July 24, 2011 |
Initially known for such obsessive noirs as "Laura" and "Fallen Angel," Otto Preminger enjoyed a long run in the 1950s and '60s as one of Hollywood's most ambitious practitioners of the issue movie. Driven to dramatize big social-political themes and the largest institutions of public life, he tackled drug addiction ("The Man With the Golden Arm"), the legal system ("Anatomy of a Murder"), the state of Israel ("Exodus"), Beltway duplicity ("Advise & Consent"), the Catholic Church ("The Cardinal")
April 20, 2011 |
— The Cannes Film Festival features movies by international auteurs. The Sundance Film Festival has gained a reputation for scrappy dramas and documentaries. The Tribeca Film Festival, at least this year, is training a spotlight on music. The musician's life — and, more often, the perils thereof — is a particular theme at this year's New York film gathering, which opens Wednesday night. While music has cropped up in past editions of Tribeca, with movies about the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, this year's installment has a particularly tuneful focus and kicks off with an outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe's "The Union," a documentary about Elton John.
March 18, 2011
Carol Channing, Robert Morse, Rita Moreno and Tyne Daly are among the Broadway veterans who'll be belting out show tunes in "Original Cast 2," a benefit on April 2 to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Others who'll be reprising numbers from such productions as "Company," "Hello Dolly," "Showboat," "Three Penny Opera" and "Miss Saigon" include Philip Casnoff, Constance Towers, Patrick Cassidy, Jonelle Allen, Carole Cook, Charlotte Rae, Vicki Lewis and Bill Hutton. The 27th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles.
August 6, 2009 |
April might be the cruelest month, but August is the dumbest -- at least if you have the misfortune to be watching TV. It's not just that the shows are mostly reruns and nothing much happens in the news (except, OK, the occasional release of journalists from a North Korean prison sentence thanks to the diplomacy of an ex-president). It's that, with relatively little else happening, the darndest people and causes tend to grab the spotlight.
June 25, 2009 |
A movie version of "Forever Plaid" will be shown simultaneously via satellite feed at 500 theaters in the United States and Canada on July 9, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the popular off-Broadway musical. The movie theater audience also will see a feed of a live stage show featuring Hollywood and Broadway stars and will have the opportunity to join in a nationwide sing-along. The film will get the requisite red carpet (or will it be plaid?) treatment at downtown L.A.'s Club Nokia, with a celeb-studded pre-show, including an introduction by actor Fred Willard, an appearance by Carol Channing and a performance by "Plaid" cast members, including three from the original stage production (Stan Chandler, Larry Ruben and David Engel)
September 23, 2007 |
The lost-and-found caper of the crystal sheath -- a dress valued at $150,000 and promised to the Smithsonian Institution -- could've spelled disaster for any upstart diva. But when the Bob Mackie gown was stolen off a hotel luggage trolley a day before opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, its owner, Carol Channing, conveyed how a true star acts -- with oodles of grace and cool. No wonder the kids are embracing her, again.