June 23, 2013 |
"The Conjuring," a horror thriller by James Wan, conjured up more laughs than screams or shivers Friday night at its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It seemed as though the audience had either attended the reception prior to the screening and enjoyed one too many cocktails or was attempting to disguise its terrible discomfort and fear as laughter. Wan addressed the laughter afterward by saying the audience should imbibe a little less prior to seeing his films. But he said he was glad people had enjoyed the film.
June 21, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally revealed the name of their baby girl, according to several reports. And it's a doozy. The name is North, as in North West. (They may as well have named her Doozy...) PHOTOS: Oddly fantastic celebrity baby names TMZ cited a birth certificate it obtained from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the reality TV starlet, 32, and her Grammy-winning rapper boyfriend, 36, welcomed their child Saturday, several weeks earlier than her July 11 due date.
June 18, 2013 |
It was a graduation speech. Each fifth-grader at Burlingame's Lincoln Elementary gave one. They were allotted one minute to describe their favorite school memory. Some talked about their first teacher. Others talked about a recent field trip to the Hyatt. A blindingly hopeful 10-year-old named Casey Johnstone changed the subject, using his moment to speak for the blinding hope of generations. In the heart of San Francisco Giants country last Friday night, he stepped to the microphone in his bright blue shirt and talked about his love for the Dodgers.
June 14, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - The Dodgers reacted with bemusement and amusement Friday after Major League Baseball issued eight suspensions to Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks personnel for their roles in a violent brawl during the teams' game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Aside from a clear disdain for Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy - whose 10-game suspension they viewed as insufficient after he struck rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig in the face with a fastball and nearly did the same to pitcher Zack Greinke - the Dodgers seemed to get a kick out of what they viewed as an arbitrary set of punishments.
June 14, 2013 |
Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a proven practitioner whose buoyantly surreal plays are moored by cosmically serious themes. Pulitzer-nominated in 2005, Ruhl's “The Clean House” exploited a comical situation -- a Latina domestic worker's quest for the perfect joke -- to explore larger issues of death and loss. And in “Eurydice,” recently seen in a stellar production at A Noise Within, Ruhl slanted the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus into a moving story of undying paternal love -- Ruhl's moving valedictory to her own dead father.
June 6, 2013 |
A couple of would-be vanquishers of Earth opt instead to play bluegrass in a Brooklyn bar in the sweetly wacky caper "The History of Future Folk. " Building a decidedly low-fi origin story around a real-life musical duo, the movie could have made its points - war is bad; music is the universal language - in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive. And if the matter of Planet Hondo's fate is more a thinly veiled showcase for the two-man band than an involving story, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's ultra-low-budget sci-fi comedy delivers a few intergalactic laughs with down-to-earth warmth.
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May 14, 2013 |
J. Michael Elliott photographed these zebras at the Los Angeles Zoo on April 14. "On this particular day, this one zebra was unusually animated," said Elliott, a frequent visitor to the zoo. "I was excited by the dramatic lighting, interesting pose and her unique expressions, so I quickly took several photos. This one is my favorite. I'm not sure what prompted these expressions, but to me it looked like she was laughing at her own joke. " Elliott used a Canon EOS 7D. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
April 25, 2013 |
DALLAS -- When five presidents assembled at Southern Methodist University on Thursday for the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential center they traded wit and smiles, earning approval from the conservative crowd. Bill Clinton joked about getting so chummy with the Bushes, he'd become the black sheep of the family. “A couple times a year George would call me to talk politics, and when Laura told me all the records were digitized, a chill ran down my spine,” he said to laughter.
April 18, 2013 |
Like Hamlet, L.A. actor Alex Hyde-White is haunted by the ghost of his father, the British character actor Wilfrid. Best known as Colonel Pickering in the 1964 film "My Fair Lady," Wilfrid warned his son that "true talent usually skips a generation. " "Three Days (of Hamlet)" is Alex's rebuttal. In a 72-hour self-dare, Hyde-White directed and starred in a 99-seat production of "Hamlet" - with himself in the title role, naturally - and then fashioned this documentary about it. The result is high school English crossed with "Waiting for Guffman," though the humor is largely accidental.
April 11, 2013 |
The next two Saturdays will determine who will become the newest headliner at the Riviera Comedy Club . In recent weeks, the hotel has been auditioning comics from around the country in a contest with a prize worthy of a TV talent show: a gig on the Las Vegas Strip. A total of 226 people from across the country submitted videos of their funniest material, from which 16 people were chosen to compete live on stage. The last of four finalists will be selected during a show that begins at 10 p.m. Saturday.