April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."
June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael Ordoña and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
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.
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.
January 31, 2002 |
This year marks the 40th anniversary of "Dr. No," the film that introduced James Bond to the movies, made Sean Connery a star and ushered in the '60s spy craze. "Dr. No" also brought Pop art to the cinema with its super-slick design, thanks to cinematographer Ted Moore, production designer Ken Adam and Technicolor, whose celebrated dye-transfer printing process made those primary colors scream almost as loudly as the famous James Bond theme.
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.