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October 1, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
As the air gets cooler and each week brings newer and better movies, don't forget the wonderful ones that are already in theaters. Especially don't forget "Bright Star," an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint, all in the service of the unapologetically romantic belief in "the holiness of the heart's affections." Those words belong to John Keats, and his romance with the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, is utterly transforming in the hands of writer-director Jane Campion and stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.
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April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
Steve Martin will present the world premiere of his much buzzed about new musical "Bright Star" in September at the Old Globe in San Diego as part of the company's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Thursday. "Bright Star," which Martin is writing with Edie Brickell, had been expected to debut at the Old Globe after the company held workshop performances earlier this year in New York. The musical, which runs from Sep. 13 to Nov. 2, had also been workshopped at the Powerhouse Theatre in upstate New York.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010
You should be talking about: "Bright Star" If there were any justice, star Abbie Cornish would be getting an Oscar nomination for her role as the love of poet John Keats. The slow-burning romance, from director Jane Campion, has been largely overlooked this awards season. Protest by buying the DVD out this week. (Tuesday) Still talking about: "This Is It" The DVD release of the Michael Jackson concert film will include two extra documentaries going deeper into the development of what were to be the King of Pop's comeback shows.
SCIENCE
April 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Saturn is having a moment, and you won't want to miss it. The ringed planet -- arguably the most beautiful in the solar system -- will reach opposition on Saturday, making this weekend an optimal time to see it in the night sky. When a planet is in opposition, it is exactly opposite the sun as seen from Earth. So this weekend, when the sun sets in the west, Saturn will rise in the east, and when the sun is farthest below the horizon, Saturn will reach its highest point above the horizon.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2009 | Sam Adams
Although he's collected plenty of critical acclaim for his roles in such movies as "Lars and the Real Girl" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," Paul Schneider is still far from a household name. Even now, the raves for his role as John Keats' friend and patron Charles Brown in Jane Campion's understated period drama "Bright Star" -- a chorus that began at Cannes and escalated with its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival last week -- are unlikely to catapult him into the national spotlight.
TRAVEL
December 26, 2010
Syria, in the ancient heart of the Middle East, used to be rough, insular, politically extreme and all but off the map for travelers. Now, with a more forward-looking government, tourism increasing by almost 50% a year and opulent new hotels opening by the score, the luster is back on the magic lamp, making Syria one of the world's most compelling destinations for 2011. Recent visitors from the U.S. report that the largely Sunni Muslim population receives non-Islamic Westerners courteously, that tourists are allowed to shop and browse without annoyance from hard-selling touts and merchants, and that culture, cuisine and the arts in the former French colony have developed in strikingly stylish ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Jane Campion has been many things, including the only woman to win the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and an inspiration, she only recently found out, to Quentin Tarantino, who confided that her success with "The Piano" emboldened him to feel "you could keep your own voice and find an audience." But she never thought she'd end up as a disappointment to the video split operator on her latest film, "Bright Star."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
"Bright Star" satisfies a hunger we may not have known we had, a hunger for an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint, all in the service of an unapologetically romantic belief in "the holiness of the heart's affections." The affections in question are those of the poet who wrote those words, John Keats, perhaps the greatest of England's 19th century Romantics, and Fanny Brawne, literally the girl next door. They met in 1818, when Keats was 23 and Brawne 18, a little more than two years before his dreadful death from tuberculosis.
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September 13, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
The 19th century gentlewoman Fanny Brawne might have been lost to history were it not for her love affair with the great romantic poet John Keats. Most certainly, Brawne would have been lost to the Twitterati generation were it not for 27-year-old Abbie Cornish's interpretation of her in Jane Campion's "Bright Star," which chronicles her attachment to Keats, who died of tuberculosis at 25. The film opens Friday. "They seemed like two peas in a pod," Cornish says of the couple. "The sense of humor, the sensitivity that was in her was also in him. That was a very rare thing to run into a man like that for her. She grew up in the country.
NEWS
May 19, 2009
'Bright Star': In an article in Monday's Calendar about director Jane Campion and her film "Bright Star," a descriptive clause was misplaced. "A person with a lively mind and a fine sense of humor" was intended to apply to Campion, not to a camera crew member.
