August 21, 2009 |
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
March 11, 2012 |
Many big-name L.A.-based designers - Rodarte, Gregory Parkinson, Rachel Zoe, Barbara Tfank, Skaist-Taylor and Juan Carlos Obando among them - have already shown their fall 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week. Now in the middle of Los Angeles Fashion Week, it seems like a good time to meet other designers and labels that are shaping the L.A. fashion scene and giving it global reach. Of Two Minds The look: L.A.'s answer to Isabel Marant. The goods: Designer Sunjoo Moon marries Parisian chic and West Coast cool for a world-traveler vibe seen in fur vests, maxi-length dresses done in relaxed 1970s silhouettes, cozy knits and trousers festooned with subtle tribal patterns.
September 5, 2011 |
Writer-director Kevin Smith describes Michael Parks as "porn for actors. If you like actors and you discover Michael Parks in a scene and you have never seen him before, your brain explodes. He will take a page of dialogue and deliver it in a different way than anybody else. " Parks, 71, is starring in Smith's latest film, "Red State," available on video-on-demand, as Abin Cooper, a Fred Phelps-like preacher. In this thriller, Cooper and his cult have been kidnapping and killing teenage boys they believe to be gay. What makes Parks' performance terrifying is how he deftly blends a soft-spoken demeanor with a charismatic intensity and venom.
July 25, 2003 |
With "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," writer-director Robert Rodriguez has managed to keep the third adventure of his pint-sized sleuths lively and engaging for audiences of all ages with the added novelty of 3-D. All manner of projectiles zoom over the audience, which will be fun for youngsters, but with the film's sturdy story line the gimmick really wasn't necessary, even though it is used imaginatively.
September 2, 2010 |
For a man who's so stone-faced on the screen, Danny Trejo sure has a lot to say. Standing up at a banquette inside the classic Hollywood restaurant Musso & Frank on a recent afternoon, Trejo tells an elderly man hovering uncertainly in the doorway to "come on in," imitates director Robert Rodriguez's text-happy fingers, gestures to the waiter for a refill of his cranberry and 7-Up ("Manny, another one!") and turns to a reporter to decry the flaws in the California prison system before offering some culinary advice ("You've never had the eggs Benedict here?
September 8, 1996 |
What becomes a 10th anniversary most? Tonight, the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be celebrating its first decade of cultural service with an event of gala proportions. The musical fare will include such artists as mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, baritone Gino Quilico and pianist Emanuel Ax, in performance with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl St.Clair, all framed by a champagne reception to open the festivities and a dinner dance to follow.
March 13, 2012 |
WhenWalt Disney Co.executives gave the greenlight to the project that became the Martian adventure film"John Carter,"they hoped they were launching the studio's next big franchise. It was to be directed by Andrew Stanton, who had been associated with a string of successful Pixar Animation Studios films - starting with the 1995 hit "Toy Story. " The source material was a century-old sci-fi touchstone that had inspired filmmakers including George Lucas and James Cameron. The movie would fit perfectly into Disney Chairman and Chief ExecutiveRobert A. Iger's big-picture plan to produce movies that would spawn sequels, become theme park attractions and drive sales of "John Carter" merchandise.
October 14, 2013 |
Rose McGowan is a now a Mrs.! The "Charmed" alum married artist Davey Detail in Los Angeles on Saturday, her rep told People, in a "romantic and ethereal" ceremony on the lawn of the Paramour Mansion. McGowan, 40, and Detail were wed by a rabbi in an outdoor ceremony under a chuppah. Sixty guests were in attendance, the mag said. The bride wore a corseted strapless gown from Monique Lhullier. The A-line silk confection was draped with Chantilly lace and tulle. She also wore a chapel-length tulle veil and Jimmy Choo shoes.
July 7, 2012 |
As the giant spaceship crashes into the mysterious planet, the seats inside the movie theater heave back and forth and rumble like an earthquake. "Back ticklers" in the seats thump as an astronaut dodges fireballs and rolls on the ground. A strobe light flashes and huge fans expel gusts of air reeking of smoke and gunpowder. In the latest bid to attract moviegoers back to multiplexes, where 3-D -- featured in hits such as "The Avengers" and"Men in Black 3"-- is already the norm, technology and entertainment companies are pushing a new system known as 4-D. At the leading edge of the technology is South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, which operates Asia's largest theater chain and has set up a laboratory near Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to demonstrate and market its 4DX system.
August 30, 2013
The 2013 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through Nov. 1. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. SEPT. 6 36 Saints Two New York City detectives hunt for a serial killer targeting 36 righteous individuals. With Franky G., Jeffrey De Serrano and Donna McKechnie. Written by Joey Dedio and De Serrano. Directed by Eddy Duran. Active Fox Productions 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film A documentary about the birth and rise of the Occupy movement, as captured by more than 100 filmmakers.