June 5, 2012 |
"The Wire"may have earned plenty of honors during its five-season run on HBO, but one thing it didn't garner was a lot of laughs. The people at Funny or Die are working to fix that with "The Wire: The Musical," a short video parody of the grim and gritty drama series that has the added virtue of including several members of the original cast, includingMichael K. Williams, reprising his role as Omar. Other familiar "Wire" faces include Andre Royo, jonesing for a hit as the homeless junkie Bubbles; Sonja Sohn as Greggs the cop; Larry Gilliard Jr. as ill-fated dealer D'Angelo Barksdale; and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson as fans of "The Wire" have never seen her before.
June 7, 2011
David Simon, executive producer of "Treme," "Generation Kill" and "The Wire," talks about life as a show runner on three of HBO's signature dramas. How did working as a newspaper journalist at the Baltimore Sun prepare you for being a TV show runner? There might be people in this industry who would suggest being a former journalist inhibits me. [chuckles] I'm not being facetious. It can be looked upon as an asset or a genuinely crippling factor. I'm not particularly equipped to be in the industry.
June 5, 2011
Playboy Jazz Festival When : 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 3 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday Where : Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. Lineup : Saturday : The LAUSD All City High School Big Band, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Cosby All-Stars, A Night in Treme featuring Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins, SFJAZZ Collective, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Fourplay, Terence Blanchard with the Roots, Dianne Reeves. Sunday : Pullum High School Jazz Band, Carlos Varela, Bill Cunliffe and the Resonance Big Band, An African Tribute to James Brown, Geri Allen and Her Timeline Band, Harmony 3, Naturally 7, John Scofield and Robben Ford, Lee Konitz New Quartet, Buddy Guy. Price : $20 to $150 Info : (310)
May 8, 2011 |
Every city has its own singular character — just ask Minneapolis about St. Paul — but there is perhaps no American city as singularly singular, as stubbornly exotic, as attached to its difference as New Orleans, that funky little cosmopolis set down in a bowl between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. A blighted town with a tourist economy, stuck in time and outside of time, conservative and anarchic, vulnerable and violent, it is the City That Care Forgot but sometimes also the City That Forgets to Care.
March 27, 2011 |
Tangled Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 It's a testament to how strong a year 2010 was for animation that Disney released its best non-Pixar feature in two decades yet didn't even get a best animated feature Oscar nomination. Ah, well. The studio will just have to settle for a half-billion-dollar worldwide gross and the satisfaction of having produced a new classic. "Tangled's" riff on Rapunzel sees the long-haired princess adventuring outside her tower with the help of a handsome thief in a movie full of catchy songs, clever visual gags and gorgeous computer-generated imagery.
June 16, 2010 |
Shooting has just wrapped for the season on HBO's "Treme," and Khandi Alexander is packing up, trying to fit Zulu parade coconuts and Mardis Gras beads into her boxes along with an overflow of bittersweet memories. "What we've gone through down here in the past few months — it seems surreal. I don't have the vocabulary to describe it," says the actress, whose inner fire and sharp-etched strength have helped make her character, New Orleans bar owner LaDonna Batiste-Williams, one of the standouts in the new show from David Simon, creator of HBO's "The Wire."