January 10, 2014 |
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
November 14, 1997 |
Guido Barone doesn't make the rules here, so he can only wince at the latest assault on this ancient Roman city--by an army of backpacks. Squeezing into Pompeii's fragile ruins on the backs of tourists, they scrape precious wall paintings as their bearers pivot recklessly in overcrowded spaces. "You cannot force people to leave those things outside," Barone says in dismay amid a traffic jam in the House of the Vettii.
October 8, 2003 |
With Mt. Vesuvius in the background, a determined Pope John Paul II indirectly confronted growing concern over his failing health Tuesday, urging the Catholic faithful to pray for him "today and always." The pope traveled by helicopter to the ancient ruins of this southern Italian town, making a public appearance outside Rome for the first time since a four-day trip to Slovakia in early September left him exhausted and weak.
January 28, 2005 |
Whether we remember history or not, it seems we are condemned to repeat it, at least those of us with a television, the natural home of documentaries and docudramas and biopics. Two sorts of historical re-creations are on view Sunday, both of which concern green and pleasant lands overtaken by an unstoppable force.
December 3, 1995 |
Watch the sun rise over Stonehenge and try to decipher the centurions' graffiti on its ancient pillars. See Dresden Cathedral rise from the rubble of wartime Germany. Relive Pompeii in all its ancient glory before Vesuvius destroyed the Roman city. In the world of Virtual Heritage, one simply straps on a headset and takes off in a time machine through history. Artists and scientists have combined to help us walk through ancient sites armed only with a set of goggles and a soaring imagination.
August 31, 2003 |
Sorrento, Italy "Good kids, good kids," the concierge assured me as I stood in the lobby waiting for my 15-year-old daughter and her friend to return to the hotel. It was 1:05 a.m. in Sorrento, and the girls, who were out with a group of Italian teenagers they had met that evening, were supposed to have been back at 1 a.m. "Very good kids," the concierge said as he smiled and shifted his weight from the heels to the toes of his shiny black shoes. "It is better not to worry," he told me, rocking back and forth.
October 15, 1989 |
On a June evening 1,400 years ago, a volcano suddenly erupted in what is now El Salvador and sealed an entire prehistoric settlement in a time capsule, complete with the dirty dishes of a civilization that flourished 600 years before Columbus arrived in the New World.
April 29, 2009 |
It's been 10 years since the Los Angeles County Museum of Art brought us "Pompeii: Life in a Roman Town." "In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite," an exhibition of antiquities excavated from a site near Pompeii, toured the country from 2004 to 2008, stopping at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2006. Now here comes "Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples," opening Sunday at LACMA.
September 21, 1997 |
The foot-worn curbs and wheel ruts and a thousand other details of this mummified city speak of life 2,000 years ago. But if Pompeii offers a glimpse of antiquity, it may soon serve up a tangible taste of life a couple of millenniums ago. Pompeii's archeologists and a nearby winery are attempting to recreate the wines of the ancient Romans. The wine trade was a major part of Roman commerce. It contributed much to the wealth of Pompeii, a pleasure-loving port city with more than 200 bars.
January 30, 1997 |
Gerardo Perez, his father, two brothers and a cousin apparently like the idea of operating family-run gourmet restaurants. Only a year ago, the Perez family opened Verona Trattoria Italian restaurant in Camarillo. Response has been so positive that last month they added Pompeii Trattoria, a French-Italian restaurant also in Camarillo, to the list. And a third establishment may not be far behind.