April 19, 1988 |
You can say this for Pia Zadora: She likes to work in a classy atmosphere. Her concert at the Celebrity Theatre of Anaheim on Sunday night was not exactly at the cutting edge of popular singing, but it did include some of the finest songs in the repertoire of American pop standards, accompanied by 30 or 40 of the best studio musicians in the world.
August 28, 1995 |
"The Amazing Panda Adventure" is a lively family entertainment in which two very capable young actors, Ryan Slater and Yi Ding, plus an irresistible panda cub, sustain pretty well some continuity glitches and credibility-straining moments. Its wilderness locations in China's Himalayan mountain highlands are also a real plus. (The film, which opened Friday, was not screened in advance for critics by Warner Bros.
August 30, 1990 |
Big jazz bands are a rare breed these days, sustained for the most part by the dedication of musicians willing to work free rehearsals and low-paying gigs. Groups like the Elliott-Ingram Band, which appeared at Catalina Bar & Grill Monday night with saxophonist Gary Foster as guest soloist, illustrate both the promises and the problems of this approach. The ensemble has been in existence for about 2 1/2 years, led by saxophonist Steve Elliott and trumpeter Roger Ingram.
June 25, 1993 |
The Scene: Wednesday's benefit premiere of TriStar's "Sleepless in Seattle" at the Cineplex Odeon theater. A sit-down dinner followed in the Century Plaza Hotel's Los Angeles Ballroom. The evening, which netted $2.5 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, was thought to be by far the most financially successful benefit premiere in history. "As far as I know it's the biggest," said honoree Edie Wasserman. "And I've been here since 1939."
November 15, 1987 |
No. 5, the lovable robot of "Short Circuit," helped push that film to a lovable $100 million in worldwide theatrical and ancillary revenues--surprisingly without merchandising tie-ins to the lovable movie. But the nuts-and-bolts humanoid, laboring in Toronto for producers Lawrence Turman and David Foster and director Kenneth Johnson in "Short Circuit II," appealed most strongly to the under-14 audience. So No. 5 is about to lose its merchandising innocence.
May 16, 1997 |
The new $4-million Beverly Hills Spago would seem the natural lair for the media moguls Ken Auletta has such a deft touch in making talk. What better place for a Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, Michael Eisner or John Malone to dine?
August 17, 2007 |
The unlikely friendship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and skid row musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers is set to become a motion picture at DreamWorks SKG starring Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx as the musician.
January 5, 2008 |
Stan Getz was both the subject and the honoree in the performance of Don Menza's septet Thursday night at Charlie O's in Van Nuys. And what better way to honor the jazz icon than with a Four Brothers-style saxophone section and rhythm, featuring three tenor saxophonists, each displaying differing aspects of his multifaceted playing?
February 5, 1988 |
There was an odd appropriateness to the fact that the Warne Marsh tribute at Donte's on Tuesday night took place, so to speak, in jazz time--that floating reality in which schedules, deadlines and appointments lose their significance. Marsh's music was like that. The tenor saxophonist, who died last year during a performance on the same stage, was a masterful manipulator of jazz rhythms.
December 6, 2005 |
The notes were in the right place Sunday night at Disney Hall. The music from Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady," rendered in a jazz version arranged more than 40 years ago by John Williams and conducted by him Sunday, was played with crisp precision by an all-star big band. The Steve Houghton Quintet, featuring trumpeter Carl Saunders and alto saxophonist Gary Foster, provided highflying jazz solos.