September 16, 2010 |
There's a kind of morning-after intimacy between Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart on the morning after Monday night's Toronto film festival premiere of "Rabbit Hole. " As the actors talk about the raw and ragged emotional terrain they must inhabit as a long-married couple dealing with the death of their young son, there are shared looks, secret laughs, a sense that the day will be more bearable because the other is close at hand. Eckhart in a dark suit and tie, white shirt setting off what's left of a summer tan, lazes in his chair.
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May 26, 2010 |
Although Arnold Schwarzenegger and I don't always see eye-to-eye, he was on to something when he described the Sacramento sausage factory like this: "Money goes in. Favors go out. The people lose." Case in point. Pasadena resident George Fatheree's 8-year-old son, Clayton, has had epilepsy since he was an infant. For the most part, medication controls the condition, but Fatheree and his wife live with the nagging worry that their son will one day have a damaging seizure when no one is around who is trained to help.
March 4, 2010 |
One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small, and the pills Tim Burton gives you don't do very much at all. With apologies to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," that more or less sums up "Alice in Wonderland," the director's middling new version of the Lewis Carroll tale. It has its successful moments but it's surprisingly inert overall, more like a Burton derivative than something he actually did himself. Through no fault of its own, "Alice" also has the misfortune of being the first major 3-D release to come out after the "Avatar" revolution, and when you add in that Burton chose to shoot in 2-D and have the footage converted, it inevitably plays like one of the last gasps of the old-fashioned ways of doing things.
February 23, 2010 |
Clay Blackburn, the hero of Owen Hill's elegant and understated novel "The Incredible Double," is not your typical detective. For one thing, he's a book scout: a guy who haunts used bookstores and estate sales, looking for the one or two items of real value. For another, he's a poet, with a couple of chapbooks to his name. Most tellingly, he's the kind of enlightened anarchist who could only come from Berkeley, where he lives not far from the "world famous open-air asylum" that is Telegraph Avenue.
October 18, 2009 |
Chronic City A Novel Jonathan Lethem Doubleday: 424 pp., $26.95 Strange things still happen in New York. Beginning in fall 2005, bemused residents called the city to complain about a maple syrup smell wafting across sections of Manhattan. Some blamed New Jersey. Others pointed to a candy factory. A few even suspected an unusually fragrant act of terrorism. Earlier this year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg officially solved the "Great Maple Syrup Mystery" by linking it to fenugreek seeds from a food additives plant across the Hudson River.
August 1, 2009 |
When Tim Burton, one of Hollywood's most distinctive directors, came to Comic-Con International last week with never-before-seen footage from his upcoming adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," the audience at the San Diego Convention Center went wild at the sight of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and other beloved characters from Lewis Carroll's surreal storybook classic. The rapturous applause, however, did little to assuage Burton's anxiety.
March 6, 2009 |
At first the young girl at the center of "Phoebe in Wonderland" seems to have a life that is truly the stuff of fairy tales, the happy dreamy ones. Where a birthday gift from her parents is a magically wistful diorama of Alice in Wonderland, covered in lights and jewels, handcrafted, not store bought, and just her cup of tea.
December 16, 2008 |
"Shrek the Musical" opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York on Sunday, marking DreamWorks' first theatrical venture on Broadway. With book and lyrics by Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and music by Jeanine Tesori ("Caroline, or Change"), "Shrek the Musical" largely follows the 2001 film from which it was adapted, which was based on the William Steig book. The musical stars Brian d'Arcy James (seen in Los Angeles in 2005's "White Christmas") in the title role, Sutton Foster (seen in L.A. in 2005's "The Drowsy Chaperone")