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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle may be best known for "Trainspotting" and “Slumdog Millionaire,” but his globally upbeat opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics was named Theater Event of the Year on Sunday at London's audience-driven Whatsonstage.com awards . The lavish spectacle of British history and culture, "Isles of Wonder," was loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest. " It beat out the Susan Boyle bio-musical, "I Dreamed a Dream” as well as an arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Globe to Globe's" season of 37 plays in 37 languages that was part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
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NEWS
February 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Chloë  Sevigny's collection for Opening Ceremony made its official New York Fashion Week debut Saturday, an hour-and-a-half long presentation turned raucous round-robin performance by five girl bands that unspooled in an Episcopal church in lower Manhattan. Although the collaboration between the actress and the niche retail brand is now in its fifth season, it has only one previous New York City runway show under its belt -- a resort collection that came down the catwalk in June 2011.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden took the first official step of the inaugural weekend, swearing the oath of office as he stood among friends, family and a circle of Democratic power players of his political history - and, perhaps, future. In a brief morning ceremony at the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, Biden put a hand on his family Bible, held by his wife, and swore for the second time to uphold the duties of the vice president's office. “It's an honor, it's an honor,” Biden told Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor immediately after she administered the oath, the fourth female jurist to perform that duty for a president or vice president in the country's history.
SPORTS
August 2, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Remember that scene from the opening ceremony that looked as though it came out of a James Bond movie. It featured David Beckham, looking dapper in a black suit, driving a speed boat down the Thames River, his wake illuminated by blue, pink and golden lights. At a Galaxy practice on Wednesday, Beckham discussed that maneuver for the first time. "I was out on the boat for a few hours," he said in a video interview, courtesy of LAGalaxy.com. "It was good. I had a few goes at it during the week so I was prepared.
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : A billion people watched the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. This past Friday, viewers were given a treat for their eyes and ears with the sensational opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. With a presentation designed and coordinated by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle, the spectacle took viewers on a journey through England's past, present and future, complete with references to pretty much all of the greatest achievements in British history, not to mention a strong dose of British popular culture, from a horde of Mary Poppins battling a giant Voldemort from the Harry Potter books to James Bond escorting the Queen of England to the ceremony via parachute.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Forget the medal count. In the first competition of the 2012 London Olympics -- the global runway show known as the opening ceremony's parade of nations -- it looks like Team Switzerland did it right. Over the weekend, a couple of All the Rage readers were anything but neutral about their feelings for that country's gray-and-red ensembles. After bashing Team Canada's uniforms (described here ), a reader from Montreal posted a comment Friday evening declaring: "For two weeks I am purely Swiss.
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
While many viewers didn't always care for the quirky opening ceremony produced by Danny Boyle for the London Olympics, many did appreciate the eclectic mix of music that accompanied it. The soundtrack, a 36-song, two-disc set titled "Isle of Wonder," is currently topping the iTunes album charts in Belgium, Britain, France and Spain while reaching No. 5 in the U.S. On Aug. 6, you can purchase the album on Universal Music's Decca Records label....
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Through a fortuitous series of events, because someone knew someone who knew someone, I watched Friday's remarkable opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games by way of the BBC - which is to say, without commercials or Ryan Seacrest and with relatively little intrusion from the commentators. Later, I saw what the United States saw. Fellow Americans, you have my sympathy. Titled "Isles of Wonder" and conceived by Danny Boyle, the director of"Slumdog Millionaire," it was by turns moving, bizarre, funny and exciting and often surprisingly dark.
SPORTS
July 28, 2012
Frankly, they looked like they were ready for a star turn on "Glee. " USA Swimming attempted to go where many teams have gone before, offering up a video clip, lip-syncing and dancing to the song "Call Me Maybe. " Even Michael Phelps was pulled into the fray, briefly bobbing his head in rhythm on an airplane. The video was a collaborative effort between Kathleen Hersey and her Olympic teammates Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson . Hersey posted a link to the clip on her Twitter account Thursday and by late in the afternoon on Friday, the video had more than 300,000 views.
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