July 27, 2013 |
Underscoring the pitched battle to land television dramas, production of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution" has moved halfway across the country to Austin, Texas. The first season of the J.J. Abrams-produced science fiction drama was shot in Wilmington, N.C. But this summer Warner Bros. relocated production of the hourlong show to the Lone Star state, which offers generous tax credits. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Saturday that scenery and storytelling also factored into the decision to shift the show to Austin.
July 5, 2013 |
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president rallied across Cairo on Friday, hurling rocks and fireworks and clashing with security forces in the first major show of defiance against what they have termed an illegal military coup. As night fell over Cairo and military helicopters circled the capital, supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi battled on the bridges and overpasses leading to Tahrir Square, the heart of the protests that preceded Morsi's removal Wednesday.
July 4, 2013 |
Egyptians despairing of Mohamed Morsi's Islamist imprint on society have prevailed in ousting the country's first freely elected president. Faced with a choice between chaos and a coup d'et at , the powerful military opted for the latter. Whether deposing Morsi leads to calm and a collaborative interim leadership remains to be seen. Prospects for taming the widespread unrest th at convulsed Egypt throughout Morsi's scant year in office seemed no better after the military's announcement th at Morsi was out than in the tumultuous weeks th at preceded it. Reports of Morsi under house arrest and dead-of-night roundups of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures hardly seemed conducive to peace and reconciliation between Egypt's polarized factions.
June 27, 2013 |
The unexpected death of James Gandolfini, who was best known for his work on the series "The Sopranos," recently re-ignited the conversation over How Much Television has Changed, which has become so intense and widespread in the last few years that books are now being written about it. Last year, critic Alan Sepinwall self-published "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" to such attention it...
June 27, 2013 |
In the documentary "The Secret Disco Revolution," Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner positions the 1970s disco boom as being a clandestine vehicle for gay, female and racial liberation. Though this idea is not without a grounding in fact, the movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary. Occasionally charming but mostly just slight, the film leans heavily on authors Alice Echols and Peter Shapiro, both of whom have written seriously about disco.
June 26, 2013 |
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
June 14, 2013 |
Six months after her husband's death, Olga Knipper, famed actress and widow of Anton Chekhov, is gearing up to face an audience again. In a dimly lighted rehearsal hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, with two other actors, she prepares to resume her life onstage. Her monologue from "The Cherry Orchard," though, is not coming out right. She fears that grief has destroyed her capacity to feel. Outside a graver crisis is erupting. A march of workers ended in a massacre. Actors from this company may have been killed.
June 10, 2013 |
Back in 2010, shortly after Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity" became a mega-hit on a micro-budget, executives at the studio decided to launch a label dedicated to making more movies of this kind. InSurge, as it was known, would produce films for less than a million bucks -- much less, as the mil was earmarked for no fewer than 10 movies -- going high on concept and short on dough (and costly big stars). Such ambitions proved more attractive in theory than in practice.
June 6, 2013 |
"What we do is secret. " That motto is scrawled more than once in the fanzines assembled in "The Riot Grrrl Collection," this first-ever collection of writings and artwork from Riot Grrrl, the early '90s punk-based feminist movement whose critique of boy-centrism in music and art circles was co-opted by the Spice Girls, then resurrected by Pussy Riot. "What we do is secret" captures the clever agitprop style that turned purposely crude underground publications into coveted fetish objects of mass-media hype.
June 1, 2013
When: 1:30 p.m. PDT. Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1150, 1330. Records: Galaxy 6-4-2; Revolution 4-4-4. Record vs. Revolution (2012): 0-1-0. Update: This is the only regular-season meeting between the clubs. The Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders, 4-0, last week in a game in which the Galaxy matched its season high for goals in a game. But New England is undefeated in its last three MLS games with two wins and a draw.