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June 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Jon Favreau has emerged as the lead candidate to direct the planned movie version of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," according to a report this week in Variety. Favreau may seem like a strange choice for the job judging from his recent directorial efforts "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys and Aliens. " But Favreau's screenplay for the 1996 movie "Swingers" suggests he knows a thing or two about ambitious young men trying to make it in showbiz. "Jersey Boys" is reportedly being adapted for the screen by John Logan, the Tony-winning playwright ("Red")
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April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
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September 4, 2012
“You're from my neighborhood, you got three ways out,” Four Seasons founder Tommy DeVito's character tells the audience in “Jersey Boys.” “You could join the Army, you could get mobbed up, or you could become a star.” The hit musical tells the brutally honest story of how DeVito, frontman Frankie Valli, songwriter Bob Gaudio and bass player Nick Massi rose to the heights of pop stardom only to watch it all fall apart. But the show is ultimately a joyful celebration of the quartet's musical magic.
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March 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS -- By Thursday afternoon, exhibitors' eyes were beginning to glaze over after days of watching movie clips. But Warner Bros., the last studio to put on a presentation for movie theater owners at the annual conference, came prepared to wake them up. The studio flew more in more stars than any of its rivals, bringing big guns like Clint Eastwood and Channing Tatum onto the Colosseum stage. Some handled it better than others. Adam Sandler, no stranger to performing in front of a live audience, made jokes at the expense of his pregnant “Blended” co-star Drew Barrymore, pointing at her baby bump and asking “who did this” to the actress.
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August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The original Jersey Boy is coming to Broadway. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are set for a weeklong engagement at the Broadway Theatre in New York, from Oct. 19 to 27, in celebration of group's 50th anniversary. Valli is to perform many of his signature songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll. " He no longer performs with the original Four Seasons members but with a new group of backup singers under the same name. The original group's first album was released in 1962.
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November 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DES MOINES - President Obama got another chance to endear himself to apparently former critic GOP Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Flying on Air Force One after campaigning in the Midwest on Monday, Obama wrapped up a conversation about super storm Sandy recovery efforts by telling Christie he had someone who wanted to speak to him. “Governor, this is Bruce,” said the voice on the line. As in Bruce Springsteen. Christie is a die-hard fan, but the love has largely not been returned by the tried-and-true liberal Springsteen.
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November 8, 2005 | Diane Haithman
Variety theater critic David Rooney had this to say about "Jersey Boys," the new musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that opened Sunday at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre: "The book is clunky, the backstory is emotionally skeletal and the structure sticks to a generic 'VH1 Behind the Music' model."
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May 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
It's going to Vegas, baby. "Jersey Boys" is joining the migration of high-rolling Broadway blockbusters to Sin City. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the story of Frankie Valli and '60s pop group the Four Seasons, will take up residence in early 2008 at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, currently under construction.
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March 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS -- By Thursday afternoon, exhibitors' eyes were beginning to glaze over after days of watching movie clips. But Warner Bros., the last studio to put on a presentation for movie theater owners at the annual conference, came prepared to wake them up. The studio flew more in more stars than any of its rivals, bringing big guns like Clint Eastwood and Channing Tatum onto the Colosseum stage. Some handled it better than others. Adam Sandler, no stranger to performing in front of a live audience, made jokes at the expense of his pregnant “Blended” co-star Drew Barrymore, pointing at her baby bump and asking “who did this” to the actress.
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August 30, 2006 | Mike Boehm
A musical slot at the Ahmanson Theatre next spring will exchange a "Mountain" for a Valli without budging from the 1960s pop charts. Center Theatre Group announced Wednesday that a touring production of "Jersey Boys," the Broadway hit that won the Tony Award for best musical this year while tracing the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will arrive in May in place of the previously announced world premiere of Berry Gordy's Motown musical, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
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March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
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March 10, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 9-15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jaimie Alexander reprises her role as Lady Sif from the "Thor" films in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC Glee The kids head to L.A. to compete at nationals; NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Jackée Harry, "Pitch Perfect's" Skylar Astin and "prancerciser" Johanna Rohrback guest star.
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January 13, 2014 | By David Ng
The new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" and the national tour of the Cyndi Lauper musical "Kinky Boots" will be part of the Pantages Theatre's 2014-15 season, organizers announced on Monday.  The season will also include touring versions of the recent Broadway productions of "Pippin" and "Motown the Musical," as well as the return of perennial favorites "Jersey Boys" and "Wicked. " As previously announced , the national tour of Disney's "Newsies" will also be part of the season.
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December 7, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
These days it seems as though every time I turn around there's another installment of the Peter Pan story. Next stop for that flighty green-garbed spotlight-chaser: his own reality TV series, "The Real Lost Boys of Neverland," followed by a special edition of "Celebrity Rehab" for perennial pubescents. In the meantime, there's "Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Ahmanson Theatre to satisfy our co-dependent need for the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Try as I did to resist this touring Broadway production - story theater for adults about a character as overexposed as Kim Kardashian?
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December 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place. Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to buy an assortment of blouses, dresses, sweaters, pants and shoes to decorate the scene. "It's like a one-stop shop," Didul said. "It's really important for us to have stores like Playclothes. Their inventory is always changing, and I know I can get things I need the next day and that they will stay open for me if I have an emergency.
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August 28, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After the coffee. Before the New York Times comes back online.   The Skinny: Anyone reading "Gone Girl"? I'm apparently late to the psychopathic party. Another reading recommendation: A deep interview with  Paul DePodesta, of "Moneyball" fame, on the Nautilus website. Today's headlines including the continuing dispute between the WGA and Peacock Productions and the New York Times outage. Daily Dose: As of this writing, the New York Times' website is down.
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October 19, 2004 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
The vocal quartet the Four Seasons popped into the Top 40 in the early 1960s with the impossibly high, tight harmonies of "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man." But the group's longest-charting single followed much later with the nostalgia-drenched "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)."
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June 5, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
STANDING ovations are a dime a dozen in the theater these days, though not many shows can boast of setting one off midway through the second act. But then "Jersey Boys," the musical biography of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that opened at the Ahmanson on Sunday, has a secret weapon that makes it virtually impossible for those wild and crazy baby boomers to stay planted in their seats -- the group's seemingly endless string of compulsive hits.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Inside the North Hollywood prop house History for Hire, a technician clamps down a sheet of pearl finish plastic and cuts a strip to fasten around the wooden hoop of a Slingerland bass drum. Another worker is busy rebuilding a black Ludwig drum to precisely match the same set - right down to the manufacturer's keystone logo - used by the Four Seasons during a 1966 performance on the Ed Sullivan show. FOR THE RECORD: History for Hire: An article in the Aug. 28 Business section about North Hollywood prop house History for Hire included a photo caption that made a reference to the testing of Marshall amplifiers.
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August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Christopher Plummer will bring his one-man show "A Word or Two" to Los Angeles for a brief engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre next year. Center Theatre Group announced on Tuesday that Plummer is scheduled to perform 16 shows from Jan. 19 to Feb. 9. "A Word or Two"  ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada in 2012. The stage production tells the story of Plummer's lifelong fascination with the written and spoken word, and features the octogenarian actor reciting pieces by W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and many more.
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