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.
October 11, 2012 |
The abiding principle of screwball comedy is that as situations worsen for the characters in the story, the enjoyment level for the audience improves. That is not the case with "3,2,1 … Frankie Go Boom," a noisy stab at wacky wrongness that starts with reasonably plump possibility as a dispatch from the frontlines of viral video embarrassment hell. Skittish wannabe author Frankie (Charlie Hunnam), a self-imposed desert hermit, gingerly tests the waters of letting back into his life wayward brother Bruce (Chris O'Dowd)
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.
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.
January 3, 1998 |
They first rode in 1954 as Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai." Then came the "The Magnificent Seven," the U.S. movie in 1960, followed by three sequels. So what may have passed as an original idea some years ago is now covered by saddle sores. No wonder, then, that Saturday's two-hour debut of "The Magnificent Seven" the CBS series, is about as exciting as "The Magnificent Ambersons." Although not nearly as watchable.