November 7, 2013 |
How far can “12 Years a Slave” go at the box office? Look no further than this weekend, when Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama faces another key test as it expands into its broadest national release so far. Last weekend, the story about a free black man sold into slavery in 1841 generated the second-best per-screen average of any film in theaters, with average receipts of $11,688, topped only by the debut of “Dallas Buyers Club,” which had...
November 6, 2013 |
Marcus Gardley taps into some fascinating, and for many little known, history in his new play "the road weeps, the well runs dry. " The drama, a Latino Theater Company presentation at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is set in a fictionalized version of the town (known today as Wewoka, Okla.) that was settled by black Seminole freedmen, who had migrated from Florida along the Trail of Tears and established their own free society in mid-19th century racist America. Exploring this hybrid culture - part Native American, part black - is a tantalizing prospect.
November 5, 2013 |
Can "The Square" put Netflix in Oscar circles? That's one of several questions raised by the company's decision to move into original documentaries with "The Square," filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's nonfiction feature about the Egyptian revolution. On Monday, Netflix announced it had acquired rights to the political film, which centers on real-life protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The movie is considered a frontrunner in the upcoming Academy Award race for best documentary, having won a coveted audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January and another audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
November 2, 2013 |
On the school's homecoming weekend, Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach Derek Moore was fatally shot as he was leaving a movie theater Friday in Joplin, Mo., according to police. "It is not a random shooting. It was targeted," Sgt. Jared Delzell told the Los Angeles Times. The motive is under investigation, Delzell said. Police responded to reports of shots fired at 9:50 p.m. Friday outside the Northstar 14 movie theater, according to police.
November 2, 2013 |
Feng Xiaogang, the prolific Chinese director whose "Back to 1942" is China's submission for the foreign language Oscar this season, left his handprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. He's the first Chinese film director to have his prints immortalized in cement at the historic venue. Feng's works encompass a wide range including feel-good family dramas, romantic comedies and historical epics; his "Aftershock," about the devastating 1976 Tangshan earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands, was China's submission for the 2011 foreign language Academy Award.
October 31, 2013 |
The most memorable magic in Daniel Alarcon's engaging and illuminating new novel, "At Night We Walk in Circles," comes when his three main characters, all actors, perform on various stages in their impoverished but beautiful country. Nelson, Henry and Patalarga are actors in a guerrilla theater company, performing the same satirical play again and again on a journey through the provinces of an unnamed Latin American country. Their "tour" has no set itinerary and their "theater" might be the living room of a local resident one night or an open field on the outskirts of a village the next.