March 18, 2013 |
"Top of the Lake" is the first miniseries from filmmaker Jane Campion of New Zealand ("The Piano," "Bright Star"). I have seen only the first three of its seven parts, which begin Monday with two episodes on Sundance Channel, and though I suppose there is some chance it all will go off the rails, early signs suggest it will bend toward something even more mysterious, beautiful, unsettling and satisfying than the mysterious, beautiful, unsettling, satisfying...
May 10, 2013 |
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
May 22, 2013 |
Jennifer Aniston joined Ellen DeGeneres as guest co-host Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show. " To prepare for the gig, she went to the house of former co-star Matthew Perry with cameras in tow to ask for advice. What she got was a mini "Friends" reunion. Yes, it was an obviously staged bit. One of those faux-awkward inside-Hollywood encounters that stars love to indulge in from time to time. But at least it resulted in getting three of the stars of "Friends" -- Aniston, Perry and Courteney Cox -- back on screen together for the first time in years.
March 28, 2011
Charles McGraw The gravely voiced actor, who died in 1980 at age 66, played a hit man in the 1946 noir classic "The Killers" and went on to appear in such noir hits as 1950's "Armored Car Robbery, 1951's "Roadblock" and the 1952 classic "The Narrow Margin. " Audrey Totter Totter, now 92, made her film debut in 1945's "Main Street After Dark" and excelled in numerous film noirs, including Robert Montgomery's 1947 version of "Lady in the Lake" and "High Wall," which opens the "Noir City" festival.
August 31, 2013 |
If you listened carefully in the hills and canyons around the Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, you could almost hear a simple ostinato built around two bass notes that evoked the ominous feeling of an imminent attack by a predatory shark. Da-dum. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum. Run for your lives, here it comes! Something deep, dark and ageless -- at least in pop culture terms -- indeed swept into the Bowl on a very warm summer night. But it wasn't the Oscar-winning theme from "Jaws" by film composer John Williams, who conducted his annual concert "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies" (the show also plays Saturday night)
August 11, 2012 |
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers "count meteors in a scientific way and report the results to us," according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Tweet us your Perseid photos at #LATPerseid The Perseid meteor shower data collected by your smartphone can be used by Cooke's office to study and model the Perseid debris stream.
March 28, 2012 |
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navratilova guest-blogging for us while she competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Today, Navratilova answers a few questions from Karen Chaderjian and gives some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts, which she offered via email. Q: You had a very indefatigable response immediately after the disappointment Monday night, saying, "You just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. " What would you compare this experience to?
May 22, 2012 |
After weeks of competition, we are down to the finale of "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night, when the final three competitors will learn who has won, and who goes home without the Mirrorball Trophy. Breaking down the three remaining competitors: William Levy: The world's perfect man, whom every woman loves. All he has to do is smile and hearts flutter around the world. And every time I see him, I think I'm looking in a mirror. On Monday night's show, Levy received two perfect scores for his two dances and ended the night in first place with 60 points.
February 26, 2013 |
Yes, it's true. The new "Dancing With the Stars" lineup has been announced--but before continuing on to learn who made the cut, take the time to open another tab on your Web browser: Some of the names might require a search. Not exactly a good starting off point for the long-running competition show, which has seen its ratings come down a bit the last couple of seasons. Its most recent season, an All-Star edition featuring past contestants, wrapped last November with 16.73 million viewers, down 27% from the previous fall's finale.
September 25, 2012 |
Could “Dancing With the Stars” finally be losing its luster? Monday's premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year - and all this despite months of heavy promotion and an “all star” cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson. It also finished well behind NBC's younger-skewing “The Voice” in key demographics, but the news for “Dancing” wasn't all bad: The show drew 14.6 million total viewers, versus 11.9 million for “The Voice,” easily making it Monday's top entertainment draw.