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April 20, 2014 | By Noel Murray
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.
It isn't difficult spotting Randy Skretvedt in the throng of Laurel and Hardy fans gathered at the bottom of the famous flight of stairs in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. He's the one wearing the red fez--a fez actually worn in Laurel and Hardy's "Sons of the Desert," their 1933 parody of a fraternal organization's national convention. As Skretvedt says of his gold-embroidered headwear: "This is the crowd for it." And the 36-year-old broadcaster and show business historian from Buena Park is the man for the crowd: members of the Sons of the Desert--the international Laurel and Hardy fan club--who are on a pilgrimage to the steep stairway where Stan and Ollie moved that recalcitrant piano in their Oscar-winning short "The Music Box."
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.
August 2, 2011
MOVIES Yes, Giorgio In this 1982 film, famous Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti plays, well, a famous Italian opera singer. There's a cursory love story with a throat doctor played by Kathryn Harrold, but really the film is a showcase for Pavarotti's magnificent pipes. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 440-4500. MUSIC Yes/Styx The Grammy-winning English prog rock band and the multi-platinum arena rock stalwarts join forces for a 22-city summer tour that lands the double bill at the scenic Greek Theatre.
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