December 19, 2012 |
Andrew Adamson is no stranger to fantasy worlds. In his previous films, the New Zealand-born writer-director brought an ill-tempered green ogre to life ("Shrek" and "Shrek 2") and ventured into C.S. Lewis' parallel universe of Narnia, a land occupied by talking animals, magical creatures and an evil witch (the first two "The Chronicles of Narnia" movies). Adamson returns to the realm of the fantastic with "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away," opening Friday, a film that captures eye-popping acts from seven of the troupe's Las Vegas live shows in vivid 3-D and weaves them together with a simple, fairy-tale-like romance.
August 31, 2008 |
AFTER midnight on a recent Tuesday, a crowd has gathered behind velvet ropes in front of the Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip, as if waiting for the Hilton sisters to arrive. Instead, they're watching a flatbed truck with a huge piece of jagged, round steel that looks like a postmodern sculpture. Slowly, workers arrange two conveyors to lift the heavily wrapped, padded and Styrofoam-protected steel, taking their instructions from Alison Worrell, project director of Premier Exhibitions, whose construction helmet stands out by virtue of being pink.
August 12, 2010
'Suburbs' edges Eminem The Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts Wednesday. In its first week of release, the latest from the Canadian orchestral pop outfit sold 156,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, narrowly edging out Eminem's "Recovery," at No. 2 with 152,000 copies sold. It is the first No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart for Merge Records, founded in the late '80s by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan of indie band Superchunk.
December 21, 2008 |
Like a bad omen, January put Vegas in the national news for all the wrong reasons with a fire at the Monte Carlo. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt, but it was a portent for a scary year, a year marked by record-breaking plunges in tourist volume, the bankruptcy of the Tropicana and many other resort companies reeling from the fallout from a national recession. This was actually surprising to many who believed Las Vegas, as conventional folk wisdom put it, was recession-proof.
November 3, 2008 |
If Criss Angel were blindfolded, straitjacketed, run over by a steamroller, locked in a steel box and dumped from a helicopter into the Pacific Ocean, he still might be easier to salvage from disaster than "Criss Angel: Believe," the gloomy, gothic muddle of a show that officially lurched into being on Halloween night like some patched-together Frankenstein's monster.
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August 4, 2009 |
Before the Cirque du Soleil performers pranced onto the outdoor stage in the sweltering heat Sunday, bushels of ice cubes were flung across the wooden floor to cool the surface for the hands and feet of dancers. A crowd of hundreds, hot but patiently watching at the Grove shopping center, cheered as if this safety step was part of the show. Onstage, Sebastien Coin, encased in a yellow striped unitard, balanced his body horizontally on one hand and languidly eyed his rapt audience.