March 14, 2014 |
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
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February 4, 2014 |
More than five decades ago, Arthur Rankin Jr., a producer-director working in stop-motion animation, had an idea to develop a family-oriented TV special around a popular Christmas song. He hoped a network would like it enough to run it two or three times. But when "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" aired in 1964, he and partner Jules Bass found they had a blockbuster - one that launched them into TV history as pioneers of the animated holiday special. Fifty years later, "Rudolph," with its catchy tunes and charmingly misfit characters, remains the longest-running Christmas TV special, "one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast," according to the Archive of American Television . The others are "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and another Rankin-Bass creation, "Frosty the Snowman.
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January 21, 2014 |
Another blockbuster movie, another theme park attraction. Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled new details Tuesday of its next major attraction: a 3-D motion-simulator ride based on Universal Pictures' 2010 movie "Despicable Me. " Dubbed Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, the new ride, along with an interactive playland called Super Silly Fun Land, will open this spring at the site of the defunct attraction Terminator 2: 3D. The new attraction follows...
January 17, 2014 |
China Mobile began selling Apple iPhones on Friday and marked the occasion with a visit from Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to its stores. "Having fun in Beijing at the iPhone launch with China Mobile!" Cook tweeted. The new partnership was announced last month, and already analysts are betting that the sales of iPhones will have a big effect on Apple's bottom line for the current quarter that ends in March. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 During a briefing with media this week, China Mobile's chairman, Xi Guohua, said the company had already received "several million" pre-orders for iPhones before they went on sale in the company's stores.
December 22, 2013 |
I recently said goodbye to an old friend that had been with me since I was about 12 years old: my worn-down, blue-and-yellow Blockbuster video rental card. There are few better examples of how the entertainment business has actually changed (as opposed to various romantic theories about how it could develop) than the decline of this once culturally important institution. The downfall of Blockbuster was held by many experts to portend the fate of traditional media business models that relied on the other kind of blockbuster - those big, bloated mass-entertainment creations that had become a mainstay of the industry.
December 21, 2013 |
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways romps. Just a year ago Russell had a different film playing in multiplexes around the holiday season. But it was playing a lot more sparsely: "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell's mental-health-dramedy slash-dancing-dramedy-slash-romantic-comedy, was in just a few hundred theaters, the product of a Weinstein Co. rollout so slow it made molasses seem like a fast-spraying liquid.