a time at our annual food and wine festival, August 29-31, at Paramount Pictures Studios. *Does not apply to Opening Night, Weekend Pass or child tickets.
March 19, 2013 |
This is the first of a series on some of the top character actors in Hollywood. Over the years, Nick Searcy has played everything from a German shepherd in an off-Broadway musical rip-off of "Cats" called "Dogs" to astronaut Deke Slayton in the Emmy Award-winning 1998 HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" to a drag queen who performs as Cher and Christina Aguilera in the 2007 sports comedy "The Comebacks. " It's all in a day's work for a character actor such as Searcy, who can change personas in a flash but always brings a down-home authenticity to all his roles.