December 5, 2013 |
The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "Jane Austen Unscripted. " The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $8, $12. (562) 944-9801. Blue Suede Christmas A pair of Elvis impersonators perform classic hits and seasonal favorites. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos.
September 30, 2013 |
Why has Helen Fielding killed off the best guy ever? That guy, of course, is Mark Darcy, created by Helen Fielding (with a big boost from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"). In Fielding's bestselling novel "Bridget Jones's Diary," sparks flew between Bridget and Darcy. They managed to get together, finally, at the end of that book; its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” ended with their engagement. And now Darcy is dead. That's the big news from excerpts of Fielding's new Bridget Jones novel, "Mad About the Boy" that appeared in the British Sunday Times Magazine this weekend. "Mad About the Boy" debuts in the U.S. in October, 14 years since Jones' last appearance.
September 24, 2013 |
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pop star in possession of strong pipes must be in want of historical literary bling. But Kelly Clarkson, one-time "American Idol" winner and apparent Jane Austen fan, won't be wearing Austen's gold and turquoise ring after all. Clarkson purchased the ring for more than $243,000 at auction last year, outbidding the Jane Austen House Museum. The purchase of the historical artifact was permitted with a caveat. Ed Vaizey, Britain's culture minister, placed the ring under a provisional export bar until Sept.
August 21, 2013 |
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
August 15, 2013 |
Keri Russell, she of "Felicity" and "Waitress" and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like "Austenland," she's in there, doing all she can to carbonate things. Against type, she plays the insecure thirtysomething Jane, an utter freak for all things Jane Austen. Her "I HEART MR. DARCY" T-shirt says it all. Rashly, she blows her live savings on a getaway English vacation with a difference: The resort she chooses, run by a fearsome witch played by Jane Seymour, is a Club Med for the frills-and-bonnets set, designed to ravish the senses and satisfy the literary fantasies of female Austen fans from all over, allowing the guests to dress the part.
August 13, 2013 |
Kelly Clarkson is quite the Jane Austen fan. The pop star owns a first-edition of Austen's "Persuasion," and recently purchased the author's ring at auction for five times the estimated price. But the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire doesn't want the relic to leave England and has launched a fund-raising campaign Friday to buy it. The English government put a temporary export ban on the sale through Sept. 30, a power it can use with items deemed national treasures, with hopes a British buyer would come forward.