January 25, 2003 |
You know something may be amiss when your host sounds slightly apologetic. Such is the case with "Me & Mrs. Jones," the latest installment of "Masterpiece Theatre." In his opening, Russell Baker invites viewers to relax and enjoy the two-hour program (which runs Sunday at 9 p.m. on KCET and KVCR) as sheer comic fairy tale even as it strains credulity.
December 23, 2005 |
Some might think an Irish version of the quintessentially English "A Christmas Carol" a wee bit misguided, considering the fractious history between the two countries. However, in the spirit of the season, the folks at the Celtic Arts Center reach for -- and largely achieve -- cultural detente in "Christmas O'Carol," a distinctly Irish treatment of Dickens' beloved tale concluding tonight at the group's Valley Village enclave.
May 4, 2007 |
Whatever your ultimate take is on Tracy Letts' "Bug," the 2004 off-Broadway hit now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Coast, you are certain to ponder the play long after the final curtain. Not for the squeamish, "Bug" is part sci-fi, part "Lower Depths," a grim, gritty, surprisingly funny portrait of paranoiac down-and-outers involved in what may or may not be a massive government conspiracy.
June 29, 2012 |
When we interviewed M83's Anthony Gonzalez earlier this year, the French epic-electronica producer mentioned film work as a major new goal. Recounting a trip to Joshua Tree, he said: " You just drive for an hour, and it's like being in a sci-fi movie out there, which was perfect for the kind of music I make. " He can now check "sci-fi epic score-writing" off that list -- he's been tapped to compose original music for Tom Cruise's new thriller, "Oblivion. " The Playlist reports that the film's director, Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed"Tron: Legacy"(which had an original score by another French electronica act, Daft Punk)
September 26, 2003 |
In the film version of Frances Mayes' restoration drama "Under the Tuscan Sun," Diane Lane plays a version of the poet and professor also named Frances Mayes. Directed by Audrey Wells, who loosely based her screenplay on Mayes' book, the movie traces how Lane's Frances -- younger, thinner, blonder and now flying solo -- travels to Tuscany whereupon she instantly falls for a mysterious stranger with the headily romantic name of Bramasole. Reader, she bought Bramasole.
January 23, 1994 |
The gospel according to Jose Saramago begins with the author contemplating a painting of the Crucifixion and, in a kind of mock gravity, subverting its iconography. Which of the figures is Mary Magdalene? Surely, the one with the plunging neckline; on the other hand, one woman is blond. There is, after all "the popular belief that women with blond hair, whether it be natural or dyed, are the most effective instruments of sin." Then there are the two thieves.
June 27, 1996 |
Dinah Washington is better known for her sensational voice than she is for being the Rosa Parks of Las Vegas. But playwright Oliver Goldstick, in his semi-fictionalized play "Dinah Was" at the Coast Playhouse, has focused on Washington's 1959 foray into the good fight. The first black entertainer booked into the main room at the Sahara Hotel, Washington arrived triumphant only to be told there were no rooms available and to be given accommodations in a trailer out back, with the dog acts.
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June 17, 1995 |
Banker Ed DeSure's colleagues told him he was crazy when, at the age of 72, he left a high-paying job to become a Peace Corps volunteer. "I told them, 'I'm a happier man than you are; I'm doing what I want to do,' " he recalled recently. DeSure was sent to Botswana, where he ran a trade school for that country's youth. Despite the hardships he faced in Africa, he said, he has never regretted his decision. "I have always been interested in helping youth," he said.