September 30, 2013 |
"Gravity," the deep space thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is getting the Dolby Atmos treatment. The Warner Bros. movie will be the first at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York to be filmed in the next generation sound format, known as Dolby Atmos, at its premiere on Tuesday. Introduced in April 2012 by San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories, Atmos allows filmmakers to place or move specific sounds, such as a raindrop or closing door, anywhere in the movie theater.
September 26, 2013 |
"I happened to meet a young mother who likened her children to having monsters and wild animals in the house," explains animation director Mamoru Hosoda. "I wondered, 'What if it wasn't just a metaphor? What if the character actually was raising wild animals in the house?'" "Wolf Children," co-written and directed by Hosoda (who also made the 2006 science-fiction animated "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"), is the result of that speculation. Already a hit in Japan, "Wolf Children" is rather an odd story, told in a one-of-a-kind style that feels equal parts sentimental, somber and strange.
September 25, 2013 |
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the United Nations this week is being analyzed in excruciating detail for signs that the long-stalled negotiations over Iran's nuclear program can finally gain traction. What exactly did Rouhani mean when he talked about peace and moderation? The media blitz has been interesting, but what really matters is what Rouhani does with his first 100 days in office. Although a new leader's first 100 days is admittedly an arbitrary marker - the Iranian president's U.N. speech punctuated the halfway mark - in Rouhani's case, it will be a reasonable test of whether he can match his words with actions.
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September 24, 2013 |
One day, mid-summer, I stopped by Benning Violins in Studio City for repairs on a friend's cello. German-born Hans Benning was at his work station, a violin on his bench and a wood plane in his strong, lean hand. To his left was his son, Eric. And next to Eric was Eric's son, Nathan. All three wore shop aprons and the fine dust of aged, hand-picked Bavarian and Bosnian spruce and maple. Nathan, 13, was busy. Head down, he was working on a project that filled his dad and grandfather with pride.
September 20, 2013 |
Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustician for Walt Disney Concert Hall, knows the sound of success. At times, like this afternoon, it is very, very quiet. The L.A. outpost of Nagata Acoustics, where Toyota works, is a modest space - three small offices and a smattering of cubicles above a Yogurtland in a West L.A. mini-mall - and surprisingly, it is nearly devoid of sound. On this midweek visit, Toyota sits at his desk, quietly shuffling papers. An assistant's steady keyboard pecks can be heard over the quiet hum of a printer.
September 17, 2013 |
Top three reasons why (almost) no one showed up at the early Florida Panthers-Nashville Predators preseason game Monday afternoon at the Panthers home rink, the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. 1) Not yet snowing significantly in Canada. The snowbirds don't need to come to Florida for a few more weeks. 2) Truly compelling kickball game in a nearby park. 3) Grass-roots protest of pending arrival of goalie Tim Thomas, who accepted a professional tryout invitation. Kidding aside, there were valid reasons why there was the sad vision of empty seats, duly noted by Deadspin and multiple blogs, originally tweeted by Erin Brown of Fox Sports Florida: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Anthem.
September 17, 2013 |
A historic West Hollywood sound-editing facility - the place where "West Side Story," "The Godfather" and "Top Gun" were mixed - is being given new life as an audio postproduction start-up. The new company, called Formosa Group, has been quietly hiring sound industry veterans to compete with the biggest Hollywood studios. The famed landmark Hollywood compound, which Formosa shares with its sister company Audio Head, has mixing rooms that replicate movie theaters in which directors and sound engineers watch films scene by scene to make sure that the dialogue levels, sound effects and music cues are correct.
September 16, 2013 |
The hills will be alive with the sound of Tony winners, when NBC's new production of "The Sound of Music" is broadcast Dec. 5. NBC announced Monday that stage veterans Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have joined the cast, alongside the previously announced Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer as Maria and Capt. Georg Von Trapp. Five-time Tony winner McDonald (“The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun") will play Mother Abbess. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Benanti, who won a Tony for her turn as Louise in the 2008 revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti Lupone, will portray Elsa Schrader, the fiancée of Von Trapp.
September 15, 2013 |
President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't have been. Americans have almost always been reluctant to go to war. In 1939, polls showed that most Americans not only wanted to stay out of war against Nazi Germany, they weren't even sure they wanted to send military aid to Britain - fearing, perhaps, a slippery slope. Today, Americans have additional reasons to be skeptical.
September 13, 2013 |
Question: As a board director I began questioning the actions of our association attorney and his law firm several years ago after expenditures to the firm were so outrageous and decisions so bad by its lawyers they culminated in our spending more on attorneys fees than the case was worth or settled for. Most owners just wanted the board to apologize, but our lawyers wanted lawsuits. Other owners were involuntarily sucked into our association's litigation vortex. They were innocent victims subjected to the firm's moneymaking machine, and allegations against owners were so outrageous most are unprintable outside of a lawsuit as they would constitute libel.