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.
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"?
January 22, 2014 |
Nicole Oulson said her "whole world just got shattered in a million pieces" after she witnessed her husband, Chad, getting fatally shot for texting at a Florida movie theater last week. The couple was at a matinee showing of "Lone Survivor" at the Cobb Grove 16 cinema in Wesley Chapel, Fla., on Jan. 13 when Chad Oulson, 43, got in a spat with retired police officer Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, over texting, authorities said. Witnesses said an agitated Reeves pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Chad Oulson in the chest.
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.
April 3, 2014 |
iPic Theaters, the company that operates a popular luxury movie theater in Pasadena, is bringing its brand of premium cinema to Westwood. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based chain said it will open its second L.A. County location on May 2 at the former AMC Avco 4 in Westwood, which shut down in November 2011. iPic has spent two years transforming the property into a six-screen 424-seat movie house where patrons will be able to order drinks and gourmet food from plush, leather reclining seats that have buttons to summon "Ninja" clad waiters.
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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.
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.