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October 13, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
It's been a long time since they rock 'n' rolled -- almost five years, to be exact. And if the men of Led Zeppelin have anything to say about it, the English band's one-off reunion show in December of 2007 might be their last. Speaking to the news media this week in New York after a screening of a new Led Zeppelin concert film, guitarist Jimmy Page effectively quashed fans' hopes for additional shows, according to an item at Entertainment Weekly. "It's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page reportedly said.
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September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
There are all sorts of great rock 'n' roll movies: straight concert docs ("The Last Waltz," "Gimme Shelter"), road sagas ("Don't Look Back," "Dig!") and fictional films ("A Hard Day's Night," "Quadrophenia"). So what is this weird beast "Metallica Through the Never"? It's two-thirds orthodox concert flick, one-third wordless sci-fi fright show. For America's biggest metal band, it's an ambitious but garbled attempt to stir up new evil. Director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators")
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June 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Jonas Brothers did one. Hannah Montana did one. And now the cheeky lads of One Direction are doing one: a 3-D concert film in which the teen-pop superstars show us who they really are (or at least sing some songs while wearing flashy costumes). "1D: This Is Us" is due in theaters on Aug. 30, but to whet our appetites One Direction posted a trailer online Tuesday, which you can watch below. What have we already learned? TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts That Harry Styles knew as a kid he wanted to entertain people.
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July 7, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Kevin Hart won't have any explaining to do to Lionsgate now that his stand-up comedy movie is a box-office hit. The comedian's “Let Me Explain” debuted in 876 theaters at 10 p.m. Tuesday and went on to gross $17.5 million by Sunday evening, according to an estimate from the studio. That's an exceptional start for a movie in so few theaters that cost just $2.5 million to produce -- money which Hart put up himself. To put things in perspective, just look at the film's per-theater average: $11,530.
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September 21, 2004 | Geoff Boucher
The Fugees, the trio that released only two studio albums but became a signature influence on hip-hop and neo-soul music, reunited over the weekend for a New York performance that also featured many younger stars influenced by their sound. The collective of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras played a show in Brooklyn on Saturday that was filmed for a concert documentary that is being aimed at theatrical release next year. Other performers included Kayne West, Jill Scott, Mos Def and the Roots.
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September 15, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There could be dancing in the aisles tonight at the Nuart when Andy Garcia's "Cachao" premieres as part of the L.A. Festival--and stays on for a weeklong engagement. That's because it's a celebration of legendary Cuban bassist and composer Israel Lopez Cachao, inventor of the mambo and exiled maestro of Afro-Cuban music. It's hard to sit still for nearly two hours while Cachao and his colleagues, many as celebrated as he, play one infectious number after the other.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2012 | Randy Lewis
"Neil Young Journeys," the new concert film reuniting the idiosyncratic Canadian rocker and director Jonathan Demme, raises the notion of "spitting distance" to a whole new level. While filming Young in concert last year at Massey Hall in Toronto, Demme employed microphone-mounted cameras to capture the performance from unusual angles, including close-ups of Young's mouth. In the middle of the song "Hitchhiker," which traces the musician's life story from his early years in Canada through rock stardom in the U.S., saliva lands directly on the camera lens.
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July 3, 2013 | By Robert Abele
There's a heavy dose of pumping up before Kevin Hart hits the stage in his latest concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. " A prologue at a party shows the compact, energetic comedian being misunderstood by hangers-on about his take on women and fame - introducing topics he plans to "explain" onstage at Madison Square Garden. That's followed by an extended tour video hawking Hart as an international star who can slay 'em in Vancouver, London and Oslo. The build-up is a little baffling, if we assume that anybody buying a ticket to "Let Me Explain" doesn't need to be sold on Hart's particular comic gifts: character sketches, crazy stories steeped in embarrassment and boundless physicality.
