July 3, 2013 |
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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June 29, 2013 |
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.
June 25, 2013 |
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.
March 14, 2013 |
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.
December 6, 2012 |
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.
November 2, 2012 |
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.