May 25, 2013 |
CANNES, France - "A Touch of Sin," an early critical favorite among the films in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has been widely greeted as signifying a new direction for the Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. The claim is only partly true. A martial arts movie of sorts, this is the first genre picture by Jia, 43, known for such contemplative dramas and documentaries as "Still Life" (2006) and "24 City" (2008), which reveal how the forces of modernization and globalization have affected individual lives in 21st century China.
May 21, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week, will be coming to U.S. screens in late fall or early winter. The New York-based company Kino Lorber announced Tuesday that it had picked up the U.S. rights to the movie. The film is Jia's fourth to play at the festival and is divided into four stories. L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan called the film "a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
May 19, 2013 |
Tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Oklahoma on Sunday evening from a massive storm system stretching from Texas to Minnesota. Several homes were heavily damaged near the Oklahoma towns of Carney and Wellston, where tornadoes reportedly ripped off roofs and walls in the rural center of the state, according to local media footage. Earlier Sunday, a tornado touched down southwest of Wichita in southern Kansas. That storm system knocked out power lines, dumped golf-ball-sized hail and caused some flash flooding.
May 16, 2013 |
CANNES, France -- Films dealing with societal corruption may be nothing new for Western audiences. But in China, where the government keeps a tight grip on what appears on movie screens, that is hardly the case. Which is why “A Touch of Sin,” written and directed by the veteran Jia Zhang-Ke, created a major stir when it appeared here in the competition. Officially debuting Friday but screened for the media Thursday, “A Touch of Sin” is a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
May 11, 2013 |
Linda Beuret and her husband, Peter, traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia in January to sail on the Mekong River, which had been a dream of theirs. "We were amazed at the Mekong River and all the people who live on the river without stepping on land," she said. At Kampong Cham, along the Mekong about 50 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, they spotted these young monks touching up the paint at Wat Nokor temple. The Santa Barbara resident used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-EZ28. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
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May 8, 2013 |
Depending on your point of view, the enduring topicality of Frank McGuinness' 1992 Middle East hostage drama, “Someone Who'll Watch Over Me,” can be seen as a testament to either the play's thematic depth or to the depressingly unsolvable problems it depicts. The ambiguity is appropriate, given McGuinness' intent to depict an all-too realistic tragedy in terms of existential psychology rather than ideology - a goal taken to heart in a gritty revival from NoHo's the Group Rep. Loosely based on Brian Keenan's memoir of his four years of captivity in Beirut during the late 1980s, the play unfolds in the claustrophobic confines of a squalid basement cell guarded by unseen Islamic fundamentalists.
May 4, 2013
It's not often that an article appearing deep inside the paper touches a nerve with readers. But the story of a 2-year-old Kentucky toddler accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he received as a gift drew nearly a dozen letters, a sizable haul for a short article appearing on Page A-13 of Thursday's Times. Reader Lynn Segal of Woodland Hills, whose letter was published Friday, objected to the article being "relegated" to inside the paper, arguing that "firearms responsibility is one of the top issues of our time.
May 4, 2013 |
Baz Luhrmann didn't want to answer the question. "I can't really say it about myself," he said. "But yes, I do. " The Australian director behind this month's hip-hop-inspired adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" had been asked if he thinks his movies - which in addition to "Gatsby" include 1996's "Romeo + Juliet" and 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" - use music differently than do most Hollywood pictures. PHOTOS: 'The Great Gatsby' premiere "Everything I say already sounds pretentious," he replied with a note of hesitation unusual for the voluble filmmaker.
May 4, 2013 |
Jeffrey Weinstein once swept through 19 Denver restaurants in six hours, a feat that most people would characterize as gluttony. Weinstein calls it research. Eating out is more than a hobby for the founder and co-chief executive of the Counter, a growing Culver City chain of build-your-own-burger eateries. In its 10 years, the company has been mentioned on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," adored by reviewers and touted as one of the forefathers of the so-called better burger craze. Weinstein, a culinary school grad, spends his time at the helm reading cookbooks, determining whether his Midwest menus are ready for spicy Sriracha sauce (yes)
May 1, 2013 |
Pierce Brosnan was self-assured and sexy as James Bond in four blockbusters. He warbled ABBA in the 2008 musical "Mamma Mia!" and played a former British prime minister in Roman Polanski's 2010 thriller "The Ghost Writer. " But be vulnerable? Not so much. Enter Danish director Susanne Bier, whose complex family drama "In a Better World" won the foreign language Oscar two years ago. She was looking to do an unabashed romantic comedy. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films "There are so many cynical films at the moment and cynical romantic comedies of various kinds," she said.