July 12, 2009 |
Back in the 1960s, two hugely popular literary characters ruled the pages of more than 10 novels each. Though it was a famously transformative decade, both were old-school men's men who loved risk, adventure, liquor and attractive women. Both protagonists became touchstones of their eras. They differed in significant ways -- one was English, suave, favored bone-dry martinis, and worked for a large government organization.
May 25, 2012
Looking for a different way to observe Memorial Day? "Until They are Home," a documentary about the effort to recover the remains of U.S. Marines killed on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa during a battle in 1943, will be screened at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in L.A., complete with a color guard and the playing of taps. The screening, which includes a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Steven C. Barber, is free, but an RSVP is suggested at http://www.untiltheyarehome.com . The event begins at 6 p.m. Monday at 7920 Sunset Blvd.
June 24, 2010
MOVIES Join director Joel Schumacher ("Batman & Robin," "Flatliners") for a screening of his newest film, "Twelve," based on the critically acclaimed novel by Nick McDonell, which was written when the author was just 17. The story centers around students in the elite Upper East Side prep school world of sex, drugs and college admissions, and culminates in a birthday party that no one is likely to forget. Chase Crawford and Emma Roberts star with narrator Kiefer Sutherland. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
June 15, 2012 |
The first time Jon Hamm ever saw himself on screen was as an extra in a Missouri lottery commercial. Aaron Paul's debut was a Method-acted Corn Pops commercial, while Julianna Margulies learned the dangers of lying about job skills on her first movie. She had told Steven Seagal she was Puerto Rican, only to have him request she speak her lines in Spanish: “I was like, you know, I'm a Jew and Spanish is not my second language.... I was mortified that that was my first moment on the screen.” Their "firsts" was one of many topics discussed when The Times brought together Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
March 20, 2014 |
The Holy Grail screen protector can defend against key scratches, scissor stabs and five-foot drops, but do not use it to stop a bullet. The accessory, created by Seattle company Sir Lancelot's Armor , went on sale this week. The company boasts that the Holy Grail, made from "bulletproof" laminated tempered glass, is the perfect defense for tablet and smartphone users looking for protection for their device without giving up style points by purchasing a bulky case. The Holy Grail is available for numerous top-flight devices, ranging from Apple's latest iPhone and iPads to Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones.
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March 23, 2011 |
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79. Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with her four children at her side, publicist Sally Morrison said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Mickey Rooney played Elizabeth Taylor's trainer in "Lassie Come Home.
August 16, 2009 |
First it was the Oscars. Following a broadcast in which the host and presenters openly mocked the low box office numbers of best picture nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the number of those up for the award this year would be doubled. If 10 films were nominated, presumably one or two of them would have a fan base that extended past, say, La Brea Avenue. A few weeks later, in a similar effort to draw more viewers to their show, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided that certain Emmy winners should receive their awards and make their (edited)
June 20, 2012 |
Newspapers know a thing or two about the Internet eating their lunch. But are TV sets the next to take a fall? An Associated Press story from Seoul suggests as much. It says South Korean TV makers "are making billion-dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity. " The reason? Apparently consumers aren't as interested in buying new TVs when it's growing increasingly easy to watch stuff on tablets and smartphones.
October 22, 2012 |
HTC may be the latest company to jump into the 5-inch screen smartphone market, according to a report. The first pictures of a rumored 5-inch HTC smartphone hit the Web this weekend along with a report that says the phone could arrive on Verizon around Thanksgiving. The phone is called the HTC DLX -- as in deluxe -- and has a full 1080p HD display, according to Android Central , which got its pictures from an unnamed source. The phone is believed to have an 8-megapixel rear camera and run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
January 1, 2012 |
The art of adaptation, as the rash of movies derived from plays this season attests, is never easy. The best artistic looters of all time — Shakespeare, the Greek tragedians — recognized that independent vision is everything. Borrowing didn't inhibit them in least. Their goal, of course, wasn't to duplicate but to create something autonomous. Heck, Shakespeare wasn't beyond taking a freehand with history itself. Contemporary purloiners tend to be less independent. They struggle under a self-imposed obligation of faithfulness.