January 20, 2012 |
Dori Berinstein's documentary "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life" is a terrifically entertaining, smartly constructed trip down memory lane with one of the American stage's most legendary troupers. Although the 90-years-young Channing may be instantly recalled for her saucer-eyed, red-lipped, raspy-voiced loopiness — and as an affectionate target of comic impressionists and drag performers alike — this enlightening valentine to a game, devoted and ebullient talent deftly belies the caricature.
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December 28, 2011
Harry Kullijian Husband of Carol Channing Harry Kullijian, a junior high school classmate of Carol Channing who married the entertainer 70 years later, died at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage after suffering an aneurysm Monday, the night before his 92nd birthday. Kullijian had been a real estate developer and walnut grower in California's Central Valley and served on the Modesto City Council. A native of Turlock, southeast of Modesto, and a graduate of the University of San Francisco, he fought in World War II and the Korean War. He and Channing attended the same junior high school in San Francisco.
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.