April 24, 2013 |
- When Emily Blunt was in grade school and Colin Firth was still a struggling actor, Becky Johnston was penning their characters in the first draft of a screenplay that would become "Arthur Newman. " Twenty years later, it is finally a movie, opening Friday, a meditation on identity guised in a road trip featuring two lost souls grappling with their unenviable realities. FOR THE RECORD: "Arthur Newman": An article about the film "Arthur Newman" in the April 24 Calendar section said that the movie was the first that Colin Firth signed onto after winning an Oscar for "The King's Speech.
April 20, 2013 |
In one of the stranger plot twists in Hollywood, BitTorrent Inc., the technology company whose name was once synonymous in the creative community with Internet piracy, is now doing business with the film industry. The San Francisco company is partnering with Cinedigm, a leading Los Angeles distributor of independent films across digital platforms, to promote its newest release, "Arthur Newman," starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Starting Monday, BitTorrent will help promote the film by inviting the 170 million users of its software - which helps facilitate the transfer of large data files - to watch the first seven minutes of the film prior to its theatrical release Friday.
December 11, 2012 |
Check the thermostat in hell -- it appears to have dropped below 32 degrees: Long-snubbed Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush will at long last be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, along with Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart and Albert King. Rush's absence from the Rock Hall year in and year out has spurred more complaints from fans than any other uninducted act, but Rush fans can now change their jeers to cheers. Rush and the other new inductees will be welcomed into the Rock Hall on April 18 in a ceremony that will take place for the first time in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.
September 18, 2012 |
Randy Newman has fired his satirical barbs at racism and the gruesome legacy of slavery before, most notably in "Rednecks" and "Sail Away. " Now he's taking aim again with a new song that's related from the perspective of a (presumably white) voter who declares that, "I'm dreaming of a white president. " One line goes: "He won't be the brightest, perhaps, but he'll be the whitest, and I'll vote for that. " The 68-year-old singer and composer, who's backing President Obama for reelection, told the Associated Press that he wanted "I'm Dreaming" to convey his thoughts about the pervasiveness of racism -- which he called "the great issue of this country" -- albeit with his trademark wry comic touch.
October 2, 2011 |
The Grand Canyon Reader Edited by Lance Newman University of California Press: 256 pages, $50, $19.95 (paper) The vicarious pleasure of armchair travel is a well-explored genre for books, transporting the reader without ever opening a door. What such books do, when they are thoughtfully presented, is to share the excitement and immediacy of exploration while sparing the reader the discomfort. In "The Grand Canyon Reader," Lance Newman's editing challenge was to illuminate an iconic place while offering a glimpse of something new. There is no lack for musings on the subject.
September 1, 2011 |
Answer: Alex Trebek Question: Who is the host of Sunday evening's Hollywood Bowl concert, "The Big Picture: AFI's Great American Movie Quiz. " Trebek mused that he won't get confused that evening by asking the questions instead of giving the answer first. "It will be the reverse, but keep in mind I have been doing this kind of [quiz show] programming for a long time," said Trebek, who used to host KCOP's live coverage of the Bowl's fireworks concert in the 1990s. "I did have a life before 'Jeopardy!