December 13, 2003
A group of us were shocked at the positive review of the schlock the Mark Taper Forum is offering audiences this month ("Likable 'Jazz' Gets in the Swing of Things," by Reed Johnson, Dec. 5). We were attracted to the show by the famous names of composer Cy Coleman, writer Larry Gelbart, lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman, choreographer Patricia Birch and director Gordon Davidson. What a waste of good talent. "Like Jazz" is a bland cabaret act -- not theater. Why pay major dollars for a Broadway show that should have been presented in an intimate club?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1995
Regarding the July 15 Comment ("Thanks for the Theaters, Magic, but Why Such Nasty Security?") by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, this was the third consecutive weekend I went to Magic's theaters and I continue to be awestruck by the sheer volume of foot traffic and activity they have brought to that community. As you enter the parking lot you struggle to find a parking space, something all to common at most malls but never a problem at the Baldwin Hills center. Then as you enter the theater, you can't help from feeling a powerful sense of pride from the beautiful first class lobby to the people who are employed there, anywhere from 35 to 50 mostly young African Americans from the neighborhood are working concession stands, ticket booths, security detail, theater admittance, selling magic souvenirs and providing general information in a very polite way. You can't help but notice the "code of conduct" sign that is prominently displayed near the entrance, but everyone who reads it nods approvingly.
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.
December 27, 2013 |
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Taraji P. Henson | Actress She may not be a household name, but Taraji P. Henson has notched quite a few milestones in her young career. Nominated for both an Oscar ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and an Emmy (Lifetime's "Taken From Me"), Henson has garnered attention for her portrayal of detective Joss Carter on the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest.
January 13, 2014 |
A man was killed and a woman wounded in a Florida movie theater shooting that erupted during an argument over texting, the Pasco County sheriff's office said. One person has been taken into custody after Monday's incident, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Charges have not been announced. According to authorities, the shooting took place at the Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, Fla. Two couples were sitting near each other, waiting for the 1:20 p.m. showing of the film “Lone Survivor.” One couple got into an argument with the other, who were sitting in front, texting and making noise, officials said.
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.