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July 18, 2013
The Tarkovsky classic "Solaris" is one of the great sci-fi mind-benders of our time, but it's also a heartfelt and philosophical series of glimpses into humanity. In it, scientists discover a new planet and try to unlock its mysteries, but in time they learn all too much about themselves. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $11. Americancinemathequecalendar.com .
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August 5, 2013 | By David Ng
Lady Gaga is a big fan of Marina Abramovic, and vice versa. The two outré personalities -- the former from the pop-music world, the latter from the realm of performance art -- have sung each others' praises  about their shared taste for provocative visual statements . On Saturday, Lady Gaga teamed up with the artist by lending her time and speaking voice to a marathon reading of the sci-fi novel "Solaris" that took place at the Wythe Hotel...
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April 1, 2010 | By Susan King
Tom Schiller, who directed some of the best shorts on the early days of "Saturday Night Live," will appear Thursday night at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre for a screening of his 1984 film "Nothing Lasts Forever," which was out of circulation for nearly two decades, as well as several classic "SNL" shorts such as "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "La Dolce Gilda." The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre will offer "Slow Burn: Three Classics by Andrei Tarkovsky," which opens Friday with his best-known film, the 1972 sci-fi epic "Solaris."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013
The Tarkovsky classic "Solaris" is one of the great sci-fi mind-benders of our time, but it's also a heartfelt and philosophical series of glimpses into humanity. In it, scientists discover a new planet and try to unlock its mysteries, but in time they learn all too much about themselves. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $11. Americancinemathequecalendar.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By David Ng
Lady Gaga is a big fan of Marina Abramovic, and vice versa. The two outré personalities -- the former from the pop-music world, the latter from the realm of performance art -- have sung each others' praises  about their shared taste for provocative visual statements . On Saturday, Lady Gaga teamed up with the artist by lending her time and speaking voice to a marathon reading of the sci-fi novel "Solaris" that took place at the Wythe Hotel...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2003
Science fiction has been exploring the hard-to-define border between the human and the nonhuman for some time now ("Rooting for the Robot," by Reed Johnson, May 25). Early works include the remarkable "D'Alembert's Dream" (1769) by the great thinker of the French Enlightenment, Denis Diderot, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's "Frankenstein" (1818), probably the first masterpiece of science-fiction writing. Johnson alludes to Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" (1926), but the first treatments of this theme on celluloid go back much earlier, to Paul Wegener's first version of "The Golem" (1914)
BUSINESS
January 9, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Monsanto Co. said it is considering a sale, restructuring or other alternative for several of its businesses, including its Solaris lawn-and-garden unit, so it can focus on its life-sciences business. San Ramon-based Solaris, which makes Ortho brand products and Roundup herbicide, has 400 employees. A Monsanto spokeswoman declined to identify which other businesses are being considered for sale or restructuring. St.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2002 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The Nuart today brings back Andrei Tarkovsky's beautiful and astonishing 1972 masterpiece "Solaris" for a one-week engagement in advance of the Nov. 27 opening of Steven Soderbergh's remake starring George Clooney. In 1976 the Nuart held three screenings of the most complete version of "Solaris" available at that time, and, according to the theater, this is the version that it is again presenting, although its 167-minute running time is six minutes shorter than the print it first screened.
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December 3, 2002 | Bill Desowitz, Special to The Times
A meditation on cosmic questions concerning God and existence is not what mainstream moviegoers have come to expect from a science-fiction film, but that's exactly what "Solaris" delivers. Critics are divided and audiences appear to have given it thumbs down, but Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney say their intention was to summon the cinematic spirit of the late '60s and '70s, when moviegoing was more challenging, provocative and adventurous -- at least in nostalgic hindsight.
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September 2, 1990
"Citizen Kane." "It's a Wonderful Life." "The Bicycle Thief." "Rashomon." "Persona." "Pickpocket." "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." "Beauty and the Beast." "Touch of Evil." "Bringing Up Baby." "Potemkin." "Shane." "Duck Soup." "Red River." "Napoleon." "Paths of Glory." "Taxi Driver." "Rear Window." "Vertigo." "Psycho." "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." "The Bridge on the River Kwai." "On the Waterfront." "Dr. Strangelove." "Apocalypse Now." "Solaris." "Intolerance." Yes, Mr. Gardner, film is not art--uh uh, no way. Oh, I forgot to mention "The Last Laugh."
