November 11, 2010 |
Betty Anne Waters spent almost two decades trying to free her brother Kenny from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a crime she was sure he didn't commit. On the surface, "Conviction" is the true story about the lengths a sister will go to save her brother. But the film delves far below that surface. As acted by Hilary Swank, the loyalty Betty Anne has for Kenny is almost superhuman. Her journey is complicated because Kenny is as engaging as he is volatile, and as embodied by Sam Rockwell, that combination could very well be lethal.
September 30, 2010
Once upon a time, 52-year-old professional clown Gail Choate couldn’t run 60 seconds without stopping. Now, the Florida mom will run the Oct. 10 Chicago Marathon. And she did it, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story, with the help of an iPhone app. Let's put aside the clown-to-marathoner part, for a moment: The fact that she turned herself around with electronic encouragement from a little program that simply told her when to walk and when to run is pretty impressive.
September 29, 2010 |
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
April 2, 2010 |
Bat in hand, headphones in his ears and sweat covering his face, Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers' clubhouse on the last day of spring training in Arizona. The locker room was nearly empty. A clock in the middle of the room indicated it was 8:42 a.m. Avoiding eye contact and saying nothing, Ramirez headed toward a computer in the back of the room. The gray shirt he was wearing spoke for him. "I got 99 problems but my swing ain't one," the shirt read, a play on words in the chorus of a Jay-Z song.
December 24, 2009 |
Growing up in Kansas City, Kan., Eric Stonestreet pictured his future behind bars, not as a convict but as a prison administrator. But he also had a streak of clown in him. That's clown as in circus -- as in red nose and big shoes. What would it be, warden or entertainer? Stonestreet chose laughs, and today he's one of the breakout stars of the TV season as lovable, larger-than-life Cameron on ABC's "Modern Family." "I got fascinated by clowning as a kid," he says. "And I actually worked as a clown, doing birthday parties.
November 28, 2009 |
George Carlin was stand-up comedy's transformational man. He went through it time and again through the decades, first as a young hipster hungry to fit into the showbiz life, then slowly finding his voice and a roomful of laughs as a counter-culture hero and finally abandoning it all once more for something sharper and even more authentically his own. Carlin realized he was less an entertainer than an artist -- a true master of "the vulgar art"...
October 10, 2009 |
Brendan Ryan kept asking silly questions, so his teacher countered with an inquiry of his own: What does any of this have to do with freshman English? After a few weeks, Ryan had become such a distraction that the teacher at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High assigned one of Ryan's classmates to screen his questions. "When he raised his hand," teacher Tom Dill said of Ryan, "I wouldn't even look at him. He'd ask the person next to him and I'd see the other kid shaking his head no."
October 9, 2009 |
The clown had a conundrum. Sure, he had scored an enviable role in a Las Vegas Strip extravaganza, giving him the chance to wow a well-heeled audience and secure the Holy Grail of entertainment -- a steady paycheck. After the cast of "Le Reve" took its nightly bow, however, there wasn't much in town to satisfy Amos Glick's artistic soul. In New York and Los Angeles, performers seeking creative outlets have an embarrassment of options: poetry readings, performance art, guerrilla theater.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
San Francisco husband-and-wife team Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios have made a name for themselves turning local landmarks into affordable art. Now Rewitzer has turned some Los Angeles sights into these linoleum-cut prints. "L.A. friends suggested Circus Liquor as a subject for its cool but kind of creepy clown," Rewitzer says. Each print measures 6 by 8 inches and costs $25. If you want to cover a wall, check out his 10 iconic midcentury furniture designs, each printed at the same size and price.