December 6, 2012
After five decades of globe-trotting cinematic adventures, James Bond kept things close to home for his latest mission, "Skyfall. " And residents of the United Kingdom have paid back the kindness in spades: This past weekend the film celebrating the movie franchise's 50th anniversary became the highest-grossing movie ever there. After 40 days of release, "Skyfall" has earned £94.3 million (or $151.8 million) in Bond's home territory, surpassing the previous record-holder, James Cameron's "Avatar," which grossed £94 million (or $151.3 million)
December 6, 2012 |
A drawing by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael has sold for $47.8 million at an auction. The work, titled "Head of a Young Apostle," was featured in a Sotheby's auction in London on Wednesday. The chalk drawing, dating from the early 16th century, is believed to have been an early study for Raphael's masterpiece "Transfiguration," which is located at the The Vatican. Sotheby's had estimated that the drawing would sell for between about $16 million and $24 million. The sale was part of a larger auction of English paintings and Renaissance works.
August 26, 2012 |
It took seven years for "The Face," a new opera by composer Donald Crockett and poet David St. John, to get from its inception to its world-premiere staging at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre on Saturday night - and when three of its characters sing the lines, "What a long 11 months it's been, the movie's in the can," you wonder if art is mimicking life. Indeed, "The Face" strikes me as a collection of poetry that is still striving with all its might to become an opera, and it won't be easy for a narrative-driven opera audience to follow without an advance reading of the synopsis.
August 16, 2012 |
It seems there are endless heartbreaking stories of unimaginable heroics in the face of the horrific realities of the Holocaust. "Defiant Requiem," an unsteady but ultimately moving new documentary, tells one of them. The film, directed by Doug Shultz, is anchored by two concerts, both of Verdi's Requiem. One takes place in spring 1944 inside the prison camp Terezin where Jewish inmates performed the choral rage against death for their Nazi captors and Red Cross inspectors. The other came in December 2010, when conductor Murry Sidlin realized his long-held dream of bringing the choral mass back to Terezin for a tribute performance.
March 1, 2012 |
The interactive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thrill ride debuting at Minnesota's Nickelodeon Universe will send riders spinning through the air like high-flying martial artists. PHOTOS: TMNT Shell Shock ride at Nickelodeon Universe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock, a first of its kind ride in the U.S., is scheduled to open on March 17 at the indoor amusement park inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The Gerstlauer Sky Fly tower will lift riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower at 25 mph. Riders will control the pitch of the gondola's wings with their hands -- choosing to simply sit and spin, gently teeter-totter like a see-saw or wildly rotate like a plane propeller.
May 15, 2011 |
Raphael Saadiq calls it "8 o'clock," even when it happens at 10 or 11: that moment every night when he steps onstage and savors the electricity of a room full of people gathered to hear him play. "It's a real high for me," says the Oakland native, who's been an important figure on the R&B scene since forming Tony! Toni! Toné! with an older brother in 1987. "The first time my dad saw us he asked my brother if I was on drugs. I was like, 'Why would you say that?' And he said, 'You're this completely different person up there — then you come off stage and you're just chill,'" Saadiq said, laughing.