May 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - David Mamet has his hustlers, Edward Albee his domestic warriors, Tony Kushner his brilliant self-flagellators. If playwright Christopher Shinn has a signature character, it is the manipulative victim - the half-sympathetic, half-deplorable sort of person whose suffering is real but who uses it as rationale for bad behavior. Most recently, Shinn explored this type of character in the Tyler Clementi-inspired tale of college bullying, "Teddy Ferrara," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
May 11, 2013 |
The manager was rushing directly to practice from work, so she jogged onto the infield carrying a plastic bucket of baseballs while wearing a skirt. '"You can't play baseball in a dress!" shrieked one of her players. "Just watch me," Claudia Chiovare said. One of the coaches was once challenged by a player who didn't want to wear his required protective cup. "How are you going to know if we have it on?" he taunted. "You've got to knock on it, and we've got to hear it," Tracy Chiovare said.
May 7, 2013 |
Proposed legislation to remove junk food and sugar-loaded drinks from vending machines at California state office buildings and on government property is intensifying debate about when the battle against obesity becomes a gateway to "nanny state" tactics. Backers of the Assembly bill, AB 459, said California shouldn't condone the sale of fatty snacks and sodas in the workplace when taxpayers are already shelling out vast amounts to cover the healthcare costs of overweight government employees.
May 2, 2013 |
During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, writer Matthew Specktor sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss his new novel, "American Dream Machine. " It's a book set in and around a fictional Hollywood talent agency, not unlike Creative Artists Agency, where Specktor's father works. He rattles off some of his favorite books about Hollywood. "I'm very fond of Michael Tolkin's 'The Player.' I'm very fond of 'Play It as It Lays.' I'm very fond of Budd Schulberg," he said.
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May 2, 2013 |
In early April, while making the promotional rounds for "Oblivion," Morgan Freeman made an appearance on the “Ask Me Anything” section of the popular social news and entertainment website Reddit. For those unfamiliar with “Ask Me Anything," or AMA, the conceit is quite simple: a poster announces their presence in a message board-like setting, and anonymous fans and curiosity seekers from across the Internet ask them questions -- or ignore them entirely -- as they see fit. AMAs that catch on inevitably include some questions that are thoughtful and earnest, some that are rude and others just bizarre.
April 24, 2013 |
From the outside, the scene looked like just another Depeche Mode gig, with a crush of stylishly attired music fans gathered on a street corner in downtown Austin, Texas. Inside the bare-bones warehouse, though, it was clear that this veteran English outfit - one of the few rock groups in the world still capable of filling arenas and stadiums - was slumming it, performing on a stage (and before a crowd) many times smaller than it normally plays to. A large video screen seemed wedged into the tight space behind the band, and when Dave Gahan thrust his arms skyward during "Enjoy the Silence," he almost scraped the ceiling.
April 19, 2013 |
Specktor will appear at the Festival of Books on Sunday at noon on the panel "Fiction: Inside Hollywood" with Adam Braver, Alex Espinoza and Nina Revoyr. More information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks Matthew Specktor knows the offices of talent agency CAA - past and present - like his own backyard. That's because, as son of top agent Fred Specktor, they practically were. He ran around in the hallways; he worked in the mail room. And although that it set him down the not unexpected Hollywood producer path, what he really wanted to do was write.
April 11, 2013 |
North Korea recently launched a cyber attack on South Korean TV stations and banks. Iran carried out a cyber campaign against U.S. banking sites. The U.S. and Israel released malware that disabled Iranian nuclear centrifuges. Or did they? There's no doubt someone did all these things, and there are reasons to believe that those suspected are responsible. But because of the way the Internet is designed and the poor general state of computer security, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint an attack's origin.
April 8, 2013 |
Rob Mersola's “Dirty Filthy Love Story” is a world premiere from Rogue Machine that follows hard on the heels of the company's 2011 hit, “Small Engine Repair,” slated for an off-Broadway opening in 2013. Rogue Machine deserves high praise for scouting out edgy world premieres -- and certainly, “Filthy” is so stratospherically over-the-top that it goes into orbit. The center of Mersola's vertiginously revolving cosmos is Ashley Floerchinger (Jennifer Pollono, in a delightfully galumphing turn)
March 25, 2013 |
The Strokes "The Comedown Machine" RCA Records 1 star One of the key axioms of the acting trade is to never seem desperate for a role. To be a hot commodity, behave like you couldn't care less; those who appear to need a job are at a disadvantage. "The Comedown Machine," the fifth album by New York band the Strokes, exudes nervousness; you can almost see beads of sweat forming on the band's foreheads as it works, and fails, to stay relevant while tossing off harmless 1980s-style ditties.