August 30, 2013 |
Appropriately enough, the award-winning recording artist Moby, nicknamed for his ancestor Herman Melville's great white whale, joined the Young Literati 's party Thursday to read to the group from the classic American novel. "My dad gave me the name 10 minutes after I was born," said Moby, who is actually named Richard Melville Hall. Calling the nickname ironic, owing to his tiny size at the time, he later said, “I don't think that either of my parents thought that 47 years later, I would still be saddled with my infant joke nickname.” Other “readers” at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica included actor Colin Hanks, of “Dexter,” “Orange County” and “Parkland”; author Mark Z. Danielewski of “House of Leaves” and “Only Revolutions”; and author Attica Locke of “The Cutting Season” and “Black Water Rising.” Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle George Harrison, and his band, thenewno2, came to perform, while artist Shepard Fairey served as the night's DJ. The cocktail party celebrated Amanda Fairey's new role as chair of Young Literati -- a support group for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles -- which is targeted at Angelenos in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Previously, Amanda and her husband had been honorary chairs.
February 23, 2007 |
Voyeurism has long proved a fitting topic for the movies, most memorably in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom." "Alone With Her," a new twist on that theme, utilizes the latest technology to tell its tale. Immediately, the audience is thrust into the point of view of a video camera (lodged in a duffle bag), carried around to film attractive young women.
January 11, 2002 |
"Orange County" starts out deliriously funny but allows sentimentality to squeeze it to a pulp by the time it's over. It's the old Hollywood sellout, yet surely the people who laugh during its first half are prepared to go the distance with its deadpan take on the obtuse absurdities of human nature and upscale suburban life--especially one with such winning central performances by Colin Hanks and Schuyler Fisk.
January 9, 2002 |
"Hey, baby, it's your long lost-lover calling." Yeah, if only. Steven Tyler was quite excited when he called the other day, but then the rock star had good reason. Aerosmith just got four Grammy nominations (including best rock song, best rock album, best duo or group rock performance) for its album "Just Push Play" as well as one music video nomination.
August 8, 2006 |
FIVE YEARS AGO, this column would have been packed with David Hasselhoff jokes. But I got to know the man, and watching a nice guy fall apart isn't as funny to me as it is to the rest of you. So this column will only have an average amount of David Hasselhoff jokes.
April 15, 2014 |
The Coen brothers' 1996 comedy-noir masterpiece "Fargo" wasn't so much a movie as it was a cultural event - you remember where you were when you first saw it. That endless yet claustrophobic snow scape, the anxious narcissism of William H. Macy's scheming car salesman, the glory of Frances McDormand's pregnant police chief Marge. It blew out the wall between hilarity and horror to prove that both dwell in the same landscape. It showed that senseless violence was simply one more item on the spectrum of human behavior, alongside love and honor and courage.
January 14, 2002 |
Moviegoers weary of pre-Oscar seriousness escaped to "Orange County" over the weekend, but the teen comedy couldn't quite match the struggles of a hobbit and a mathematician at the box office. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was in first place for the fourth weekend in a row, grossing $16.2 million and pushing its total take to $228.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
March 10, 2001 |
"Get Over It" is a blithe-spirited comedy in which teenagers discover their romantic vicissitudes mirrored in their high school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It's being directed by their nasty drama teacher (Martin Short, hilarious), who has written 12 original songs for the production. "Bill Shakespeare was a wonderful poet, but Burt Bacharach he was not!" declares Short's Dr. Desmond Forrest Oakes, as grandiose as his name.
April 21, 2006 |
Just four years out of college, a group of friends gets back together for a "Big Chill"-style reunion weekend when two among the ranks tie the knot. Directed by Matthew Cole Weiss from a script by Matthew Perniciaro and Timm Sharp, "Standing Still" wants to be an honest, earnest look at the difficulties of growing up and moving on, but it remains stuck in such a fantasy-laden milieu that the characters never feel particularly real, and their problems seem phony and arbitrary.