March 6, 2014 |
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling.
February 28, 2014 |
“Tartuffe” returns to A Noise Within's repertoire after 22 years, and it proves worth the wait. Molière's deathless assault on religious hypocrisy could hardly be more pertinent at present, which gives Julia Rodriguez-Elliott's elegantly quirky staging an extra soupçon of satirical thrust. And there's ample comic skewering afoot, from the opening group pavane to composer Robert Oriol's evocative faux-French music onward. Taking a light-handed approach to Richard Wilbur's venerable translation, Rodriguez-Elliott and her reliable design and acting forces run the gamut, from drollery to slapstick and back again.
February 22, 2014 |
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
February 20, 2014 |
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
December 12, 2013 |
The kids are definitely not all right in Spanish-born horror-meister Adrián García Bogliano's dreadfest, "Here Comes the Devil. " Set in a harshly lit Tijuana and dusted with the juju of a thousand possession flicks, it concerns a beachgoing family whose preteen son and daughter go missing after an exploratory walk to a rocky, ominous hillside. When they mysteriously show up again, the pair exhibit an eerie absence of personality. Convinced a creepy vagrant was involved, desperate parents Sol (Laura Caro)
November 28, 2013 |
Mike D'Antoni, coach of the year? Whoa. Settle down. Frank Vogel has the Indiana Pacers at a league-best 14-1 and Terry Stotts has Portland off to a surprising 13-3 start. Plus, there's always good ol' standby Gregg Popovich, who has everybody wondering how San Antonio is so good year after year (13-2 so far). But the Lakers are 8-8 with Kobe Bryant playing zero games and Steve Nash playing only six games with teeny-tiny averages (6.7 points, 4.8 assists). The players are happy too. It's not as if they are scoring a ton of points, tied for 14th in the NBA at 100.3 a game, and they certainly are not stopping many people defensively (25th, 102.3 points)