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March 25, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
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 | Betsy Sharkey
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.
December 10, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"All Good Things," a twisted mystery starring Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling, is a stretch. A better name might have been "A Few Good Things" or "How a rich kid became a cross-dressing murdering mute and got away with it. " The murders, that is. The cross-dressing bit he didn't even try to cover up. But back to the good thing about "All Good Things" ? that would be Kirsten Dunst, for if there is one thing this strange and creepy film does well it is remind us of just what a talented actress she is. Gosling is good too, but Dunst is "all good," beautifully nuanced as a young woman whose hopeful dreams turn dark and deadly.
September 19, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"Here's the thing about a great restaurant," chef Jack Bourdain (Bradley Cooper) tells us in the pilot for the new Fox comedy "Kitchen Confidential." "It's like great theater. It's our job to dazzle you, amuse you, delight you ... while keeping you totally ignorant of the Hiroshima going on backstage." Here's the thing about a show that's about a great restaurant where only bedlam reigns backstage: As a comedic idea, it feels so very familiar.
March 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
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?
"Brainscan" skillfully takes us into the mind of a bright, likable but diffident 16-year-old (Edward Furlong, always a fine actor). Several years earlier his mother was killed in a car accident that also left him with a slight limp, and his father is often away on business, leaving him alone much of the time in an expensive suburban home.
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