January 29, 2014 |
If you missed the very fine, fine-art documentary "Tim's Vermeer" during its brief stop last month, it is back in town for its official run. Director Teller (better known as the droller half of the ironic comedy/magic team Penn & Teller) follows inventor Tim Jenison's journey to understand how the 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer tripped the light so fantastically. A tale of art and obsession unfolds as Jenison experiments with various optical techniques Vermeer might have used to achieve his luminous interplay of light and shadow.
November 24, 2013 |
Teller, the usually silent half of the renegade magician duo, Penn & Teller, recently perched on a couch at the Geffen Playhouse, where he had a lot to say about two projects he has helmed as director - "Play Dead," magician Todd Robbins' one-man creep show, which runs through Dec. 22 at the Geffen's Skirball Theater, and "Tim's Vermeer," about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to unearth the Dutch painter's techniques and re-create his work in a Texas warehouse....
November 21, 2013 |
As the Geffen Playhouse's revival of the 2010 off-Broadway hit "Play Dead" came to its macabre, gory and unexpectedly palpable crescendo Wednesday, I was ready to rush home and describe my blood-chilling experiences. But then, at his curtain call, star and co-author Todd Robbins asked me (and everyone else) not to. "Don't give our tricks away," he urged, with the same twinkle in his eye that had persuaded many audience members to follow his alarming, counterintuitive instructions during the highly interactive evening. Why shouldn't I?
October 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- When the popular magician and entertainer Penn Jillette walked into the offices of Hollywood executives several years ago to pitch a documentary about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, he was met with skepticism. After all, Jillette and his partner Teller were known for their cheeky stage act and television work, such as “Penn & Teller: Bull - ,” which aired for many years on Showtime. Surely this was a gag? “They thought I was doing some 'Borat' act on them,” Jillette said at the New York Film Festival on Thursday.
July 4, 2013 |
On your next visit to Vegas, want to hit some cool places you've yet to discover? If so, Las Vegas Weekly magazine's “2013 Weekly Awards” may include just what you're looking for. Some funky faves were among the Weekly's awards announced at a party Wednesday. They fall into more than 100 categories. Here are a dozen picks worth checking out: Best Cirque show: "The Beatles: Love" at the Mirage Best cocktail list for non-drinkers: Lakeside at Wynn Best gay bar: the Garage (1487 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas)
February 18, 2013 |
Known in equal parts for their illusions, gore and wit, Penn & Teller are celebrating their 20 th anniversary of performing in Las Vegas with a six-year extension to their contract at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino . In a city where magicians come and go, Penn & Teller have demonstrated their staying power. After sold-out runs on Broadway, the demented duo arrived in Sin City in 1993. “When we first moved to Vegas, our hoity-toity New York art and theater friends all screamed in horror,” Penn Jillette, the taller, more vocal of the two, was quoted as saying in a news release.