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July 4, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the glittery new 3-D concert film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," the pop star asks with sweet conviction, "How could you ever be too cartoony?" On one level, the movie's answer is that you can't - and lots of rock star highs, Russell Brand lows and a whole lot of bubbly music fill up this frothy bit of show and tell. (It's delivered through special bubble-gum pink and cotton-candy blue 3-D glasses, to boot.) But directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have gotten past the cartoonish veneer to discover there is more to Perry than meets the eye. "Part of Me" does a solid job of filling in the good stuff, though if there is any dirt to be uncovered, you won't find it here.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
There are all sorts of great rock 'n' roll movies: straight concert docs ("The Last Waltz," "Gimme Shelter"), road sagas ("Don't Look Back," "Dig!") and fictional films ("A Hard Day's Night," "Quadrophenia"). So what is this weird beast "Metallica Through the Never"? It's two-thirds orthodox concert flick, one-third wordless sci-fi fright show. For America's biggest metal band, it's an ambitious but garbled attempt to stir up new evil. Director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators")
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Robert Abele
There's a heavy dose of pumping up before Kevin Hart hits the stage in his latest concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. " A prologue at a party shows the compact, energetic comedian being misunderstood by hangers-on about his take on women and fame - introducing topics he plans to "explain" onstage at Madison Square Garden. That's followed by an extended tour video hawking Hart as an international star who can slay 'em in Vancouver, London and Oslo. The build-up is a little baffling, if we assume that anybody buying a ticket to "Let Me Explain" doesn't need to be sold on Hart's particular comic gifts: character sketches, crazy stories steeped in embarrassment and boundless physicality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Martha Groves
In the summer of 1958, Santa Monica inaugurated its dazzling concrete, glass and steel Civic Auditorium, an emblem of the mid-century modern International Style then popular throughout the world. Two blocks from the ocean, the Civic played host to the Academy Awards through much of the 1960s. Comedians Bill Cosby and Bob Hope performed there, and the exiled Dalai Lama led a "Wheel of Time" initiation ceremony for thousands of Buddhists in 1989. The 3,000-seat venue became a musical mecca for artists as varied as Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, the Village People, Dave Brubeck, Laura Nyro, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince and Bob Dylan.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Jonas Brothers did one. Hannah Montana did one. And now the cheeky lads of One Direction are doing one: a 3-D concert film in which the teen-pop superstars show us who they really are (or at least sing some songs while wearing flashy costumes). "1D: This Is Us" is due in theaters on Aug. 30, but to whet our appetites One Direction posted a trailer online Tuesday, which you can watch below. What have we already learned? TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts That Harry Styles knew as a kid he wanted to entertain people.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Susan King
An early film by Robert Atman, a sneak preview of Al Pacino as Phil Spector and a Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" picture double bill are among the highlights this weekend. The UCLA Film & Television Archive's Festival of Preservation offers a rare screening of Altman's 1969 drama "That Cold Day in the Park" Saturday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater. Sandy Dennis and Michael Burns star in this film, which was dismissed by both critics and audiences when released. The follow year, Altman hit big with "MASH.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The Academy Awards haven't been kind to songs of late. The last few years, the category has been treated as an after-thought, with either one film dominating the slate of nominees or voters struggling to find five songs worthy of contention. After the nadir that was 2012, when only two songs were recognized, the academy has promised change. Five songs will be nominated for the upcoming awards, and once again the rarely showcased art of cinematic songwriting will be handled with grown-up respect.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Coldplay will issue its first concert film/live album in nine years, the band announced Friday. “Live 2012” will arrive Nov. 19 on CD/DVD, and the release is taken from the band's acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, which concludes in Australia at the end of the month. The set also includes footage from shows at Paris' Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre and last year's headlining performance at Glastonbury Festival. Before hitting stores, the film will have a one-off run in theaters at special screenings on Nov. 13. EMI/Parlophone and Arts Alliance Media teamed up with Screenvision to distribute the film to U.S. cinemas.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Kevin Hart won't have any explaining to do to Lionsgate now that his stand-up comedy movie is a box-office hit. The comedian's “Let Me Explain” debuted in 876 theaters at 10 p.m. Tuesday and went on to gross $17.5 million by Sunday evening, according to an estimate from the studio. That's an exceptional start for a movie in so few theaters that cost just $2.5 million to produce -- money which Hart put up himself. To put things in perspective, just look at the film's per-theater average: $11,530.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
It's been a long time since they rock 'n' rolled -- almost five years, to be exact. And if the men of Led Zeppelin have anything to say about it, the English band's one-off reunion show in December of 2007 might be their last. Speaking to the news media this week in New York after a screening of a new Led Zeppelin concert film, guitarist Jimmy Page effectively quashed fans' hopes for additional shows, according to an item at Entertainment Weekly. "It's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page reportedly said.
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