March 16, 2013 |
For movie musical lovers in general and gay men of a certain age in particular, Judy Garland represents the alpha and omega of stardom. So it was with some trepidation that I knocked on the apartment door of Tracie Bennett, the English actress who has been uncannily transforming herself into Garland in "End of the Rainbow," Peter Quilter's musical drama about the final chapter of Garland's life. Garland died tragically in 1969 at age 47. Bennett, just over the half-century mark yet still vibrating with pixieish vitality, is the next best thing to a fantasy meeting with the icon.
March 8, 2013 |
Three years after Disney scored a $1-billion global hit with "Alice in Wonderland," the studio is back with another 21st century take on a beloved fantasy tale: "Oz the Great and Powerful," a sort-of prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz. " The film stars James Franco as a small-time Kansas magician who ends up in an enchanted land, where he crosses paths with three witches played by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Though "Oz" appears poised to cash in at the box office, critics' reviews have been mixed, with many saying it lacks the magic of the original "Wizard of Oz" film.
December 5, 2012 |
Butterfly in the sky I can fly twice as high ... Children of the '80s, this one is for you: The beloved kids' show "Reading Rainbow" and its host LeVar Burton are the latest PBS icons to get the remix treatment, thanks to the efforts of PBS Digital Studios and the Auto-Tune song maker John D. Boswell, a.k.a. Melody Sheep. PBS Digital Studios started its remixing project in June with its most popular (and I'd argue best) video, "Garden of Your Mind," featuring Fred Rogers (i.e., Mister Rogers)
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September 30, 2012 |
What's 94 feet tall, more than 100,000 pounds and made of steel? Well, in Culver City it's … a rainbow. Sony Pictures Entertainment plans to unveil a towering $1.6-million rainbow art installation Monday, a massive mix of colors that the town's mayor hopes visitors and residents will come to view as a landmark for the once-sleepy suburb that's now home to a bustling restaurant and arts scene. Rising from Sony's downtown-adjacent lot, the art piece, which last week was encased in white cloth, occupies a prominent position in low-slung Culver City when viewed from the nearby Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.
September 7, 2012 |
Your Sister's Sister Available on VOD beginning Thursday Writer-director Lynn Shelton's follow-up to her hit indie comedy "ENMV0002398"> "Humpday" stars Mark Duplass as a sad sack who has a drunken sexual encounter with the sister of his late brother's ex-girlfriend. The indiscretion threatens to derail not only the siblings' rapport but also his own friendship with the woman who once loved his brother (Emily Blunt). As the trio - rounded out by Rosemarie DeWitt - spend time together at a house on a remote Washington island, plenty of unresolved feelings get dredged up, in that casually honest, frequently funny way that made "Humpday" such a delight.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If there was any doubt about whom Democrats are aiming at during their convention, one had only to see the portion of the program Tuesday night where two dozen women who are either in Congress or seeking to be appeared together onstage. Wearing colorful suits and dresses, they looked like a sartorial version of the rainbow coalition as they clustered around the microphone. Eight spoke briefly about progress made under President Obama in areas such as fair pay, healthcare, domestic violence and help for military families, and about the challenges still facing American women.
August 3, 2012 |
Bachelorette Available on VOD beginning Friday Writer-director Leslye Headland's debut feature "Bachelorette" will undoubtedly be compared to "Bridesmaids,"since both films are raunchy, female-fronted comedies about the awkwardness and envy that bubbles up when a friend gets married. But the cast of "Bachelorette" is younger, which makes the tone different - less one of exhaustion and disappointment, more seething anger and recklessness. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher play three catty friends who are asked to be in the wedding party of an oddball acquaintance (played by Rebel Wilson)
July 5, 2012 |
Books may not exactly be the final frontier, but how we read is certainly in transition. So when "Reading Rainbow" host and "Star Trek" actor LeVar Burton saw a need and opportunity for reconnecting today's youth with a love of reading, he decided to make it so. "It is no longer appropriate for me as an American to sit by and expect my government to get it done," Burton said in a casual conversation with The Times. Reading Rainbow is starting a new chapter as an iPad app, bringing with it the engaging storytelling that was the essence of the TV show that encouraged generations of children to love reading.
June 26, 2012 |
It's not the stack of six crème patties that's whipped up a frenzy at Oreo's official Facebook page: It's that together, they form a rainbow in celebration of gay pride. The image of the multi-layered Kraft cookie appears above a date - June 25 - and the word “pride.” A caption declares “Proudly support love!” The cookie isn't available for purchase. Of the profile's nearly 27 million fans, more than 154,000 liked the Pride post. Not all the nearly 20,000 comments, however, were quite as supportive.
June 11, 2012 |
Tony- and Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli offered a personal message Sunday about her mother, legendary performer Judy Garland , to mark what would have been her 90 th birthday. "Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives. She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about ourselves until she exquisitely translated them to us with her voice. "She is to be missed deeply, yes… But, what if we never had her?