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January 16, 2013 |
Nagisa Oshima, an iconoclastic Japanese director and screenwriter best known in the West for the sexually explicit films "In the Realm of the Senses" and "Empire of Passion," died Tuesday at a hospital near Tokyo, his production company announced. He was 80. Widely considered one of his country's greatest filmmakers, Oshima died of pneumonia at a hospital near Fujisawa, south of Tokyo, according to the announcement from Oshima Productions. He had been in and out of hospitals since suffering a stroke more than a decade ago. Oshima's first film, "A Town of Love and Hope," a searing depiction of the connections between poverty and crime, debuted in 1959.
November 26, 2012 |
The zombie craze has even hit "Once Upon a Time" -- and this "Into the Deep" episode provided the opportunity for the undead to be reanimated. It was Cora, who seems to be on the minds of everyone in one way or another now, who was the reanimator and the cog that is pushing everyone along. The first thing she does is shed Capt. Hook, her supposed ally who is really out for himself. With Emma having given him the slip and taken the magic compass, she'd rather go back to her heart room, animate some corpses, and go after Snow White, Emma Swan, Mulan and Princess Aurora to get the compass herself.
November 8, 2012 |
One of the realities of a musician's life is that sometimes he or she must work on a birthday. After performing a demanding program of Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartók and then three encores, French pianist Hélène Grimaud was called back to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage on Wednesday to the strains of "Happy Birthday" sung by the audience. Grimaud, who turned 43, last appeared at Disney Hall in 2007, but an episode of heart arrhythmia forced her to end that recital at intermission.
October 18, 2012 |
Attempts at musical crossover pairings aren't always successful, sometimes resulting in more clash than chemistry. In the case of Broadway star Kelli O'Hara and operatic baritone Nathan Gunn, their recent onstage collaborations apparently have proved to contain the latter, in abundance. On Monday, O'Hara and Gunn will appear in a concert of classic Broadway show tunes at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. The program includes extended scenes from "Carousel" and "Show Boat," as well as songs by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein.
October 3, 2012 |
It's been a rough week. A few days ago, at UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, 6-year-old Jani toppled a food cart and was confined to her room. She slammed her head against the floor, opening a bloody cut that sent her into hysterics. Later, she kicked the hospital therapy dog. Jani normally likes animals. But most of her animal friends -- cats, rats, dogs and birds -- are phantoms that only she can see. January Schofield has schizophrenia. Potent psychiatric drugs -- in doses that would stagger most adults -- seem to skip off her. She is among the rarest of the rare: a child seemingly born mentally ill. She suffers from delusions, hallucinations and paroxysms of rage so severe that not even her parents feel safe.
May 13, 2012 |
The 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue doesn't look like much at first glance, especially if you're zipping through at 45 mph. A dry cleaner, a pupuseria , a T-shirt shop and a medical marijuana dispensary line the low-rise street in the North Village Annex section of Long Beach. About a third of the storefronts are vacant. But if you climb out of the car, you'll notice that this classic commercial strip - convenient for drivers, charmless and alienating for everybody else - is in the midst of a remarkable evolution.