February 14, 2014 |
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
February 13, 2014 |
"My Name Is Asher Lev" introduces itself at the Fountain Theatre, "A Steady Rain" descends at Odyssey Theatre, and Moliere's "Tartuffe" is up to his old tricks at A Noise Within. DNA New Work Series Two-week showcase includes readings of new plays. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Mon., Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; ends March 1. Free; reservations required. (858) 550-1010. The Who & the What World premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's drama about an aspiring writer and her conservative Muslim family in Atlanta.
February 7, 2014 |
A former Tampa police captain who has been jail since he fatally shot a man after a dispute over texting in a movie theater was denied bond on Friday. Following an acrimonious two-day hearing in Dade City, Fla., Judge Pat Siracusa, ruled that Curtis Reeves, 71, should continue to be held in jail where he has been since the Jan. 13 shooting. Reeves maintains he shot Chad Oulson, 43, in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in self-defense after an argument. "I have been doing this long enough to know whatever I say, there are people in this courtroom who will be unhappy," Siracusa said before handing down his decision.
February 6, 2014 |
The new drama "Villon" profiles a medieval bandit with a penchant for poetry, or vice versa. Plus, basketball players have a hard time scoring in "Lysistrata Jones, " and it's England one, France nil in Shakespeare's "Henry V. " Death Takes a Holiday Musical Theatre Guild presents the tune-filled fantasy based on the 1929 play. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Sunday, 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844. The Recommendation L.A. premiere of Jonathan Caren's drama about two college roommates from disparate backgrounds whose friendship is severely tested.
February 5, 2014 |
One of the defining collaborations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's career was his long association with New York's Labyrinth Theater Company, which he helped to found and where he served as an artistic director for many years. A new fundraising campaign, organized in part by actor Edward Norton, was launched earlier this week in Hoffman's memory that is intended to benefit the Labyrinth. The Crowdrise campaign has so far raised nearly $12,000 for the company. "All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil's great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit," says the campaign.
February 3, 2014 |
If you've ever left a Cole Porter musical feeling that you haven't heard quite enough Cole Porter songs, then Long Beach's International City Theatre may have the antidote: “Let's Misbehave: A New Cole Porter Musical,” in its lushly executed California premiere. That subtitle is coy: The songs are old, and Karin Bowersock's book, about a love triangle among three friends, is a not so much a musical as a sequence of clever pretexts for working in those songs: 34 in all, newly arranged by Patrick Young.