June 25, 1989 |
Costa-Gavras makes thrillers, and perhaps his success lies in giving this hard-bitten action-packed form the urgency of an SOS cry of distress. "Between the Greek tragedy in which I was born and the Hollywood film on which I was nourished, the thriller is natural to me," Costa-Gavras said in the Paris studio where he is editing his new film, "Music Box." His definition of the term is wide: "The Grapes of Wrath" is a thriller, he says, if not in conventional terms. "Music Box," which he is editing here after shooting in Chicago and Budapest, develops the theme of private responsibility within the framework of a story about a young woman lawyer's defense of her father, an Illinois steel worker accused of war crimes in his native Hungary.
July 22, 1994 |
You know the show that opens Sunday for a six-week stand at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as "The Phantom of the Opera." But the troupe for this national touring production thinks of itself as "The Music Box Company." The name, chosen by producer Cameron Macintosh, suggests a delicate object tinged with nostalgia and romance.
October 11, 2012 |
After a well-received reunion tour and a Coachella set, the Montreal experimental-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor has announced its first album in a decade, "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!," on Constellation. But the group made an even more surprising move today, when the Guardian published an exceedingly rare interview with the band . The paper's Maddy Costa somehow wrangled an unsigned e-mail interview with the group, which famously declines almost all interaction with the media.
November 18, 2009
A list of shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center : Bon Jovi, March 4 (now) Gibson Amphitheatre : KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with AFI and Muse, Dec. 12-13 (Sat.) Angel Stadium: U2, June 7 (Fri.) Walt Disney Concert Hall: Dirty Projectors with the L.A. Philharmonic, Feb. 27 (now) Long Beach Arena: Slayer and Megadeth, Jan. 22 (Sat.) Honda Center: Bon Jovi, Feb. 26 (now) Downtown Palace Theatre: Julian Casablancas, Nov. 20 and 27 (now)
April 20, 2014 |
Sorcerer Warner Bros., $12.95; Blu-ray, $27.98 Director William Friedkin was riding the hot streak of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist" when he attempted his most ambitious project to that point: a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's brilliant 1953 French thriller "The Wages of Fear," about four desperate men hired to transport trucks full of explosive nitroglycerin up bumpy mountain roads. Friedkin's "Sorcerer" was a big enough flop to slow his career momentum considerably, and legal complications kept the film off DVD and Blu-ray - until now. The movie that many consider one of the most neglected masterpieces of the 1970s "New Hollywood" era has finally been restored and is able to be widely seen again.
December 9, 2009
A list of upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center: The Black Eyed Peas, March 29 (Sat.) Hollywood Bowl: The Eagles, April 16, 17 and 20 (Mon.) Walt Disney Concert Hall: Air, March 28; Keith Jarrett, March 15 (Sat.) The Orpheum: Norah Jones, April 23 (Sun.) The Wiltern: Opeth, April 9 (now); Nick Jonas & the Administration, Dec. 12; Editors, Feb. 11; STS9, Feb. 12; Rob Bell, Feb. 18 (Sat.
December 3, 2010
BOOKS Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage Biographer Hazel Rowley, who previously chronicled the lives of French existentialists and Australian Marxists, will discuss her recent portrait of one of America's most fascinating first couples, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents Rowley in conversation with KUSC-FM program director Gail Eichenthal as part of its popular ALOUD program. Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free with reservation.
September 15, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Honda Center Usher, Nov. 14 (Sat.) Staples Center Usher, Nov. 18 (Sat.); Andrea Bocelli, Dec. 10 (Mon.) The Wiltern Brandon Flowers, Nov. 10; Florence & the Machine, Nov. 8 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Lifehouse, Nov. 18; Chicano Soul Legends, Dec. 18 (Sat.); Vicente Fernandez, Nov. 19-21 (Wed.) Santa Barbara Bowl Stone Temple Pilots, Oct. 27 (Sat.) Grove of Anaheim Joe Bonamassa, Feb. 17; Basia, Nov. 13 (Sat.