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July 16, 2013 | By Susan King
American Cinematheque is shining the spotlight on the influential Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with a new retrospective, "Ocean of Dreams: The Visionary Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. " Tarkovsky (1932-1986) made only seven features in his career, which explored metaphysical and spiritual themes. The son of poet Arseniy Tarkovsky, he is considered the most famous Soviet filmmaker since the pioneering Sergei M. Eisenstein. Legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman once said of the filmmaker: "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director]
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March 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" had an immediate impact on filmmakers. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new series "Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Kubrick," which begins Friday and concludes April 6, features several cerebral, thought-provoking genre films that were inspired by Kubrick's masterpiece. "Beyond the Infinite" is one of many recent LACMA film programs that have enhanced the museum's popular "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition. Bernardo Rondeau, assistant curator of LACMA's film programs, noted that science-fiction films have been popular since the beginning of cinema, with such classics as Georges Melies' 1902 "A Trip to the Moon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2010 | By Susan King
Tom Schiller, who directed some of the best shorts on the early days of "Saturday Night Live," will appear Thursday night at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre for a screening of his 1984 film "Nothing Lasts Forever," which was out of circulation for nearly two decades, as well as several classic "SNL" shorts such as "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "La Dolce Gilda." The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre will offer "Slow Burn: Three Classics by Andrei Tarkovsky," which opens Friday with his best-known film, the 1972 sci-fi epic "Solaris."
BUSINESS
April 3, 2009 | Bloomberg News
IBM Corp. is planning to announce its purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. IBM intends to pay $9 to $10 a share for Sun, said the person, who declined to be named because the talks were still underway. At those prices, it would be the largest acquisition in IBM's history. The purchase would give IBM almost half of global server-computer sales and Sun's software portfolio, including the Solaris operating system.
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March 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanislaw Lem, a science fiction writer whose novel "Solaris" was made into a movie starring George Clooney, died Monday in his native Poland, his secretary said. He was 84. Lem died in a Krakow hospital from heart failure "connected to his old age," the secretary, Wojciech Zemek, told the Associated Press. Lem was one of the most popular science fiction authors of recent decades to write in a language other than English, and his works were translated into more than 40 languages.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2005 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
In 1998, composer-pianist David Rosenboom completed a solo piano tour de force, "Bell Solaris," for his fellow pianist Katrina Krimsky, in a form involving variations on a theme. In an expanded, theatricalized version that he premiered Thursday at REDCAT, he lavishes new variations upon his earlier ones, in visual and technological as well as musical terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Susan King
American Cinematheque is shining the spotlight on the influential Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with a new retrospective, "Ocean of Dreams: The Visionary Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. " Tarkovsky (1932-1986) made only seven features in his career, which explored metaphysical and spiritual themes. The son of poet Arseniy Tarkovsky, he is considered the most famous Soviet filmmaker since the pioneering Sergei M. Eisenstein. Legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman once said of the filmmaker: "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director]
BUSINESS
April 3, 2009 | Bloomberg News
IBM Corp. is planning to announce its purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. IBM intends to pay $9 to $10 a share for Sun, said the person, who declined to be named because the talks were still underway. At those prices, it would be the largest acquisition in IBM's history. The purchase would give IBM almost half of global server-computer sales and Sun's software portfolio, including the Solaris operating system.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2004 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
When Sun Microsystems Inc. rolls out the latest overhaul of its flagship software for running computer networks today, executives are likely to tout enhancements such as diagnostic tools that increase productivity by a third. But the big eyebrow raiser of Solaris 10 will be its price: Free.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
After years of battling Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. has set its sights on Linux vendors, seeking to jump into a low-end but high-volume market that it's been accused of ignoring. Sun executives plan to meet today with Wall Street customers to tout the company's aggressive move into an area dominated by vendors that sell systems running so-called commodity chips and low-cost Linux software.
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