CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997
While I agree with Keith Evans that the new Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge is a "magnificent state-of-the-art theater" (Letters to the Valley Edition, Sept. 28), it is not correct that the university has given no thought to using the theater as a learning opportunity for students. On the contrary, this year some 50 students are working in the theater, some for money and some for academic credit. Students staff Evans' "Show of the Month" series. Further, the university currently enrolls about 300 students each year in internship projects involving different entertainment industry companies.
March 11, 2000
I know it is screamingly incorrect politically, but my reaction to seeing August Wilson's "Jitney" at the Mark Taper Forum was to wish that I was black . . . er . . . African American. If theater is a reflection of culture, the black culture represented in Wilson's play is alive and vital. In contrast, the white culture, if it is represented in Taper plays like "The Dinner Party," "Tongue of a Bird" and "How I Learned to Drive," is whiny, small-minded and anemic. At the conclusion of the latter plays, the audience applauded politely and wandered lethargically away, leaving those of us who love the theater to bewail its imminent demise.
April 20, 2010 |
It's 7 p.m. on a recent Saturday and every seat in the 294-seat theater inside the AMC 16 Burbank is filled. The crowd isn't there to watch "How to Train Your Dragon" or "Alice in Wonderland," but a not-so-family-friendly kind of entertainment: mixed martial arts. Tonight's feature is a highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship face-off between Brazilian jiujitsu black belt Georges St. Pierre from Montreal and cocky English fighter Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. When the action starts and St. Pierre scores his first "takedown," fans leap from their seats, pump their fists in the air and whoop wildly.
October 7, 2012 |
While Ben Affleck's upcoming film "Argo" is already generating Oscar buzz, wife Jennifer Garner has another flop on her hands with "Butter. " The satirical comedy , which stars Garner as a Michele Bachmann-esque butter carver, debuted in 90 theaters this weekend and grossed $70,653. That amounts to a disastrous per-location average of $785, according to an estimate from The Weinstein Co.'s Radius-TWC unit. Garner, 40, is no stranger to box office disappointment. In August, her family drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" underperformed with a total domestic gross of about $50 million.
July 22, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - They began arriving hours before the prayer vigil began Sunday, lugging shattered hearts as a thunderstorm crackled and light rain fell. By the time thousands had gathered outside Aurora's City Hall amid noticeably tight security, the sun had penetrated the clouds and the day's stifling heat had lifted. As authorities continued to amass evidence in Friday's massacre inside an Aurora movie theater, Coloradans sought strength in the face of madness, packing church services and coming together as a community to remember the 12 who died.
July 20, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - The first big gun battle in “The Dark Knight Rises” was underway and Batman fan Eric Hunter heard three pops and saw thick black smoke coming into the theater. Startled, he jumped up but then sat back down, assuming it was a publicity stunt for the movie. Hunter was in Theater 8 at the Century 16 multiplex. Next door in Theater 9, a gunman had just opened fire on the audience. As Hunter recalled the scene Friday morning, he then heard about eight more pops. This was no stunt.
September 22, 2012 |
DENVER, Colo. - Three people injured in the Aurora theater shootings filed lawsuits Friday against the parent company of the theater, alleging that it failed to protect moviegoers. Two lawsuits, one on behalf of Brandon Axelrod and his wife, Denise Traynom, both of Denver, and one on behalf of Joshua Nowlan of Aurora were filed in U.S. District Court in Denver asking for unspecified damages in excess of $75,000. All three were attending the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” when a gunman opened fire inside the theater not long after the movie began.
October 21, 2012 |
The final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney takes place Monday evening in Boca Raton, Fla., and if the concluding round is anything like the other two, the theatrical presentation of the candidates will be more closely scrutinized and squabbled over than their platforms and positions. To determine the outcome, an army of talking heads will attempt to turn the study of body language, intonation and facial expressions into a science on par with handwriting analysis and horoscopes.
March 14, 2012 |
Ty Cobb is in town for a short homestand, the Detroit Tiger prowling center field at a modest theater across from Joe's Smog Check. Not a big place. Seats about 90, or roughly the number of folks Cobb beat the living spit out of in his long, terror-filled career. With Cobb, to know him is to hate him. Think today's athletes have anger management issues? Think they struggle with impulse control? Bunch of cupcakes. Look at some of the stunts Cobb pulled: - In New York, he confronted a one-armed heckler and nearly stomped the man to death.