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February 9, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Fond of Fonda: Peter Fonda is returning to Hollywood--via stage, not screen--as director of Joseph G. Tidwell III's drama "Southern Rapture," opening April 2 at the Met Theatre. Fonda has cast actress Sally Kirkland and country star Dwight Yoakam, who is also producing.
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Terry Bradshaw has a loyal following in Pittsburgh. I don't know. Something about winning four Super Bowls with some team called the Steelers. So who better than the blond bomber to kick off a summer concert series June 14 that also features Motown legend Smokey Robinson and old-school favorites the Oak Ridge Boys and 38 Special at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pa., about 30 minutes outside of the Steel City? Sounds great. He can just stand there and tell football anecdotes while laying on that down-home charm that has made him a favorite during Fox's football coverage all these years.
July 9, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Bradley Wiggins won the first big time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, strengthening his grip on the overall leader's yellow jersey in the process. Wiggins dominated the 25.8-mile race against the clock in Stage 9 of the race, between Arc-et Senans and Besancon. "That was my physical best out there," said Wiggins, a three-time Olympic track champion who is attempting to become the first British winner of the Tour. "It's probably my best time trial ever. " He finished 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Christopher Froome, Wiggins' Sky teammate and countryman, and 1:43 ahead of Australian Cadel Evans, who finished sixth.
April 19, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It was lost and now it's found, and the world of Orson Welles enthusiasts, which very much includes me, counts itself grateful and amazed. I am talking about 66 minutes of footage from an endeavor called "Too Much Johnson," which Welles shot in 1938, three years before "Citizen Kane" changed everything. Not only had this material never been seen publicly, it had been presumed gone forever when the villa in Spain where Welles thought it was stored burned down nearly half a century ago. Discovered in a warehouse in Pordenone, Italy, by local film society Cinemazero and beautifully restored via a collaboration between the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and the National Film Preservation Foundation, "Too Much Johnson" is ready for its Los Angeles close-up.
June 10, 2010
STAGE Time may have softened the edges of the punk rock icon's aggro stance at the mike — gone are the days of club riots, LAPD raids and endless van hauls across the country — yet Henry Rollins still seethes with a bemused intensity and an endless flow of words and opinions on seemingly everything under the sun, from RuPaul to BP to Bad Brains. Rollins' Frequent Flyer Tour touches down for a three-night stand at Largo at the Coronet, 336 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sun.
June 14, 2013 | By August Brown
The concert promoter Live Nation and an unnamed engineer are among those facing charges stemming from the collapse of a stage in Toronto last year, hours before the band Radiohead was scheduled to perform, according to Canada's CBC. The stage collapse at Toronto's Downsview Park last June killed a drum technician for Radiohead and injured three others. The CBC reported that the  Ontario Ministry of Labour is charging  Live Nation Canada Inc., Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP Inc., Optex Staging & Services Inc., and an engineer with violations of Canada's Occupational Health and Safety Act. Live Nation Canada and Live Nation Ontario face four charges apiece.  The engineer is facing one charge of  “endangering a worker, as a result of his advice that is given or his certification that is made negligently or incompetently.” Optex, which has built stages for Lollapalooza and U2, faces four charges relating to the the structural integrity of the stage.
February 18, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
It's no secret that Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic, the producers of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, are trying to keep this year's show moving along at a speedy pace after a series of telecasts that often seemed never-ending. That effort is even being reflected in the design of the Oscars set, which was unveiled by production designer David Rockwell on Wednesday morning outside Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Rockwell has configured a set for the March 7 show that has multiple presentation areas whose pieces will be able to quickly transform.
April 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Mikhail Baryshnikov's earliest experience in the theater began when he was a child of just 4 or 5 in present-day Latvia, then a part of the Soviet Union. His mother, a Russian speaker unfamiliar with the local tongue, would drag along her young son to play interpreter. Now, after a career in dance, film and television, he's performing the title role in "Man in a Case," a multimedia adaptation of two short stories by Anton Chekhov running April 24 through May 10 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
April 16, 2014 | By David Ng
Phillip Hayes Dean, the theater actor, director and playwright whose stage biography of Paul Robeson is currently being performed in Los Angeles, has died at age 83. Dean died Monday in L.A. of an aortic aneurysm, according to a spokeswoman for the play. Dean wrote "Paul Robeson," and the drama opened in 1978 on Broadway in a production starring James Earl Jones. The playwright recently directed the drama in a production starring Keith David that is running at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in L.A. through April 27. The play, which features just one actor and a musician, follows the life of the pioneering black stage and screen actor.
April 12, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England - The history play, that genre that at its best transcends the oft-quoted line in Shakespeare's "Richard II" - "let us sit upon the ground, And tell sad stories of the death of kings" - is making a striking comeback in Britain. The hottest theatrical offering in recent months has been a two-part, six-hour dramatization of the political machinations of Henry VIII's court. The Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies," adapted from Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels by Mike Poulton, returns us to 16th century England, with the slippery political operator Thomas Cromwell getting a fairer-than-usual shake in this dynamic retelling.
April 12, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop - it just fell off. Such are the dangers when you're a character in the Bristol Old Vic's latest production with the Handspring Puppet Company. The collaboration that turned skeletal steel and leather into "War Horse" is at it again, this time creating illusions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through Wednesday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with little more than wood and rubber bands. The rudimentary puppets in the show do get bashed and occasionally broken, said assistant stage manager Andy Guard, who performed emergency Oberon finger reattachment during the first week "Midsummer's Night" played in L.A. Some are essentially blocks of wood with no mechanical function, but others flutter and fly, as animated as the actors running onstage.
April 12, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Even after nine decades as an actor, Norman Lloyd loves to perform - even if it's for an audience of one. During a recent interview, Lloyd was brandishing the cleaver used in "Man From the South," the landmark 1960 episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" starring Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre that Lloyd directed. The ironically macabre tale revolves around a young gambler who makes a gruesome bet with an elderly man to win the man's convertible. If the gambler's lighter lights 10 times straight he will win the car, but if it doesn't the man will cut the gambler's pinkie finger off with a cleaver.
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
April 12, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
TEL AVIV - Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. "Can I see more duck lips?" the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. FOR THE RECORD: Tamer Nafar: A profile of Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar in the April 13 Arts and Books section said that SodaStream, a company that manufactures beverage carbonation machines, was headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - "Don't speak! Don't speak!" Dianne Wiest immortalized these words in her Oscar-winning portrayal of aging Broadway diva Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," and I kept murmuring them to myself for a different reason while writing this review of the new musical adaptation. There's certainly much to savor in this gin fizz cocktail of a show, tossed back in the Art Deco glory of Prohibition-era New York. But the ostentatious flaws of this much-anticipated production, which opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre, make it difficult for me to hold my tongue.
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