June 13, 2013 |
Vera Farmiga remembers vividly how she came to see Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" for the first time. Had she known she would someday play Norman Bates' mother in A&E's prequel series "Bates Motel," she might have paid the picture closer attention. At the time, she was too preoccupied with another great director to give that classic Hitchcock thriller the scrutiny she since has. "Other than maybe the shower scene," Farmiga admits, "I didn't see all of 'Psycho' till I was on set shooting 'The Departed.' Marty Scorsese made me. At first I nodded and considered bluffing him. Then I realized that whenever he refers to an old movie, he's going to send you a deluxe DVD of it that night.
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April 25, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A military judge Thursday sentenced a female Marine convicted of attempted adultery and lying to investigators to a letter of reprimand and the loss of $3,000 in pay. Lt. Col. Leon Francis could have sentenced her to a year in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge. Francis, after a three-day court-martial at Camp Pendleton, ruled that she was guilty of attempted adultery with another staff sergeant - “a man not her husband.” Under military law, adultery is a crime if it undermines “good order and discipline” or brings “discredit upon the armed forces.” Testimony showed that the two staff sergeants, who worked together at Camp Pendleton, went to a motel in Temecula after an afternoon of heavy drinking.
April 8, 2013 |
"Bates Motel" will be open another season. A&E ordered a second 10-episode season of the thriller series on Monday after premiering in March to strong ratings and good reviews. The series, designed as a sort of contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece, "Psycho," stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments As anyone who has seen the film knows, young Norman will eventually wander around his house dressed like his dead mother, whom he keeps in his bed as a mummified skeleton.
March 19, 2013 |
The grand opening of "Bates Motel" prompted quite the turnout. The new A&E drama averaged 3 million viewers in its 10 p.m. time slot. Not quite as many checked in as they did for last summer's launch of the network's other original drama “Longmire” -- which premiered to 4.1 million total viewers -- but the “Psycho” prequel held its own in key adult demographics. It brought in 1.6 million viewers among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 -- becoming the network's most-watched original drama series debut in those demos.
March 18, 2013 |
When, in her famous essay "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf conjured the tragically compelling possibility of Shakespeare's sister, a new sort of narrative was born - the reclamation of female characters who previously lurked at the edges of epic tales. Queens and consorts, mothers and parlor maids have all gotten their due in retellings of famous works, from the Bible to the tales of Sherlock Holmes. And now here's Mama Bates. The mother of cinematic serial killer Norman Bates is among the most famous off-stage characters in dramatic history.
March 16, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY The route remains roughly the same - from Dodger Stadium to Downtown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica - at the annual running of "The L.A. Marathon....
March 9, 2013 |
The snow machines were a welcome touch at Swedish House Mafia's Friday farewell set in Chinatown. On a night with miserable outdoor concert weather -- chilly temperatures, with just enough rain to turn the L.A. State Historic Park into a frigid mud slurry -- when the trio of DJs kicked on the midfield snowblowers, you could almost pretend that you were actually raving astride a Swedish fjord. Almost. “Serious respect to the girls who came out dressed in bikinis on this … warm spring night,” joked one of the Mafia members from atop a monolithic tiered stage at the park's north end. “That's the kind of friends we have.” If EDM artists and festivals have enjoyed a perpetual spring and summer in America over the last few years, the retirement of Swedish House Mafia might herald a changing season.
February 22, 2013 |
Question: I am a victim of the hard times. I had to move out of my apartment six months ago, and I have been living in a motel since then. I have been paying a monthly rent to the motel owner. About three weeks ago, the owner asked me to move to a different room, which I did. Then, last week the owner came to my new room and told me I had to be out of the room within 24 hours or he would call the police to arrest me. Can he do that? Answer: No, even though you are not living in a traditional apartment building.
August 14, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Coda: If you scorned a woman's daughter, the fury gets ratcheted up a notch. Thus unfolds the tale in western Washington state of Jacqueline Ray, 49, and her dead son-in-law. Ray, a resident of the quaint community of Gig Harbor, has been charged with first-degree murder in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in July. Ray's daughter had apparently fled to a motel with her children to escape from her husband, who Ray said had repeatedly beaten her. Also arrested and charged was Luis Rea Barker.