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December 9, 2011 | By Sheri Linden
In the opening scene of "Sleeping Beauty," the main character, a Sydney college student played by Emily Browning with pointed blankness, is being intubated, through the mouth, by a researcher in a medical lab. It's one of Lucy's several ways of earning cash, and the clinical atmosphere sets the tone for a film that can be maddeningly opaque, and at times reads like a risible riff on arty soft porn. Yet as repellent as Lucy's story can be, its mystery has a seductive sway, and it does add up to more than the sum of its insistently elliptical parts.
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April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two iconic female screen presences will return to the multiplex after an extended absence in "Maleficent," Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": star Angelina Jolie, and the title character she portrays. In a new featurette about the film, which opens May 30, Jolie and her fellow cast and crew say the tale will answer questions about the past and future of Maleficent, the sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora into a death-like slumber in the 1959 animated musical version of the classic fairy tale.
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October 16, 1993 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC/DANCE CRITIC
Once upon a time, dear children, in the dark and distant age when people weren't in a constant rush, there was a wondrous, slow-moving Russian ballet called "The Sleeping Beauty." Marius Petipa devised choreography that ennobled every lofty quiver and quaver in Tchaikovsky's lush score. This coming-of-age fairy tale on point entailed three acts plus a prologue.
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December 20, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories. The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep. Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
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August 31, 2008 | Carmela Ciuraru
There's animation as cartoon, and there's animation as art. Classic Disney films such as "Snow White," painstakingly created in a pre-CGI era, fall into the latter category. In the gorgeous illustrated "Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork From Never-Produced Animation" (Disney Editions: 128 pp., $30), renowned historian and critic (and Times contributor) Charles Solomon honors the studio's unique, labor-intensive devotion to both storytelling and visual concepts. (As Warner Bros.
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October 4, 2001 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Storybook Theatre begins its 16th season with a new musical adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty," which is very much like its old musical adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty": not notably tuneful or witty, but pleasant, with loads of audience participation to make it a wow for the 6-and-under set. Lloyd J.
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November 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Matthew Bourne was standing in the bedroom of Tchaikovsky's home outside Moscow two years ago when he decided it was finally time to tackle "Sleeping Beauty. " "It had a single bed and a very ordinary wooden table, looking out the window at birch trees," recalls the British choreographer, seated in the plush lobby at City Center in Manhattan, where "Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," had its U.S. premiere last month in advance of its run at the Ahmanson Theatre starting Thursday.
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July 25, 1999
It's going to be hard to wake her, so deep she is in her dream, in which the young princes of her girlhood attend her, caught in the lights of passing cars, shimmering capes like the oily eyes of the streetcars. Useless to blow the horn by the lattice of the window. She won't lean out. Hands complaining on the horn are not enough to startle in the least her gentle eyelids. They have surely by now slipped into sleep.
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December 20, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories. The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep. Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
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December 4, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At this year's Cannes Film Festival, two movies in the high-profile main competition each dealt with prostitution in their own distinctively confrontational way. "Sleeping Beauty," the first feature by Australian writer-director Julia Leigh, focuses very closely on one contemporary young woman initiated into a secret world of privileged decadence. "House of Pleasures," the fifth feature by French writer-director Bertrand Bonello, takes place within a bustling Parisian bordello as the 19th century gives way to the 20th, traditions falling aside to oncoming modernity.
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November 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Matthew Bourne was standing in the bedroom of Tchaikovsky's home outside Moscow two years ago when he decided it was finally time to tackle "Sleeping Beauty. " "It had a single bed and a very ordinary wooden table, looking out the window at birch trees," recalls the British choreographer, seated in the plush lobby at City Center in Manhattan, where "Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," had its U.S. premiere last month in advance of its run at the Ahmanson Theatre starting Thursday.
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October 1, 2012 | By Jevon Phillips
"Once Upon a Time" is back, and apparently, so is magic. Viewers know that when we left Storybrooke last season, Emma Swan had saved her son Henry and broken the city's memory curse with true love's kiss. Also, Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, again using true love, released magic into the "real" world. With that, there were bound to be fireworks, right? Right?! Well ... There were at least some romantic sparklers. Prince Philip found and awoke his sleeping beauty, Princess Aurora, with his warrior partner in tow -- Mulan!
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September 11, 2012 | By Chris Barton
In an odd collision between art, fairy tales and an as-yet unfilmed reality show, a Ukrainian-born artist staged a live re-creation of the "Sleeping Beauty" story inside the National Art Museum in Kiev. Inside a dimly lit upstairs gallery, the Canadian-based artist Taras Polataiko presented five attractive women who took turns sleeping on a stark, satiny bed for two hours each day. In keeping with the story, each woman pledged to marry the person who wakes them with a kiss for Polataiko's "Sleeping Beauties.
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July 9, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new summer screening series, the Last 70mm Film Festival, isn't heralding the death knell of celluloid but rather celebrating the wonder of filmmaking on a grand scale. "There is so much talk about the death of film, period, let alone 70-millimeter film, I wanted to make sure we celebrated 70 millimeter for the really terrific medium that it is," said academy programmer Randy Haberkamp. "We certainly admire and appreciate what is going on in the digital revolution," said Haberkamp.
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April 8, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Iron Lady/Albert Nobbs Available on VOD April 10 Oscar veterans Meryl Streep and Glenn Close squared off in the lead actress category this year, both nominated for roles that saw them radically altering their appearances and voices. Streep won the statuette for "The Iron Lady," a biography of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that skips through decades of the stateswoman's life in breezy flashbacks. Given how controversial Thatcher's administration was — and how much the conservative-liberal divide continues to be a major story around the world — "The Iron Lady" is something of a missed opportunity by director Phyllida Lloyd and screenwriter Abi Morgan, as they take more of a Wikipedia approach to their subject than one that's relevant to today's headlines.
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December 9, 2011 | By Sheri Linden
In the opening scene of "Sleeping Beauty," the main character, a Sydney college student played by Emily Browning with pointed blankness, is being intubated, through the mouth, by a researcher in a medical lab. It's one of Lucy's several ways of earning cash, and the clinical atmosphere sets the tone for a film that can be maddeningly opaque, and at times reads like a risible riff on arty soft porn. Yet as repellent as Lucy's story can be, its mystery has a seductive sway, and it does add up to more than the sum of its insistently elliptical parts.
NEWS
December 27, 1987
"Sleeping Beauty" on KCET was incredibly beautiful! Borrowing a few words from Eliza Doolittle: I could have watched all night. I sincerely hope "Sleeping Beauty" will become standard Christmas fare as "The Nutcracker" is. Phyllis Anderson, Hemet
NEWS
July 5, 1992
I enjoyed "Sleeping Beauty," the ice ballet starring Robin Cousins and Rosalynn Summers on PBS (June 14). The sets were magnificent and the choreography was marvelous. It made my day! Carole L. Bank, Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At this year's Cannes Film Festival, two movies in the high-profile main competition each dealt with prostitution in their own distinctively confrontational way. "Sleeping Beauty," the first feature by Australian writer-director Julia Leigh, focuses very closely on one contemporary young woman initiated into a secret world of privileged decadence. "House of Pleasures," the fifth feature by French writer-director Bertrand Bonello, takes place within a bustling Parisian bordello as the 19th century gives way to the 20th, traditions falling aside to oncoming modernity.
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