March 1, 2013 |
Most likely you've never heard of Walter L. Shaw. But it's just as likely that his inventions have been a regular part of your life. Here are a few things Shaw invented: Call forwarding. Conference calling. Touch-tone dialing. The answering machine. A burglar alarm that calls the police. The White House "red phone" that provided an emergency link between Washington and Moscow. OK, so you haven't used the last one. But still, it's an impressive list of stuff conceived by a man awarded 39 patents who eventually died penniless and relatively unknown. Opening Friday is "Genius on Hold," a documentary that tells the story of Shaw that might be remarkable even if you didn't know it was made by his son, Walter Shaw Jr., one of the world's most notorious jewel thieves. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Hyberbole?
March 25, 1989 |
Easter Sunday brings the annual lineup of holiday festivities to television. The live broadcast of "Easter Sunrise Service" from the Hollywood Bowl begins on Channel 9 at 5:15 a.m. Pope John Paul II celebrates "Easter in Rome" at 10 a.m. on Channels 4 and 39. This NBC news special chronicles all of the religious observances of this past week at the Vatican, including Easter Mass from St. Peter's Square. Channel 7 will broadcast an Easter celebration of a different kind Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
January 1, 2009 |
There are many reasons to see "Frost/Nixon" including extraordinary performances, but I'll offer just one that stays with me. It's extremely satisfying to watch a film in which nothing is wasted, no moment is trivial, each line spoken leads you to something more. And "Frost/Nixon" is exactly that -- a study in making the large or the small count. Consider the shoes.
April 30, 1998
Art "Lewis Morley: The Sixties," the first major American exhibition of the British Australian photographer's work, ends at the Gallery Luisotti. Portraits of Christine Keeler, David Frost and Twiggy are included. 2525 Michigan Ave., A-2, Santa Monica. Today-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (310) 453-0043. Theater Frank Langella is the obsessed patriarch in August Strindberg's "The Father," which ends at the Geffen Playhouse on Sunday. Today, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 4 and 8:30 p.m.
July 25, 2013 |
Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece "The Time Being" is truly like watching paint dry. This airless tale of struggling artist Daniel (Wes Bentley), who submits to a humiliating series of work assignments by a dying, mysterious recluse named Warner (Frank Langella), attempts to plumb the emotional depths of this pair of tortured souls yet never sufficiently makes us care about either. Director Nenad Cicin-Sain, who co-wrote with veteran producer Richard N. Gladstein, takes a style over substance approach, filling his frames with an abundance of gorgeously lit and composed images (kudos to cinematographer Mihai Malaimare)
January 20, 1995 |
Now that the Cold War is over, expect an ever-increasing lava flow of movies about renegade/free-lance/disgruntled ex- or ex-ex-CIA agents. These folks have to do something to keep active--at least until the next Hot War cools--and, if "Bad Company" is any indicator, that activity involves mucho industrial espionage. This makes sense: Corporate in-fighting has always been blood sport anyway, so why not hire your very own private cadre of crooks to tip the balance?