February 19, 2004 |
"Can Mel Gibson survive 'The Passion of the Christ?' " asks Entertainment Weekly. Oh, come now. Of course he can, and he will! Gibson has made a movie, not issued an encyclical, nor offered an edict, nor made a law -- no, it's just his version of the four Gospels of the New Testament (and perhaps a few persuasive ideas from other more conservative Catholic religious thinkers). This is not such a big deal. But this is a movie that will definitely make its money back.
December 21, 2002
IN his Dec. 17 article "The Monster in 'Max,' " a movie about Adolf Hitler, Patrick Goldstein quotes Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League as saying, "Why the need or desire to make this monster human? Why trivialize the judgment of history by focusing on his childhood and adolescence?" Much as Foxman may deny the fact, Hitler was a complex human being. The need to acknowledge that fact derives from the need to understand how a person could acquire power in a modern nation. To pretend that such an understanding is not worthwhile is dangerous.
June 14, 2012 |
Sony Pictures Television is upping its stake in Multi Screen Media, which operates television networks in India. Under the terms of the deal, Sony will pay $271 million to acquire the 32% of Multi Screen Media shares held by Grandway Global Holdings and Atlas Equifin. Upon completion of the deal, Sony will own about 94% of the company. "SPT has enjoyed great success with our channels in India and this acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to entertaining Indian audiences," said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000
Every silver lining has its cloud, and the resignation of South Orange County Community College District Trustee Steven J. Frogue, a seemingly felicitous if tardy event, casts its own dark one. The departure of Frogue, target of two noble, failed recall efforts, comes in advance of an election pointing to the future of a college board long controlled by Frogue's allies. These folks will appoint an interim board member, no doubt their candidate on the November ballot. For me, celebration of Frogue's resignation points to the moral and ethical failures of that board majority, which consistently supported Orange County's briefly famous flirt with fascism.
August 15, 1994 |
Alan Mandell had plenty of time to rehearse for the granddaddy of Shakespearean roles, King Lear. Perhaps he has been rehearsing all his life. At times it seems he may have been rehearsing too long. When GroveShakespeare in Garden Grove went belly up and shut down suddenly last summer, Mandell had been ready and waiting to take on one of the most physically and emotionally demanding of all roles; the closing was just days shy of his first performance as Lear.
February 14, 1995 |
There is an ominous hum as the alien battle cruiser appears overhead, all sleek doom in a sky where clouds seem to cower from its presence. The craft's futuristic lines are not of this age or world, and its surface bristles with unfathomable hi-tech devices. Slowly it pivots in the air above the city, its menacing continence turning to the humans clustered below. On its snout-like prow obliteration beams are beginning to glow when, suddenly, a voice cries out in the crowd.