September 5, 2010 |
When the "Sons of Anarchy" motorcycle club swerves around the mangled debris of a car crash, then wheels over a dismembered chain-link fence as its members do in the Season 3 opener of the hit FX show Tuesday, it isn't the derring-do of stuntmen. The faces of "Jax," "Opie" and the rest of Sons' motley cast are all clearly visible as they bully their way through the streets on mix-and-match Harley-Davidsons ridden by the actors themselves. Not bad for a bunch of guys who barely knew how to ride two years ago. Charlie Hunnam, who plays the pretty-faced bad boy Jax, had done only "a tiny bit of riding," he said.
September 30, 2011 |
The mixed-influences fight epic "Bunraku" is so desensitizing with its hyper-stylized distractions and movie references it feels more mush-up than mash-up. Writer/director Guy Moshe's tedious, confusing tale of a mumbling spaghetti-western drifter (Josh Hartnett), an honorable Japanese swordsman (Gackt) and the assassin-protected crime boss (Ron Perlman) they must ultimately fight is a superficial jag of hot colors, digitally enhanced staginess, swooping cameras and wink-wink jokiness.
November 17, 1989 |
CBS, running third in the prime-time ratings, canceled "Peaceable Kingdom" Thursday and placed two other first-year series on hiatus. "Island Son" will be back very soon, the network promised, but "Wolf" isn't likely to reappear until much later in the season. "Peaceable Kingdom," which debuted Sept. 20 with Lindsay Wagner starring as a zoo director, will be replaced next month by "Beauty and the Beast." "Wolf" and "Island Son" will be replaced in the Tuesday 9-11 p.m.
June 3, 1993
Composer and guitarist Christopher Caliendo, along with special guests including jazz French hornist Richard Todd, clarinetist Gary Gray, accordion player Frank Marocco, pianist Delores Stevens and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform an evening of "Classical Jazz" tonight at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
October 1, 1995 |
Here are the paintings upon which the Showtime "Picture Windows" episodes are based and their film masters. Each evening's trilogy begins at 8. Oct. 1 Soir Bleu: Based on the 1914 painting by Edward Hopper and directed by Norman Jewison. Alan Arkin, Dan Hedaya and Rosana DeSota star. Song of Songs: Inspired by Sandro Botticelli's "La Primavera" and directed by Peter Bogdanovich. George Segal, Sally Kirkland and Brooke Adams star.
June 2, 1989 |
The Ahmanson Theatre's production of "The Phantom of the Opera" seemed to have more benefit performances than it did trapdoors, but it officially arrived Wednesday with a gala, invitation-only opening-night celebration. And the after party, held at the Shrine Auditorium, was a definite contender for Bash of the Year. With sponsorship dollars from American Express Gold Card, party planners McNabb & Associates of New York transformed the Shrine by covering the entire orchestra level with platforms and setting up dinner tables.
September 24, 1986 |
Watching "The Name of the Rose," you may find yourself as torn as one of Umberto Eco's conscience-wracked, 14th-Century monks. Yes, it is splendid that anyone would take on so formidable a project as Eco's 500-page chambered nautilus of a novel. Yes, this certainly feels like a 14th-Century Italian abbey, bleak, drafty and forbidding. Yes, it looks like it too--the 14th-Century as cast by Federico Fellini, every face a grotesque. But no, sad to say, it isn't a perfectly marvelous film.
October 24, 1988 |
In "A Stoning in Fulham County" (Channels 4, 36 and 39 at 9 tonight), a band of rowdy teen-agers throws rocks at a passing buggy, occupied by an Amish family, whose infant girl is killed. Believing that vengeance is the Lord's, the Amish father (Ron Perlman of "Beauty and the Beast") won't testify against his assailants. Nor will he allow anyone else in the family to do so. An earlier title for the NBC movie was "The Amish Story," and one would expect the primary characters to be Amish.