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February 28, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What would happen if a psychopath fell for a sociopath? The short answer in "Stoker" is people die. The longer answer in the new thriller from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook is a bizarrely perverse, beautifully rendered mystery that you may or may not care to solve. It has fine performances from Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman - we'll leave you guessing who's the more twisted of that trio. And an out-of-nowhere script from rising British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor Wentworth Miller, best known for starring in the edgy TV drama series "Prison Break.
February 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The list of superstar tribute shows in Las Vegas is expanding this week. Beginning Thursday, the long-running "Legends in Concert" opens in its new home at the Flamingo . On Friday, "Stars in Concert," the genre's newest entry, premieres at the free-standing Boulevard Theatre . And look-alike, sound-alike junkies can add "Tribute Royalty" -- already showing at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops --...
February 23, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Two of New York's most prominent experimental troupes, the Wooster Group and Richard Maxwell's New York City Players, have joined forces to tackle a trio of early one-act dramas written by Eugene O'Neill about seafaring men and that vast expanse of briny rootlessness that is their existential home. There are, in short, three contrasting sensibilities at work in this production of "Early Plays," which opened Thursday at REDCAT, where it runs through Sunday. But they are united in their desire to cleanse the palate of theatergoers accustomed to a menu of stale and flavorless familiarity.
February 19, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The VH1 biopic of platinum-selling girl group TLC is taking shape. Rapper and VMA stage crasher Lil Mama, Keke Palmer and actress-singer Drew Sidora (“The Game”) are set to portray the groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop/pop trio known for its brazen anthems and fiery interpersonal drama. "I would sing 'No Scrubs' over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn't the fourth member of TLC," Palmer said in a statement announcing her casting.
February 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
One is real, one is Super, and one is the future. Such were KiaÂ"s offerings at ThursdayÂ"s Chicago Auto Show. The automaker used its news conference to unveil the all-new Kia Forte Hatchback, a special edition Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid show car, and the Cross GT Concept. Photos: Kia's trio of vehicles at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Only the Forte Hatchback is confirmed for production. The Optima Hybrid was created in conjunction with DC Comics to raise awareness for DC Entertainment'Â's "Â"We Can Be HeroesÂ"" charitable campaign, while the Cross GT was created to tease the design direction of a future Kia product.
February 7, 2013
Fresh off an eclectic monthlong residency at the Blue Whale, Grammy-nominated keyboardist John Beasley leads this funk and soul-jazz-oriented trio joined by bassist Daryl Jones and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. The trio, titled 3 Brave Souls, will be joined by a pair of vocalists in Nayanna Holley and Dwight Trible, who reliably can take any song directly into interstellar space. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. .
February 3, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Considering the powerful audience that New York trio Fun. performed for last month, its set during next week's Grammys telecast must feel like a house party gig. "When President Obama asks you to play, there's no way you can say no," said Nate Ruess, the group's singer, about Fun.'s set at the president's inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. "Just before we met him I had to keep reminding myself, 'Don't call him Obama!' I wound up going with 'Mr. President' instead. " Those are the kinds of welcome new quandaries now facing Ruess and his band.
January 10, 2013
Equally adept with classical and jazz, New York-based pianist Uri Caine performs with a trio that includes bassist Drew Gress and drummer Clarence Penn for a night that should be reminiscent of his celebrated Village Vanguard live recordings and his 2011 album "Siren" (which surprisingly marked his first studio recording in a trio). The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Suite 301., L.A. Sat., 9 p.m. $15 .
January 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Audi will use the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to add a little more speed to its lineup. The company will be unveiling on Monday, Jan. 14 a revised R8 lineup for 2014, an RS5 convertible and the fastest version yet of its Q5 crossover SUV, the SQ5. R8 The R8 gang starts by gaining a new member in the form of the R8 V10 Plus. The car will wring 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Audi says it also sheds about 100 pounds by using carbon fiber for several body panels, swapping in a small fuel tank and adding ceramic brakes.
January 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“X Factor” fan favorite Emblem3 have inked a deal with Syco Music and Columbia Records, the labels announced on Wednesday. News of the deal shouldn't come as a surprise to viewers. Week after week, the young Huntington Beach trio made up of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and best friend Drew Chadwick made teenage girls swoon with sunny renditions of other artists' hit songs on the Fox competition series.   A fusion of pop, ska and hip-hop - think Sublime, only dreamier with washboard abs and tousled hair - Emblem3 were pegged as early front-runners but came in fourth place after a surprising elimination (country crooner Tate Stevens won the prize)
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