March 4, 2011 |
Paramount Pictures' "Rango," a family movie about a chameleon sheriff in the Wild West voiced by Johnny Depp, marks the studio's entry into the crowded field of big-budget digital animation. The little critter could cause some big headaches. Computer animation is one of Hollywood's few growth industries, with nearly every major studio now wanting to stake a claim in a market dominated by Pixar Animation, Disney and DreamWorks Animation. And "Rango," which opens Friday, will put Paramount into direct competition with one of those industry giants, DreamWorks, which has been the studio's chief supplier of family animated films.
December 5, 2010 |
Reporting from Las Vegas If you take stock of the Vegas landscape, it's no wonder several Las Vegas clubs are hosting "good riddance to 2010" New Year's Eve parties. The construction cranes atop the flashy but bankrupt Fontainebleau resort, between the Sahara and the Riviera, haven't moved in months. Opposite the Riviera, plywood-covered fences try to hide the foundations for Echelon, a CityCenter wannabe whose owners have pulled the plug, at least temporarily. And at CityCenter, the multi-billion-dollar hotel/retail behemoth that debuted a year ago, the problem-plagued Harmon Hotel will not open this month as expected.
October 31, 2010 |
There's no other way to say it: Pascal was just a party pooper. After a few early test screenings, Disney animators knew things weren't working with the chameleon character in the new animated musical "Tangled," which opens Nov. 24. "We weren't getting enough entertainment out of Pascal," admits supervising animator Lino DiSalvo. "Animation-wise, originally, he was very realistic. He moved like a real chameleon, his eyes would move independently. " And while that's fine for fans of the bug-eyed reptiles, this particular creature just wasn't giving off the right vibe for a princess movie.
December 23, 2009 |
"A year ago this month I was opening for Natasha Bedingfield and the New Kids on the Block -- at this theater," said Lady Gaga on Monday night during the first of her three sold-out performances at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. She was posing as usual, her body elegantly contorted to show off a dazzlingly weird outfit. But she was also smiling, cracking a warm and surprisingly unaffected grin. Gaga has arrived. She knows it, even when she sprawls on the floor in her cruelly shiny black bustier and declares herself a gothic Tinkerbell, in danger of dying unless her fans scream.
October 13, 2009 |
"Frontline" checks in tonight with a gloomy assessment of the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and an equally pessimistic view of whether the U.S. can prod/seduce/jawbone/bribe the Pakistani government into truly confronting Al Qaeda forces in its border region. In political terms, the title says it all: "Obama's War." President Obama has called Afghanistan "a necessary war" compared with the war in Iraq, which he opposed and vows to end. The rhetoric helped squelch Hillary Rodham Clinton -- an early supporter of the Iraq war -- in the Democratic primaries and defeat the hawkish John McCain in the general election.
February 1, 2009 |
To many moviegoers who came of age in the '70s, Alec Guinness was synonymous with the cowled "Star Wars" guru Obi-Wan Kenobi. For this most chameleonic of actors, whose career ranged from London's West End to Broadway, from Ealing comedies to David Lean epics to John le Carre thrillers, this was apparently a source of consternation (he claimed to throw out all "Star Wars" fan mail unopened).