May 2, 2011 |
There ought to be a law stipulating that well-meaning relatives may not touch the manuscripts left by their loved ones. It traumatizes a book to have its ending Disneyfied, its time period altered by 100 years, its nouns and adjectives translated back and forth across time and languages. This was the circuitous journey that Jules Verne's last great opus, "The Secret of Wilhem Storitz," took before landing on our shores, where it has been revived and returned to its authentic form by Peter Schulman and the University of Nebraska Press.
June 10, 2009 |
Tony Curtis, the 1950s matinee idol who developed into an acclaimed actor in such classics as "Some Like It Hot," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "The Defiant Ones," was in a reflective mood recently. "I'm just a lucky guy," said Curtis over the phone from his home in Las Vegas. "I am having such a wonderful life." Perhaps it was his birthday on June 3 that sparked this mellow feeling. "I'm 84 years old and still kicking sand," he said with a laugh in his still-hearty Bronx-tinged accent.
March 11, 2009 |
Sunday afternoon, with 48 hours until the first-ever Top 13 sing here, the cavernous "American Idol" soundstage more closely resembled a demolition zone than the glitzy home of the nation's leading entertainment powerhouse. Next to the half-finished judges' table, a Hertz rental crane hoisted a cherry picker basket above the set for a technician to adjust some lights. Some 60 crew members moved about with unhurried focus, installing video monitors, placing a drum kit on the set's second-floor bandstand, testing the sound system and setting up platforms.
January 11, 2009 |
If anyone doubts the difficulty of creating a play with beyond-stratospheric ambitions, consider this: It took the U.S. space program a bit more than eight years to send a crew to the moon after President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to achieve that feat -- and it has taken nearly as long for L.A. director and playwright Nancy Keystone to bring "Apollo," her epic about spaceflight, to the launching pad for its first complete staging. The countdown ends Friday at Portland Center Stage in Oregon, when the fully realized "Apollo" will have its premiere.
July 6, 2008
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" Jules Verne This wonderful adventure is filled with eye-opening experiences. A great professor finds a book by an author whose books were supposedly all burned. It takes the professor and his nephew days to decode the ancient writings. The writings state that there is a way to journey to the center of the earth. The determined professor wants to go there in spite of his nephew's pleadings not to go. When they are underneath the ground they encounter many dangers.
April 4, 2008 |
A new European cargo ship flew up to the International Space Station and docked Thursday, delivering food, water and clothes in its orbital debut. The unmanned cargo ship, called Jules Verne, was operated by flight controllers at a European Space Agency center in Toulouse, France. NASA's Mission Control in Houston and Russia's control center outside Moscow kept close tabs on the operation, which culminated in the morning linkup more than 200 miles above the Atlantic.