April 21, 1994 |
An extraordinary tribute to film is now playing. Not in your local theater, but at a gallery near you. The Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has brought together film costumes of yesterday and today, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Costume Designers Guild. The exhibit, "Building Character: Costume Design for the Cinema," presents a colorful account of more than six decades of Hollywood.
August 22, 2002 |
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen showcase at the Egyptian presents tonight at 7:30 George Ratliff's "Hell House," which documents how the Trinity Assembly of God Pentecostal Church in Dallas has turned Halloween into an opportunity to terrify teens onto the path of righteousness. This is an authentic slice of Americana, a sometimes unintentionally amusing but overall disturbing conflation of primitive hellfire-and-damnation religious convictions and up-to-the minute technology.
March 23, 2010 |
There's no confusing Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" with Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In the pay TV channel's adaptation of the tale of the rebel Roman slave, the battle cries from the Classical Age have, well, a distinctly 21st century ring ("My boot will meet your ass in the afterlife!"). The sexual intrigue seems lifted right out of a VH1 dating show (when a socialite decides to buy one of the gladiators-in-training, the men are ordered to drop their loincloths so she can make an informed choice)
February 20, 1987 |
Come with us now to mythical Jamal, the place of "Death Before Dishonor" (citywide). It's a desert land, swimming in blood and sand--where a band of kill-crazy Arabs, advised by a German fashion model and her sidekick, are spreading a reign of incomprehensible terror. What a crew! The felonious Amin, the degenerate Zabib, the sadistic Said and their depraved leader, the jelly-bellied Jihad. Their perfidy is endless as the sands. They slaughter diplomats, blow up embassies and kidnap U.S.
May 1, 2007 |
It may have taken a quarter of a century to bring "Dreamgirls," the seminal Broadway musical about a female R&B singing group, to the screen, but the wait paid off -- and the film transformed former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson into an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner as the powerful lead singer who is forced out of the group.
October 6, 1993 |
Kickers have decided a lot of NFL games this season, but if Denver Bronco linebacker Karl Mecklenburg had his way, he would give them all the boot. "I've always maintained that football would be a lot more fun if they just eliminated all the kicking and punting," Mecklenburg said. "It just seems kind of strange to me that you're out there killing yourself for 60 minutes and them some guy with no dirt on his uniform comes in to kick the ball and decide the game."
March 26, 1993 |
With Oscar fever in the air, costume lovers will relish "Hollywood and the Academy Awards," an exhibit of contemporary and vintage movie costumes, plus several pairs of Marlene Dietrich's Size 6 1/2 rhinestone-heeled pumps and Fred Astaire's top hat. The costumes are on display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles through May 15.
January 3, 2012 |
The pair of Golden Globe nominations for "Boss" — it got nods for top drama series and lead actor — is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for Starz, the pay-cable network on which the show appears. The network's motto is "the next big thing. " It has been striving to make headway with its original series, particularly since the arrival two years ago of Chief Executive Chris Albrecht, who was programming chief at HBO during the era of "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and other landmark cable series.
December 7, 2001 |
Longtime movie director Budd Boetticher, who died last Friday of organ failure, was a cinephile's director, famed throughout the world among movie buffs, little known by the general public. A master of both low-budget westerns and film noirs, he created classics such as "The Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951), "The Tall T" (1957) and "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960).