June 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles audiences had a brief opportunity to catch rising Broadway actor Seth Numrich in a local production of the play "Slipping" in April. The 26-year-old actor left the play early so he could begin rehearsals for a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" at London's Old Vic Theatre, with Kim Cattrall. "Sweet Bird of Youth" officially opened this week and has garnered enthusiastic reviews from London critics. The production is directed by Marianne Elliott, who previously worked with Numrich on the Broadway run of "War Horse.
April 13, 2013 |
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
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April 10, 2013 |
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
March 23, 2013 |
It's all crossovers these days. From the polo grounds of Malibu to the campgrounds of Maine, nearly a fifth of all vehicles sold in the U.S. last year resided somewhere in this netherworld between a car and an SUV. So the stakes were high for Toyota's overdue redesign of the RAV4, a pioneer of the segment in the mid-1990s that had grown stale in comparison with competitors. Often resembling small sport utility vehicles, crossovers are truck-like vehicles built on front-drive car platforms.
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February 6, 2013 |
After complaints about drug use and noise, a Los Angeles-based rave company is moving one of its annual concerts from its longtime home in San Bernardino to Devore, but some neighbors of the new venue are angry about the change. Insomniac Inc. decided to shift the Beyond Wonderland rave from the National Orange Show Events Center near downtown San Bernardino to the San Bernardino County-owned San Manuel Amphitheater after tensions with Police Chief Robert Handy and residents. It stages at least two other raves a year at the events center.
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February 2, 2013 |
On the edge of the Mojave, music promoter Pasquale Rotella staged a rave about 11 years ago that ended with a coroner's wagon rolling down desert roads. Five people died of overdoses and drug-related car crashes during or shortly after the Nocturnal Wonderland concert at the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County. Watch: Video discussion The all-night party of electronic dance music was among the big raves to emerge from an Ecstasy-fueled underground of urban warehouses.
November 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A few years ago, Tracy Letts was at the Broadway rehearsal of a play he'd written when he noticed some of the younger actors slacking off. Letts pulled them aside. "Don't take this for granted," the playwright and actor told them. "I mean, I've never been on a Broadway stage. " Letts recalled the story from a lounge area in the basement of the Booth Theater, where about an hour later, he had stepped onstage as George, that embodiment of human complexity and marital dysfunction in the revival of Edward Albee's classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
November 17, 2012 |
Cinemark USA, Inc., the nation's third largest theater chain, said it is acquiring Rave Cinemas, the Dallas, Texas based chain that operates the former Bridge theater in Los Angeles, for $240 million. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, includes 32 theaters located in 12 states, representing 483 screens. Based in Plano, Texas, Cinemark operates 461 theatres with 5,207 screens in 39 U.S. states, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries.
November 1, 2012
How big a hit is Taylor Swift's "Red" album? As previously reported, first-week sales of 1.21 million copies decisively placed it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 national album chart Wednesday and made it the fastest-selling album since Eminem's "The Eminem Show" sold 1.32 million more than 10 years ago. That translates to two copies of "Red" sold virtually every second in the seven days since "Red" was released Oct. 22. Billboard noted that sales...
October 1, 2012 |
Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth-largest theater circuit, is bulking up. The Columbus, Ga.-based chain said Monday it had signed an agreement to buy 16 theaters with 251 screens from Dallas-headquartered Rave Review Cinemas for $19 million in cash and $100.4 million of assumed lease obligations. Of the 16 theaters being acquired, six are in Alabama, four in Florida, two in Indiana, and one each in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. “The addition of these 16 state-of-the-art theaters and 251 screens from Rave is a key, opportunistic development for Carmike," said Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman.