November 1, 2009 |
Nostalgia was a driving force behind Betty Thomas' desire to direct the family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," opening Christmas Day. Thomas has fond memories of the Chipmunks album, "Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks." "I'm pretty sure it was my first album," says the 61-year-old Emmy-winning Thomas, who also directed "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "Private Parts." "I thought it was the coolest thing. It was my entry into the music world. That is one reason I would have wanted to do this movie."
October 8, 2012 |
The Los Angeles premiere of "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz is to feature Jeannie Berlin, JoBeth Williams and Robin Weigert. The actors are joining the previously announced Justin Long and Robert Foxworth in the comedy about a wealthy family living in Palm Springs. "Other Desert Cities" -- which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama -- is scheduled to open Dec. 9 at the Mark Taper Forum. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 and transferred to Broadway the same year with a cast that included Stockard Channing, Judith Light, Stacy Keach and Rachel Griffiths.
August 30, 2012 |
A meek, mild-mannered movie about phone sex, "For a Good Time, Call…" offers a scattershot take on the recent trend of female-centric comedies. It's a showcase for writing that doesn't dazzle and a story of self-discovery that reveals no new insights. Written by real-life friends Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Anne Miller, the film stars Miller as a young woman named Lauren who is knocked off-course when her boyfriend breaks up with her because he finds her boring. She begrudgingly moves in with Katie (Ari Graynor)
August 24, 2013 |
To attend the preview party for the $28.2-million Hollywood Hills compound flipped by actor-turned-developer Brad Blumenthal and his business partner Leo Hauser this summer you needed that valuable Tinseltown commodity: an invitation. Think movie previews and red-carpet events. Nothing draws interest quite like exclusivity in this town. Here's my insider experience: Turning onto a side street off Sunset Strip I left my car with the valet service and was greeted by about a half-dozen young men in suits with matching iPads bearing the name “The Agency.” One of these real estate agents, whose company is marketing the estate for sale, checked me off the guest list, and I moved to the driveway where a trio of Lamborghinis from a local dealer caught the eyes of passersby.
December 23, 2009 |
In the years since an aspiring small-time actor named Ross Bagdasarian bought a variable-speed tape recorder and sang "The Chipmunk Song" into its embedded microphone in 1958, his mischief-making rodents have sold 47 million copies of their 31 albums and amassed a worldwide fan base. In fact, though "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" only opened in theaters today, the soundtrack to the sequel to 2007's breakout animated hit is already a bona fide success. Released on Rhino Records Dec. 1 and featuring hits by the Kinks, Katy Perry and Beyoncé, the album sold 77,000 copies in its first two weeks of release, compared with just 7,000 for the first two weeks of sales for the 2007 film's soundtrack, which went on to move more than 1 million copies.
December 19, 2013 |
The new 3-D nature tale "Walking With Dinosaurs" is nothing like its predecessors. I don't mean the creatures of the Jurassic Period, which came before the Cretaceous Period that is the movie's staging ground. Not the "Jurassic Park" period either, when that great paleontologist Steven Spielberg introduced rampaging dinosaurs to a new generation. No, I'm referring to the late 20th century when "Walking With Dinosaurs" roamed the BBC's airwaves as an excellent TV natural history series narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
February 4, 2008 |
No one can say "Strange Wilderness" writer-producer Peter Gaulke and writer-director Fred Wolf ducked responsibility for the gross-out comedy misfire. The "Saturday Night Live" alums not only kept their names on the movie, which opened Friday without advance screenings, but they also lent their monikers to the main characters.
January 19, 2012
SERIES The Big Bang Theory: Could Leonard and Penny (Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco) be rekindling their romance? Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg also star in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock: Liz (Tina Fey) scrambles to do damage control after a cellphone video of Tracy (Tracy Morgan) on an offensive rant hits the Internet, and Kenneth and Jenna (Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski) seek Kelsey Grammer's (guest starring as himself) help in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: Hopefuls perform for the judges in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. Fox)
January 14, 2010
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Dr. Roberta Lee; Jeremy Renner. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America David Wright; Art Smith; Stephanie McClellan; Beth Hamilton. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Kiefer Sutherland ("24"); Norah Jones performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rachel Weisz ("The Lovely Bones"); Dave Carroll. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors When a child should start talking; why a woman's period can put her in a bad mood.