March 2, 2004 |
New Zealand, the South Pacific nation that Peter Jackson transformed into Middle-earth for his "Lord of the Rings" films, was in rapture Monday as the trilogy's final installment swept a record-tying 11 Oscars, including best picture. "It's an incredibly proud day to be a New Zealander, to see 'Lord of the Rings' sweep the field.... It was simply amazing," gushed normally austere Prime Minister Helen Clark. "It is just blowing everyone away."
June 12, 2005 |
"The Light in the Piazza" Original Broadway cast recording (Nonesuch Records) * * * 1/2 Discovery -- heralded by a ripple of harp and the shimmer of violins and cellos -- awaits in a sunny Florentine piazza. Adam Guettel's melodies and words -- bestowed this year's Tony Award for best score -- are keyed to a story about a visit to that soul-stirring city, made by a well-to-do North Carolina woman and her twentysomething daughter in 1953.
November 11, 1989 |
Can a play be too intelligent for Broadway? The question comes up in regard to the closing of David Hare's "The Secret Rapture" at the Barrymore. "The Secret Rapture" had a run in London and probably would have lasted at the New York Public Theatre, had Joe Papp decided to keep it there. But he tried for the golden ring, and the reviews weren't rapturous enough to win a crowd.
September 13, 1991 |
"The Rapture," an upcoming film that explores the Bible's Book of Revelation through a young woman who becomes a "born again" Christian, is encountering objections even before it opens on Oct. 4. The Litchfield Co. theater chain has refused to book the film into Atlanta theaters because of its potential for controversy. Distributor New Line Cinema's own Atlanta representative refused to handle the film, said Al Shapiro, a company senior vice president. "He believes it is sacrilegious.
March 25, 1994 |
David Hare's "The Secret Rapture" at Theatre 40 is an engrossing drama full of subtle characterization and sophisticated ethical quandries. Yet it also has moments of good old-fashioned suspense. So even though the players in this bare-bones production aren't all up to the task, Hare triumphs.
March 4, 2006 |
Matisyahu "Youth" (Epic) * * * So after all the buildup, after the Hasidic Jewish singer became an unlikely Pied Piper luring U.S. rock fans to reggae music, how does Matisyahu do on his major-label studio album debut (due in stores Tuesday)? It's notable that despite its hip-hop touches and experimental quirks, Matisyahu's is a fairly undiluted form of roots reggae.
December 13, 1988 |
Robert Snyder's "Michelagniolo: Self-Portrait," which screens Thursday at 8 p.m. at the County Museum of Art's Bing Theater, is as rapturous as it is stately, a splendid survey of the key works of Michelangelo accompanied by his own words, spoken with restraint and feeling by Snyder himself. (The film's title comes from the Tuscan variant of Michelangelo's name, which he used as his signature.
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April 8, 2010 |
When Condors 317 and 318 got together, nobody knew their affair would make history. But scientists believe that this week, for the first time in more than a century, a California condor was hatched in Pinnacles National Monument, a wilderness that used to be home to the magnificent raptor. Mother and chick are doing fine, said Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, a group that collaborates on condor programs with the National Park Service. Once common in California, condors ran head-on into housing developments and hunters, dying from ingesting lead, antifreeze and other toxic substances.
October 29, 1992 |
For hundreds of followers of the Dami Mission in Seoul, the most amazing thing about today is that it arrived. They, like an estimated 20,000 South Koreans, had believed they would be lifted into heaven at the stroke of midnight Wednesday in the beginning of the end of the world.
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August 5, 2006 |
Benito Franqui just doesn't get it. He has asked himself the question many times in his life, starting as a young boy in Puerto Rico and well into middle age. He even toys with it these days at the ripe old age of 74 as he enjoys retirement in Orange. How is it, he first asked way back when, that so many people believe all the Bible stories and he just couldn't bring himself to do it? That was a daunting question for a 9-year-old who was home-schooled and raised as a Catholic.