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.
July 27, 2012 |
Just over a week after his arrest in a Los Angeles porn theater, Fred Willard was making the obligatory celebrity late night chat show appearance to set the record straight. It's a path pioneered by Hugh Grant in 1995 after he appeared on "The Tonight Show" to discuss his arrest with a prostitute. Willard appeared Thursday night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"and wasted no time in bringing up his arrest by uniformed LAPD officers on July 18 inside the Tiki Theatre in Hollywood.
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.
December 19, 2010 |
The word "decline" has cast a dark shadow over more than just America's prosperity. The theater has been in a downward slope since the recession, and only those with their head in the sand could overlook the plummeting number of theatrical offerings, the fall off in institutional ambition, the degeneration of book musicals and the eroded ability of the art form to mirror its own contemporary moment. Was there a drama as revealing of the zeitgeist as the film "The Social Network" or as expansively ruminative about what led us to this current hole as Jonathan Franzen's novel "Freedom"?
July 20, 2012 |
On Thursday, Stephen Barton and his friend Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent had pedaled their bikes 80 exhausting miles as part of a cross-country tour. They met up with a friend in Aurora and decided to go to a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. The 12:01 show was sold out. So they went to the 12:05 screening, sitting halfway up in the stadium seating. Ten, maybe 20 minutes passed. On screen, Bruce Wayne and his butler, Alfred, were sharing a solemn moment. Suddenly, something arced across the screen, from right to left.
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January 3, 2010 |
A small, respected East Hollywood theater was reeling Sunday following the slaying of one of its longtime directors. Bennett Bradley, 59, was found stabbed to death about 5:50 p.m. Saturday in his Mid-Wilshire-area apartment, according to Los Angeles police. Detectives believe the apartment was the target of a robbery but said they had few leads. "At this point, we have very little to go on," said Officer Karen Rayner. "We are asking for the public's help." Bradley had worked at the Fountain Theatre for 16 years and had become its public face, producing director Simon Levy said Sunday night.
February 21, 2013
The Wooster Group and New York City Players tackle Eugene O'Neil's "Glencairn" plays — "Bound East for Cardiff" (1914), "The Long Voyage Home" (1917) and "The Moon of the Caribbees" (1918). Together, the tales of roughousing sailors take on a poignant, lonely resonance. This performance features cast members from both companies directed by Richard Maxwell. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 Thu.-Sat, 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $45 and $50. http://www.redcat.org.
April 10, 2013 |
Alamo Drafthouse, the quirky Austin, Texas-based theater chain known for its special events, theme movie nights and in-seat food and drink service, is expected to plant its flag in downtown L.A. Saeed Farkhondehpour , developer of the Medallion mix-use project, said Alamo recently signed a letter of intent to open a 600-seat, eight-screen theater on a vacant lot near the corner of 4th and Main streets. The theater would include food and beverage service and would open in the next 18 to 20 months, he said.
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.
May 4, 2012 |
Mash-ups of Broadway titles are popular among the theater Twitterverse. Since today is considered " Star Wars" Day (who knew?), the hashtag #Broadwaystarwars got the creative juices flowing from the Great White Way and beyond. (Yep, we realize that's from a different movie.) The Broadway League got things started and, as @WCPlayhouse (the Westport Playhouse) described it, theater fans indulged their inner nerd. Here are some of our favorites. And feel free to add your own in the comments section.