December 15, 2011 |
Even before filming was finished, more than a few Hollywood wags and insiders were saying that Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" had the look of a thoroughbred in the annual Hollywood derby known as Oscar season. Spielberg's films had certainly racked up Academy Award nominations in the past when he ventured into wartime epics ("Schindler's List," "Saving Private Ryan"), bookshelf adaptations ("The Color Purple," "Jaws") or an evocative tale of youth and friendship ("E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial")
February 7, 2010
It's about time we got to talk about: Fantasia It's been almost six years since she won "American Idol," and for whatever unjust reason, the 25-year-old single mom hasn't blown up like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. With any luck that will change. She's got an album planned for spring, her VH1 series "Fantasia for Real" is super addicting -- anyone want to help me shake her family hard? -- and starting this week, Angelenos can see her as abused heroine Celie in Oprah Winfrey's stage musical "The Color Purple" at the Pantages.
January 26, 2010 |
After his pounding by the New Orleans Saints, Brett Favre might be sporting as much purple today as he did Sunday. . . . As Deion Sanders of the NFL Network said of Favre's postgame appearance, "He looks like a [ Floyd ] Mayweather opponent." . . . At least he was on his feet. . . . Favre enjoyed perhaps his greatest season at 40 because he avoided the type of unnecessary risk that doomed the Minnesota Vikings against the Saints. . . . Old habits die hard.
January 10, 2010 |
You'd be hard-pressed to find an artist who lives her life more openly than Fantasia Barrino. In the six years since she became the third "American Idol," Fantasia -- who, like Bjork or Madonna, needs no last name -- has published a bestselling memoir, starred in a top-rated Lifetime movie about her life, and now has invited cameras into her house for a VH1 docu-series, "Fantasia for Real," which premieres Monday. The way she sees it, her life is a "testimony," a way to help others even when it means sharing deeply personal and painful aspects of her life, such as her functional illiteracy or that she was raped at 14. But this time, when the 25-year-old single mother, who won America over with her rendition of on the "Idol" stage, opens her doors to public scrutiny again, Fantasia hopes to help herself most of all. The last couple of years haven't been kind.
March 31, 2008 |
A repeat of its popular "Fall for Dance" festival and a dance gala featuring a dozen ballet stars, including Diana Vishneva, Angel Corella and Alina Cojocaru, will highlight the 2008-09 season at the Orange County Performing Artscenter. The second "Fall for Dance" festival, showcasing an eclectic, as yet unannounced lineup of companies, will run Oct. 2-5.
December 18, 2007 |
"The Color Purple," Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel, is all about liberating black female voices from the shackles of racial and gender oppression. And the good news about the otherwise forgettable touring Broadway musical version, which opened Sunday at the Ahmanson Theatre, is that it provides an opportunity for the gospel recording artist Jeannette Bayardelle to showcase her sumptuous, tidal-wave vocals as Celie.