April 25, 2013 |
Daniel Tosh, watch your back. Internet comedy fans won't need Tosh or his Comedy Central show "Tosh.0" to filter through millions of hours of video to find the funniest content during the week of May 19-25. Instead they can turn to Google's YouTube, which is producing its first ever Comedy Week - pulling together actors, comedians and Internet celebs for a week of standup, sketches, music and live performances. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Among the performers attached to the project are Vince Vaughn, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Ed Helms and Norm Macdonald.
January 5, 2012
The New York Philharmonic has named a new executive director to tackle huge financial shortfalls at the nation's oldest orchestra. Orchestra officials announced Wednesday that Matthew VanBesien will succeed Zarin Mehta as the Philharmonic's top administrator. Mehta, brother of conductor Zubin Mehta, is retiring. VanBesien, a 42-year-old Missouri native, is currently the managing director of Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He started his music career as a French horn player for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
July 6, 2011
Captain America will get to keep top billing in most of the world when his superhero adventure hits the big screen this month. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of "Captain America: The First Avenger" to simply "The First Avenger" out of concern about anti-American sentiment. But the only countries that took them up on it were Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. In other territories, the movie will go out with the full title, a sign that the brand value of the Marvel Comics hero trumps any potential anti-U.S.
September 26, 2010 |
Iron Man 2 Paramount, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Though less fresh and surprising than the first movie featuring Marvel Comics' armored good guy, "Iron Man 2" is no less entertaining. This time out, Robert Downey Jr.'s quick-witted, cocksure billionaire Tony Stark is having difficulty with his newfound superhero celebrity; he's drinking too much and making rash decisions, which makes him a weakened target for a rival industrialist (played by Sam Rockwell) and the mad scientist (played by Mickey Rourke)
June 23, 2011
Marvel Studios had decided not to give a formal presentation at the largest venue at San Diego's Comic-Con International in July, the company said Thursday. In recent years, virtually every Hollywood studio has brought film clips and actors and directors to Hall H, the 6,000-seat room where fans, bloggers and journalists from around the world come to see filmmakers introduce and promote their upcoming spectacle movies. The leadership at Marvel Studios pointed out, however, that sitting out Hall H is not synonymous with sitting out Comic-Con, which runs July 21-24.
June 11, 2011 |
My comic book tastes ran to Classics Illustrated. Seriously, what's scarier than the graphic images of "Crime and Punishment" and Raskolnikov -- the existential "superman," not the caped one -- whacking the pawnbroker with an ax? Can I, then, hold my own with Spider-Man's spiritual father, Stan Lee, a genius of comics for 70 years? The progenitor of scores of graphic heroes and villains, "starred" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year, he's huge at the summer box office, with "Thor," then "X-Men: First Class" and, due out in July, "Captain America: The First Avenger.
April 28, 1985 |
A few weeks ago this column bumbled into a neologism describing the current cultural climate as "Revtrad," a revival of traditional forms and attitudes that characterizes everything from White House politics to yuppie one-upmanship, punk sartorial fashions and, of course, art.
April 29, 2012
May 4 The Avengers A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. WaltDisney Pictures The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A group of British retirees travel to India to spend their golden years at a newly restored hotel but find the accommodations to be less than palatial. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Tom Wilkinson.
April 29, 2012 |
It's been a long time since wearing sunglasses was just about shading the eyes from the glare of the sun. Just as often, that pair of Wayfarers, cat-eyes or aviators is used to create an air of inaccessibility and mystery. That's especially true among the celebrity set seeking a disguise and rock musicians trying to cultivate an anti-establishment vibe behind impenetrably inky or mirrored lenses. But, thanks to the latest celebri-trend - custom-made, lightly tinted lenses in light neutrals or pale pops of color - sunglasses are no longer an accessory that looks cool at the beach or behind the wheel but affected indoors and elsewhere.