December 23, 2012 |
"Hidden Moon" is a two-hour romantic drama that feels like two seasons of a telenovela - not because the story, set in Mexico and Los Angeles, is rich with divergent subplots and intertwining characters, but because the attention it pays to every fluttered eyelash, flared nostril and furrowed brow makes for one long haul of an affair. Devoid of irony or humor, the kind of soapy romanticism that director José Pepe Bojórquez espouses is a tough fit for today's big screen under the best of circumstances.
December 6, 2012 |
As an Anglophile, I'm as pathetic as the next chap. My idea of a good time is to be in London, drinking at lunch with some well-lubricated British journalist friends, stumbling out when it's getting dark, tea at a fancy hotel and then theater in the evening. Then repeat. And yes, when I'm not in London (that is, almost all the time), I rarely miss an episode of "Downton Abbey. " But at least I have the decency to be ashamed about it. The shameless popularity of this blue-blood soap opera, which starts its third season in the U.S. next month, is astonishing.
October 7, 2012 |
Soap operas may be nearly dead in the United States, but telenovelas remain a booming industry in Mexico and throughout Latin America. "The Factory of Dreams" by photographer Stefan Ruiz goes behind the scenes at Televisa, the world's largest producer of telenovelas . From 2003 to '11, Ruiz was granted access to the actors and sets at Televisa's Mexico City studio and at the Centro de Educación Artística, Televisa's soap opera acting school,...
July 27, 2012 |
LONDON - Colombia is a decided underdog against the U.S. in its second-round group-play match in women's soccer Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland. But forward Orianica Velasquez believes the team has a Cinderella performance in it and, given the path she's taken to the Olympic Games, she knows a thing or two about Cinderella stories. Velasquez, who will begin her senior season at Indiana University in the fall, was identified as a real soccer player while playing Betty, a ficitional one, on Colombian TV. A high school classmate at Bogota's Colegio Americano, who was an actress, asked Velasquez to audition for a walk-on role in a soccer-themed teen soap opera called "Juego Limpio" (or "Fair Play")
July 26, 2012 |
As it gears up to celebrate its 50 th anniversary, “General Hospital” is the last soap standing on ABC. And it hopes its aging knees don't buckle soon. Executive producer Frank Valentini was joined by some of the sudser's cast Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour - and it wasn't long before they found themselves addressing a shifiting daytime landscape. From a high of nearly 20 daily series, only four remain: NBC's "Days of Our Lives,"CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," and ABC's "General Hospital.
July 22, 2012 |
Gold Chris Cleave Simon & Schuster: 336 pp., $27 There are undoubtedly fans of Chris Cleave who will pick up his new novel, "Gold," and enjoy it as much as they did his blockbuster bestseller, "Little Bee. " There is the possibility, however, that some will find it as much of a slow-moving soap opera as I did. Which is too bad, really, for a book about two Olympic cyclists. The two women, Zoe and Kathy, are friends and rivals (heavy on the rivals). Their lives are knit together onward from the age of 19, when they first face off competitively and are taken on by the same coach, Tom. The two women have markedly different personalities.
July 15, 2012 |
When it comes to star power, junior quarterback Alexander Diamont of Venice can more than hold his own. Whether directing the Gondoliers' offense or posing on a beach for a modeling assignment, Diamont knows how to stay cool, calm and focused. As a sophomore last season, he finished with 2,213 yards passing and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions. The potential he displayed has Coach Angelo Gasca excited about what he might accomplish this fall. "He's tough and he's serious and has a good feel for the game and really loves it," Gasca said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2012 |
San Fernando Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre was charged Friday with vandalism and battery of her former lover and fellow council member, the latest chapter in a City Hall soap opera that has residents of the small town fed up. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed the two misdemeanor charges against the 41-year-old councilwoman in the June 28 incident, which Mario Hernandez reported to San Fernando police. De la Torre allegedly attempted to strangle her then-colleague and smashed his laptop computer, according to authorities.
June 22, 2012 |
"Desperate Housewives"mastermind Marc Cherry has found a new employer for his ABC pilot "Devious Maids": Lifetime. The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes of the soap that are slated to roll out in 2013. It was originally developed for ABC and a contender for the fall season, but the network ultimately passed on it. The series centers on a group of five maids and the rich Beverly Hills families they tend to. The sudser is an adaptation of Mexican telenovela "Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar" from Televisa and will include Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty")
June 18, 2012 |
"Hollywood Heights," which premieres Monday on Nickelodeon, is an Americanization of the Mexican telenovela "Alcanzar una estrella" (Reach for a Star), and if it is not the first to be adapted for American television - there was "Ugly Betty," based on the much-franchised Colombian "Yo soy Betty, la fea" - it's the first to be made as a telenovela . Running week-nightly for 80 episodes, in the Nick at Nite block, it will be about five times as long as "Berlin Alexanderplatz.