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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?
January 3, 2012 | By Amy Dawes, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
September 10, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Not only did he have "It," Rudolph Valentino also possessed the "S" factor -- he was sexy, sensuous, smoldering and swarthy. The original "Latin Lover" and the screen's first superstar, the Italian-born actor still mesmerizes audiences 81 years after his untimely death of a perforated ulcer at the age of 31.
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.
March 23, 2010 | By Denise Martin and Joe Flint
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 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
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 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
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.
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