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May 24, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
“The Fool and the Red Queen,” a world premiere at the Lounge Theatre, is actually two distinct plays - the sixth and seventh offerings in Murray Mednick's “Gary Plays,” which feature Mednick's recurring character of Gary, a hapless actor involved in sundry surreal exploits. In the first act, Gary auditions for Chauncey and Rondell (Jack Kehler and Gray Palmer), dubious film producers of an exquisitely pretentious stripe.  After much comically circular dialogue, Gary (John Diehl)
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March 12, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 9-15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Chicagoland Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheers on the Blackhawks on their NHL playoff run in this new episode. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is in for a surprise when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, in this new episode.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010
"Alice in Wonderland" Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, to find her true destiny and to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. "Brooklyn's Finest" In the course of one chaotic week, the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation. "Liverpool" A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea. "Ran" A reissue of the 1985 Akira Kurosawa film about a warlord and his three sons, who find themselves struggling with greed and betrayal.
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October 17, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
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March 7, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
To reinvent the madcap look of "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, Tim Burton turned to longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood. The costume designer, nominated eight times in the Academy Awards, took time out from working in Venice on her next film, "The Tourist," to talk about how she re-dressed the characters (the cast is led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway) in the early Victorian tale, starting with Alice and her famous blue frock. The new Alice is 19 years old, and she's not the typical frilly Disney character.
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September 5, 2013 | By J. Hoberman
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1985 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Capturing the enchantment of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" on stage is no light task. Carroll's eccentric use of language is the magic; yet this quirky tale is usually targeted at the very youngest children who grow restive at so many verbal convolutions. This audience needs plenty of color--and action--to hold its interest.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
"Alice in Wonderland" is a favorite choice with children's theater companies, which is puzzling--Lewis Carroll's verbal magic is not easily absorbed by young children and rarely survives transition to the stage. At the Celtic Arts Center in Hollywood, the Aweezel Hed Stage Company is presenting an adaptation of "Wonderland" that leaves out the wonder altogether.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It was Tim Burton's 2010 version of "Alice in Wonderland" that made the famously blue-frocked daydreamer a steampunk princess. Lewis Carroll's heroine was certainly adventuresome and tart-tongued, but Burton's film turned her action hero. This Alice slew the Jabberwocky and restored justice to Wonderland, taught the Mad Hatter to love again and all those awful Victorians to respect a young woman's choices. This Alice had size-altering cordials, but she also had a sword and a mission.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It was Tim Burton's 2010 version of "Alice in Wonderland" that made the famously blue-frocked daydreamer a steampunk princess. Lewis Carroll's heroine was certainly adventuresome and tart-tongued, but Burton's film turned her action hero. This Alice slew the Jabberwocky and restored justice to Wonderland, taught the Mad Hatter to love again and all those awful Victorians to respect a young woman's choices. This Alice had size-altering cordials, but she also had a sword and a mission.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By J. Hoberman
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
“The Fool and the Red Queen,” a world premiere at the Lounge Theatre, is actually two distinct plays - the sixth and seventh offerings in Murray Mednick's “Gary Plays,” which feature Mednick's recurring character of Gary, a hapless actor involved in sundry surreal exploits. In the first act, Gary auditions for Chauncey and Rondell (Jack Kehler and Gray Palmer), dubious film producers of an exquisitely pretentious stripe.  After much comically circular dialogue, Gary (John Diehl)
NEWS
December 7, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Ask Ken Ralston, the visual effects supervisor for "Alice in Wonderland," what was the biggest logistical problem posed by the fantasy film and, like the Cheshire cat, the corners of his mouth pull back in a slow grin. "What part of it wasn't a challenge? All the characters in the film, all the weird combination of effects and the always-lovely fact of too little time to finish everything ? all of it was a challenge. To think of one thing that was bigger or more difficult than the rest, I can't do it. It was one giant challenge.
IMAGE
March 7, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
To reinvent the madcap look of "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, Tim Burton turned to longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood. The costume designer, nominated eight times in the Academy Awards, took time out from working in Venice on her next film, "The Tourist," to talk about how she re-dressed the characters (the cast is led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway) in the early Victorian tale, starting with Alice and her famous blue frock. The new Alice is 19 years old, and she's not the typical frilly Disney character.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010
"Alice in Wonderland" Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, to find her true destiny and to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. "Brooklyn's Finest" In the course of one chaotic week, the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation. "Liverpool" A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea. "Ran" A reissue of the 1985 Akira Kurosawa film about a warlord and his three sons, who find themselves struggling with greed and betrayal.
NEWS
December 7, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Ask Ken Ralston, the visual effects supervisor for "Alice in Wonderland," what was the biggest logistical problem posed by the fantasy film and, like the Cheshire cat, the corners of his mouth pull back in a slow grin. "What part of it wasn't a challenge? All the characters in the film, all the weird combination of effects and the always-lovely fact of too little time to finish everything ? all of it was a challenge. To think of one thing that was bigger or more difficult than the rest, I can't do it. It was one giant challenge.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 9-15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Chicagoland Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheers on the Blackhawks on their NHL playoff run in this new episode. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is in for a surprise when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, in this new episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
When Tim Burton finally made his surprise proposal, Helena Bonham Carter was touched by how shy and befuddled he sounded. "He was so polite about it, and there were so many hesitations," Bonham Carter said. "He said, 'Would you consider, um, possibly, perhaps -- but only if you want to -- um, anyway, would you play the Red Queen?' " Bonham Carter, who has a nine-year romance and two children with Burton, giggled as she recounted the moment when she was invited to take on the royal role in "Alice in Wonderland," the highly anticipated Disney film opening Friday.
BOOKS
March 27, 1994 | Beryl Lieff Benderly, Beryl Lieff Benderly's books include "The Myth of Two Minds: What Gender Means and Doesn't Mean."
"What does a woman want?" Freud despaired of finding out, but Matt Ridley and David Buss think they know: A woman wants a stable, generous, high-status, devoted, older man to help her raise her kids. They're also pretty sure of why: because eons of evolution have shaped her genes to those desires. And what does a man want? They know that, too: as many young, nubile, shapely sex partners as he can deceive, wheedle or cajole. And for the same reason: evolution.
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