August 31, 2007
His new spy thriller, "Lust, Caution," has received the most restrictive "NC-17" rating, but Oscar-winning director Ang Lee says he hopes the movie will change the public perception that the category is reserved for pornography. "In the past, NC-17 movies were equated with pornographic movies. Most movie theaters don't show them," Lee said after arriving to attend the Venice Film Festival, where "Lust, Caution" is competing for the top Golden Lion prize. "We hope to send the message in the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2000
When I read your Sept. 9 article about the renovation of Montecito's Miramar Hotel, I recalled the summer of 1945, when I stayed there for 10 days while recuperating from the Battle of the Bulge in Europe, 1944-45, the German prisoner-of-war camp near Hanover, Germany, and the miserable conditions of the prison camp. What a great hotel--midnight snacks, buffet-type dining tables, stocked refrigerators, swimming pool, ocean beaches, nearby Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. I had been a member of the American 106th Golden Lion Infantry Division in Europe.
September 8, 1997
Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi," a Japanese film of life, death and violence, won the coveted Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival Saturday. The film, with very little dialogue, tells the story of a detective, played by Kitano, and the problems that start when he visits his wife in the hospital instead of accompanying his partner and friend on a stakeout.
May 25, 2005 |
Conceptual artist Barbara Kruger will receive this year's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 51st annual Venice Biennale. On display during the international exhibition, which opens June 12 and runs through November, will be Kruger's large-scale installation "Untitled (Facade)," which will cover a wall of the Italian Pavilion with Kruger's trademark combination of slogans, text and images, in this case using the colors of the Italian flag.
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June 25, 1990 |
A previously unknown species of monkey with a lion-like head and a striking gold and black coat has been found on the island of Superagui, south of the city of Sao Paulo, in one of Brazil's most populous regions, researchers reported last week. The black-faced lion tamarin, as the new monkey is called, is a golden squirrel-sized monkey with black face, forearms and tail. It is only the fourth species of lion tamarin known.
November 10, 2011
Spin the reels back for a look at some of the winners from this year's key festivals: SUNDANCE Grand Jury Prize, dramatic: "Like Crazy," directed by Drake Doremus Audience Award, U.S. dramatic: "Circumstance," directed by Maryam Keshavarz Audience Award, documentary: "Buck," directed by Cindy Meehl CANNES Palme d'Or: "Tree of Life," directed by Terrence Malick Grand Prix: "Once Upon a...
September 24, 2008 |
Here's a feat of artistic alchemy: UCLA architecture professor Greg Lynn has turned yellow plastic toy ducks into a Golden Lion -- which is what they call the awards handed out at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Applying computer design technology and advanced fabrication techniques to the ducks and other colorful playthings, Lynn created "Recycled Toys Furniture," a series of sculpture-like pieces that won for best installation project. The theme of this year's Venice show was "Out There: Architecture Beyond Building," meaning work applying architectural principles to creations other than buildings.
September 11, 2000 |
An Iranian film about the tough life women face in that Islamic country took the top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. "The Circle" (Dayereh), which won the Golden Lion award, was a popular favorite after it was screened at the festival, which began Aug. 30. It is 40-year-old director Jafar Panahi's third feature film. His 1995 "The White Balloon" (Badkonake Sefid) and 1997 "The Mirror" (Ayneh) have won several international awards.
July 26, 2012 |
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
January 9, 2013 |
Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas has been tapped to curate one of architecture's most high-profile events -- the Venice Architecture Biennale. Koolhaas will curate the 2014 edition of the Biennale, taking over from British architect David Chipperfield, who directed this year's edition. Koolhaas' appointment was announced Tuesday by the Biennale's board of directors. Koolhaas heads the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, one of the most prominent architecture firms in the world.