August 10, 2013 |
Laurence Olivier was among the world's most accomplished actors, but he wasn't a big enough star. That was the consensus of Paramount honchos in 1965, when director John Frankenheimer was planning his eighth feature, the science fiction thriller "Seconds," and wanted the esteemed Brit in the lead role. What might at first have seemed like executive-suite folly led to an inspired instance of counterintuitive casting: Rock Hudson, Hollywood's reigning romantic-comedy dreamboat, in what is unquestionably one of the darkest studio movies ever made.
July 29, 2013 |
Optimism and nostalgia cross paths in Osvaldo Trujillo's pleasantly melancholic paintings at CB1 Gallery. Titled “Ancient Future,” the L.A. artist's exhibition of 11 intimately scaled oils on panel forges an alliance between less-is-more Modernism and everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink Realism to suggest that the soft side of Surrealism is alive and well and a whole lot more captivating than the aggressively sexualized shock tactics of its earlier...
July 11, 2013 |
The Lakers are in their final window to use their one-time amnesty, from July 10 to 16. Does that worry Metta World Peace, who could be waived by the team to save roughly $15 million? I just got the news ... I'm so sad!!! - Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 10, 2013 My news is that My favorite burger spot called "My Favorite Burger" added extra gratuity cost to the vegan burgers.. Worst day ever - Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) July 10, 2013 World Peace's Twitter feed is a bizarre but entertaining stream of non sequiturs.
July 10, 2013 |
Nearly two decades after its release, "Pulp Fiction" is still inspiring imitators. The latest is Wayne Kramer's gonzo exploitation flick "Pawn Shop Chronicles," which, like Quentin Tarantino's movie, features interconnected stories, digressive conversations about pop culture and unrestrained violence. The twist: It all takes place in the South - or at least the South that still proudly flies the Confederate flag and worships at the altar of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Kramer, 10 years removed from his lone critical success, "The Cooler," and writer Adam Minarovich aren't exactly aping Tarantino, if only because they don't have the talent or inclination to aim that high.
June 27, 2013 |
June Wayne (1918-2011) is best known for starting and running the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, a world-renowned institution that has been going strong for 53 years. She is also known as an innovative printmaker, her own lithographs outstanding examples of what the medium can deliver. As a painter, Wayne is not so well known. At Louis Stern Fine Arts, an introductory survey goes a long way to change that. “June Wayne: Eloquent Visionary” displays paintings alongside prints to reveal that Wayne moved freely between the media, gleaning insights from each and enhancing our understanding of both.
June 20, 2013 |
There's a solid play lurking under “Night Hawks,” Dennis A. Pratt and Robert Vincent O'Neil's world-premiere play at Crown City Theatre. Despite unsuccessfully integrated supernatural elements and a predictable denouement, “Hawks” succeeds as a fun noir romp, crisply executed and diverting. Yet sans the Rod Serling-esque components sparsely sprinkled through the proceedings like three currants in an under-baked loaf, this could have been so much more. Set designer Madison Orgill's convincingly filthy diner (which looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in … shall we say, an eternity?