March 1, 2013 |
The midweek traffic along the 101 Freeway is sluggish this afternoon, but that's nothing compared to two cars along this route that have been stalled for years. The vehicles, bright pink and yellow, are part of artist Frank Romero's mural, "Going to the Olympics," which he painted on the freeway wall in 1984. It was one of 10 murals commissioned that year for the Olympic Arts Festival to commemorate L.A.'s hosting the Games. After years of being heavily tagged with graffiti, however, most of the murals were painted over by CalTrans starting in 2007 to protect them, leaving them in hibernation until funds were available for restoration.
February 19, 2013 |
After a screening of "Zero Dark Thirty" for Sony Pictures executives in September, studio co-chair Amy Pascal gathered the filmmakers in her office on the Culver City lot and uncorked bottles of Champagne. Elation and confidence filled the air, recalled William Goldenberg, an editor on the film who was there to share a toast with a group that included director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal, financier Megan Ellison and line producer Colin Wilson. "The [executives] were really high on the movie," Goldenberg said.
February 8, 2013 |
“What's in a name,” quoth the Bard of Avon in “Romeo and Juliet.” In the offices of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the deep South's flagship theater companies, marketing director Meg Lewis has been trying to brainstorm over that very question. On Sunday, a bluesy young rock band fronted by a woman who reminds a lot of listeners of Janis Joplin has a shot at Grammy Awards for best new artist and best rock performance, and the art director for its debut album is a contender for the award for best recording package design.
January 31, 2013 |
It was the only French film of the 1930s, Simone de Beauvoir reported, that she and Jean-Paul Sartre jointly admired, largely for "the fog of despair enveloping the entire film. " Yet it was banned by the Vichy government on moral grounds, accused of contributing to a national malaise that led to the German occupation and condemned by a French Catholic organization for telling "a profoundly demoralizing, somber story. " It's "Port of Shadows," one of the treasures of French cinema now newly restored to its original glory.
January 28, 2013 |
- There were a few pages still to be turned Monday in the book titled, "Here Comes Tiger Woods Again. " After an intense and gutty Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, that book now seems publishable. Hot off the presses and coming soon. The final chapter, of course, cannot be completed until Woods wins another major title. His next would be his 15th and would put him back in shape to get to Jack Nicklaus' record 18. He won three titles on the PGA Tour last year, which most golf fans took as an obvious lead-in to 2013 as the year of a return to normalcy in pro golf.
January 22, 2013 |
LA JOLLA - For Tiger Woods, the memories rush back in memorable and monumental torrents … of knee pain. His 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines remains the last, heroic, gut-it-out, pre-scandal visage of Tiger before his name brand was irrevocably altered by tabloids and time. No matter what you thought of Woods five years ago, this coming June, you could not deny him his due over a five-day stretch. His accomplishment remains among the most extraordinary feats in sport.
January 7, 2013 |
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - On a night they summoned memories of the Four Horsemen, they were delivered only the Apocalypse. Instead of winning one for the Gipper, they lost one for the ages. On a night when myth and magic were punched in the face by McCarron and Lacy, Notre Dame's return to glory became a return to gory after a 42-14 beating by Alabama in the BCS championship game. It was a sweet story until it started. It was a nice idea until the Irish attempted it. The thousands of clover-clad fans who descended upon Sun Life Stadium to witness the ending of a 24-year championship wait by America's most traditional college football program were thrilled until they actually took their seats.
December 24, 2012 |
The people who put "Les Misérables" on screen dreamed a mighty dream, they really did. They dreamed of filming one of the most popular of modern theatrical musicals - 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries and 21 languages since its 1980 Paris debut - in a way that had not been done before, enhancing the emotion of what was already a hugely emotional piece. And, despite some built-in obstacles, they succeeded to a surprising extent. The biggest obstacle to their success, paradoxically, was the show itself, a whopper of a tale wrestled from Victor Hugo's massive novel.
December 19, 2012
"O Holy Night," 1847, by Adolphe Adam This is John Sullivan Dwight's translation from 1855. He was a Unitarian minister and a schoolmaster at the Brook Farm commune who went on to become America's first influential music critic. That might be one reason the song is much more popular in the United States than in Europe. O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
December 16, 2012 |
Shakespeare throws caution to the wind in "Cymbeline," a late romance so fantastically convoluted that the characters themselves can't help expressing disbelief at what occurs. The plot, a stuffed sausage of Shakespearean story lines, positively defies summary. Contemporary directors of an adventurous bent have been drawn to Shakespeare's self-parodying frolic, in which anything can happen and just about does. The dead rise, a head gets lopped off, a father and his children are miraculously reunited and lovers overcome the terrible obstacles thrust in their way, to make the "gift/ the more delayed, delighted.