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.
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.
January 14, 2014 |
"Fargo" is coming back as a TV series. But viewers shouldn't confuse the FX series with the Oscar-winning 1996 film from Ethan and Joel Coen. The new series will be a limited drama series inspired by the film that will feature an all-new true crime story with new characters established in the trademark humor, dialect, murder and "Minnesota nice" of the original film. The 10-part series will premiere April 15. The character of Marge Gunderson, the pregnant law enforcement officer played by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning performance, will not be a part of the new series. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Key to the new "Fargo" will be the feel of the Minnesota region, where people "have an inability to communicate," said Noah Hawley, executive producer and writer of all the episodes.
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.
July 19, 2009 |
Watchmen Warner, $28.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Zack Snyder's big-screen version of Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel "Watchmen" gets the broad strokes right, telling a sexy, blood-spattered story about a band of discredited heroes who reunite to solve the murder of one of their own. But despite some stunning visual effects and a few bravura sequences, the "Watchmen" movie comes off a little flat.