October 17, 2013 |
With the exit of summer's CGI-woven fanboy epics, the Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger team-up "Escape Plan" arrives to conjure a time when sneering T-level cases grunted, punched and shot their way out of jams. Stallone, who's engineered plenty of movie-jail breakouts over his career, plays prison-security expert Ray Breslin. Ray plays convict and ingeniously exposes the flaws in your federal penitentiary with wadded-up paper and a milk carton's wax lining (plus a dozen other screenwriter-friendly circumstances)
October 14, 2013 |
BEIJING -- The Lakers still can't escape Dwight Howard even though they're 6,000 miles from home. Howard made an appearance here on behalf of Adidas this past summer, and many giant-size likenesses of him hover over an outdoor court next to MasterCard Arena, where the Lakers play Golden State in an exhibition game Tuesday. The slogan plastered on the images: "All in for Dwight. " And yes, one of the recreational players on the court in the accompanying photo wore Lakers purple and gold under the shots of Dwight in red and white.
October 13, 2013 |
Give any Arizona guidebook a glance, and a few dozen locales will be described as "a former copper mining town. " That's also true for Bisbee, nestled near the Mexican border in the state's southeast corner. But the similarities stop there. Bisbee boasts some of the best art galleries in the state, side by side with newly sprouted brewpubs and Zagat-rated restaurants offering Southwestern-influenced vegetarian food as well as gourmet pizza and pasta. Amid it all, Main Street's antique shops and galleries are surrounded with examples of Victorian architecture.
October 11, 2013 |
Randy Moore's “Escape From Tomorrow” was the underground hit of the Sundance Film Festival in January, in large part because he shot it without permission at Disney theme parks. But when the movie - which follows a married father of two (Roy Abramsohn) as he slowly comes undone on a Disney family vacation - - hits theaters and VOD this weekend courtesy of upstart distributor PDA, it will look somewhat different than the cut that screened in Utah. About 14 minutes different, in fact.
October 10, 2013 |
Join us at 11 a.m. PDT Thursday for a live chat about "Escape From Tomorrow," the independent movie filmed without Disney's authorization at the company's theme parks. Lead actor Roy Abramsohn will talk with Times film writer Mark Olsen about the movie, which is set to arrive in theaters and on video-on-demand on Friday. You can tweet us your questions using the hashtag #EscapeLAT. Reviewing the movie for The Times, Inkoo Kang described it as "a horror-laced fever dream in monochrome black and white.
October 10, 2013 |
Disney World can be a nightmare for many visitors, but it's rarely a sexual hell. Yet in "Escape From Tomorrow," that's the experience of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a grouchy father of two who spends his last day in Mickey's playground stalking a pair of Parisian jailbait. They titter and "ooh la la" to his predatory delight. But Jim later awakens to find himself in bed with a bug-eyed, evil-stepmother type (Alison Lees-Taylor). Worse than the idea of sleeping with an age-appropriate woman - he compares his own thirtysomething wife (Elena Schuber)
October 9, 2013 |
"Escape From Tomorrow," the unauthorized independent film that was shot guerrilla-style at Disney theme parks and made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January, arrives in movie theaters and on video on demand on Friday. Join us for a live chat online at 11 a.m. PDT on Thursday as L.A. Times film writer Mark Olsen talks to lead actor Roy Abramsohn about the production. Written and directed by first-timer Randy Moore, the surrealist, black-and-white movie centers on an alienated man (Abramsohn)
October 6, 2013 |
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
October 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The film-world provocateur John Sloss wants to catch your attention with the marketing images for his new release. He just might succeed: The movie's poster features Disney's cheery cursive script on a blazing yellow background under the words "Bad Things Happen Everywhere," accompanied by what appears to be Mickey Mouse's giant outstretched hand covered in blood. "We're not trying to taunt Disney," Sloss said, pointing to the giant placards resting in a corner. "But it would be foolish commerce to pretend that Disney isn't a big part of this movie.
October 3, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The barking from the head coach started early in the week. “Don't be average,” Jim Mora screamed at the players. “Did you come here to be average?” Mora's words echoed off walls near the Bruins' practice facility. They were ringing in ears Thursday in Utah. “There was nothing average about that one,” quarterback Brett Hundley said. The Bruins survived for a 34-27 victory over Utah in their Pac-12 opener at Rice-Eccles Stadium.