April 28, 2013 |
BERLIN - In a hotel in the embassy-heavy streets in the city's center, Lang Lang sits on a bright red couch, a modestly daring complement to the room's elaborate Bauhaus paneling. He has just come from a conference in Cannes where he gave a speech to the who's who of the music biz about classical music, social media and building music schools in China. The window is open and outside, a woman shouts enthusiastically into a megaphone. Her acolytes answer her calls with equal vim. Inside the normally happy-go-lucky, 30-year-old pianist is doing some protesting of his own. When he plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall in May, it will be Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece second perhaps only to Grieg in the most-played concerto table.
April 22, 2013 |
When I heard that a national law to ban loud TV commercials had taken force in December, I was skeptical. Why did we need a Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM), I wondered, when more urgent issues demanded action? There were nations to invade, marriages to prohibit, guns to enshrine. Loud commercials were just an itch - to scratch it would be like trying to pay the mortgage and replace a burned-out light bulb. If we can ignore global warming, we can ignore loud commercials.
April 16, 2013 |
Over the years, the brash young kid has become a respectful student of history, even a teacher. On a recent day in Arizona, while most of his teammates were watching the Masters in the visiting clubhouse, Matt Kemp sat by himself in an adjacent room taking in a documentary about Jackie Robinson . "As I get older, I want to learn more," Kemp said. "Growing up, I knew about Jackie Robinson, but I didn't know about the significance of it the way I do now. " Kemp spoke at length Monday about Robinson's impact before the Dodgers celebrated Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.
April 11, 2013 |
Movie directors can come across as all sorts of personalities - arrogant, collegial, mercurial, dictatorial. Filmmaker Henry-Alex Rubin arrived on the set of "Disconnect" , his first narrative feature, striking an unusual pose: clueless. "I have no idea how to direct a movie," said Rubin, 39, a prize-winning commercial director who made (with Dana Adam Shapiro) the Oscar-nominated 2005 documentary "Murderball," which chronicled the grueling sport of wheelchair rugby. "I know how to make commercials and direct documentaries.
April 6, 2013 |
After seven weeks of negotiations, SAG-AFTRA and a group representing advertisers said they reached a deal on new contracts covering actors and other performers who work in television and radio commercials. But neither group wanted to broadcast the details of the deal. SAG-AFTRA, which has more than 165,000 members, and the Joint Policy Committee representing the advertising industry said Saturday morning they reached an agreement on new tentative contracts, which is subject to approval by the SAG-AFTRA national board later this month.
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April 4, 2013 |
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
March 29, 2013 |
Even television viewers accustomed to ad-skipping have doubtless caught the latest Target commercial promoting Justin Timberlake's third album, "The 20/20 Experience. " A new online video takes viewers behind the scenes, showing the candid -- by that we mean, excited to the point of tears -- reactions of the 20 JT fans drafted to perform his newly released single "Mirrors. " The amateur performers thought they were on stage to sing the song, but had no idea they would meet the pop music icon.
March 24, 2013 |
TAGHAR, Afghanistan - In a rugged valley outside Kabul, where mud-walled villages blend into bare scrubland, a team of international mining experts and Afghan trainees set up camp over the winter to probe the region's mineral resources. Protected by armed guards, they spent three months drilling test holes into the snowcapped peaks, as curious goat- and sheepherders looked on. "We hit copper damn near everywhere," said Robert Miller, a Colorado-based mining executive recruited by the Pentagon to help advise Afghan authorities on how to develop the country's natural resources.
March 19, 2013 |
Commercial-music licensing is a booming business, as advertisers, filmmakers, TV producers and others use pop songs to gloss their products. Recent ad spots include Texas blues star Gary Clark Jr.'s soulful number "Next Door Neighbor Blues" as the soundtrack to a recent J.C. Penney Co. swimwear ad, British folk singer Jake Bugg's "Lightning Bolt" selling Gatorade, and Seattle's breakout hip-hop team Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" hawking...
March 13, 2013 |
Kmart may have jumped the shark in a recent commercial shoot in Van Nuys. A 5-foot-long white-tipped shark died March 6 after being shipped from New York to Los Angeles and placed in an above-ground pool in a Van Nuys backyard for a commercial for Kmart, according to a letter sent to the American Humane Assn. The shark was injected with adrenaline and received oxygen from a trainer after it showed signs of stress. It was later removed from the pool and transported to Long Beach to be examined by a specialist, but the shark died that afternoon, the complaint said.