SCIENCE
March 14, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Astronomers have had great success using tools like NASA's Kepler space telescope to peer into the heavens and find planets outside our solar system, but they haven't yet been able to describe those worlds in great depth. In large part, that is because they usually detect so-called exoplanets through indirect means - by observing how they obscure a tiny bit of light as they pass between their star and our vantage point, or how their gravity makes their host star wobble.  Scientists can surmise a planet's distance from its star and some details about its size and mass, but it's difficult for them, for instance, to characterize the components in an exoplanet atmosphere - the kind of detail that might help researchers assess, someday, whether life could thrive on a planet or not.  But on Thursday, a team of Canadian and American scientists reported new observations that provide unprecedented detail about a large, gaseous planet orbiting a young, bright star called HR 8799, about 130 light years away from our sun. The observations, made using at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, were published online in the journal Science . Pointing the telescope toward the far-off planetary system and analyzing infrared signals, the team could see “chemical fingerprints” of the atmosphere of the giant planet HR 8799c that potentially explain how it formed, the study's coauthors said Wednesday during a phone call with reporters.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2012 | By Ashley Powers and Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who came to symbolize hope and resilience as she tenaciously recovered from a gunshot wound to the head during the last year, announced she would resign from Congress to concentrate on her recovery. Giffords, 41, announced her plans in a stylized video on YouTube and Facebook and in a Twitter post. Her decision, effective this week, clears the way for candidates in both parties to stake a claim on her competitive border district. By state law, her replacement will be chosen in a special election.
TRAVEL
December 26, 2010
Syria, in the ancient heart of the Middle East, used to be rough, insular, politically extreme and all but off the map for travelers. Now, with a more forward-looking government, tourism increasing by almost 50% a year and opulent new hotels opening by the score, the luster is back on the magic lamp, making Syria one of the world's most compelling destinations for 2011. Recent visitors from the U.S. report that the largely Sunni Muslim population receives non-Islamic Westerners courteously, that tourists are allowed to shop and browse without annoyance from hard-selling touts and merchants, and that culture, cuisine and the arts in the former French colony have developed in strikingly stylish ways.
WORLD
October 19, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
"You have served me camel. " "No, no, it's goat. " "It's camel," said Lucas, the driver. "Goat," said the waiter. Unconvinced, but with limited dining options, Lucas spooned meat and gristle from a silver bowl onto his rice. He ate quickly. This wasn't his kind of place, this outpost of herders, mechanics, butchers and a few Lutheran missionaries scattered at the fringe of a refugee camp. He would be here one night, then back to Nairobi. The guesthouse, where he parked his SUV behind a metal gate, seemed safe enough and the manager, a tall man with a short broom in his hands, had a reassuring, timeless face, one you could count on when darkness fell.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Lisa Rosen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's the show that everybody hears is great. But this time, someone on the Emmy nominating committee heard. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the leads of the DirecTV/NBC drama "Friday Night Lights," have been delighting their small but fervent audience since the series premiered in 2006. The show takes place in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, where football is as sacred as church and probably better attended. As Coach Eric Taylor, Chandler is only as popular as his last game; everyone in town feels the right to tell him how to do his job. Perhaps the only exception is his loving wife, Tami (Britton)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010 | By Noel Murray
Michael Jackson's This Is It Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95 Part performance film, part behind-the-scenes document, part memorial for a fallen star, "Michael Jackson's This Is It" compiles footage of Jackson's rehearsals for the London concerts he never staged. Fans looking for an approximation of those shows will be disappointed; "This Is It" doesn't include that many full performances of Jackson's songs. But for its rare glimpse at the star's creative process -- and its peek at how surprisingly vital Jackson looked just days before he died -- the film is invaluable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010
You should be talking about: "Bright Star" If there were any justice, star Abbie Cornish would be getting an Oscar nomination for her role as the love of poet John Keats. The slow-burning romance, from director Jane Campion, has been largely overlooked this awards season. Protest by buying the DVD out this week. (Tuesday) Still talking about: "This Is It" The DVD release of the Michael Jackson concert film will include two extra documentaries going deeper into the development of what were to be the King of Pop's comeback shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009 | By Susan King
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre celebrates the 94th birthday of the late, great Frank Sinatra with a swinging double bill tonight: 1960's " Ocean's 11" -- the first Rat Pack funfest -- which also stars Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Cesar Romero and Angie Dickinson; and 1957's Rodgers and Hart musical "Pal Joey" with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. The latter played at the Egyptian when it was first released. In keeping with the Rat Pack spirit, there'll also be a no-host martini bar reception before the screenings.
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