June 10, 2004 |
Mystic River Sean Penn, Tim Robbins Warners, $40 With the disappointing version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and dud thrillers such as "Absolute Power" and "Blood Work," it seemed that Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood had lost his touch. But he made a powerful comeback last year with this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's bestseller. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play former childhood friends from a working-class Boston neighborhood whose lives were disrupted when one of them was kidnapped and sexually abused by two men. Now, years later, the three are reunited when Penn's daughter is murdered.
March 6, 2007 |
What do a hundred plus of America's hottest comedians talk about when they get together? Each year scores of up-and-coming stand-ups, established comedy stars and a few lions of laughter gather here for the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. This year, as always, the town itself offered a bottomless well of comic fodder.
December 30, 1999 |
After its premiere in 1996 at Theatre East in Studio City, Seth Isler's "The Godfather Workout," a one-man restaging of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," took a road trip to Aspen's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and to New York. The trip is over, and Isler's show has returned to where it began. For those wondering if Coppola ever saw it, the answer is yes--on the set of "The Conan O'Brien Show."
March 14, 2003 |
When Bob Odenkirk learned that Fox was going to produce a pilot of his sitcom idea -- "The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke," about a suburban father who refuses to grow up -- he was briefly elated. Then the dread set in. "I thought, 'Years of stories? I don't know, man,' " said Odenkirk, whose past TV experience includes the satiric "Mr. Show" on HBO. "And somebody from the network said, 'Don't worry, most shows don't make it.'
January 13, 1996 |
MOVIES Updating Malle's 'Elevator': A remake of the late Louis Malle's first feature film, 1957's "Elevator to the Gallows," is in early pre-production at Phoenix Pictures, the new company formed by Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer.
April 24, 1997 |
Where do theater companies come from? How are they born? In the 1930s, the legendary Group Theatre in New York grew out of an intense study of the writings of Konstantin Stanislavsky. Locally, the nationally acclaimed South Coast Repertory got a creative start giving performances out the back of a truck. The Valley's Theatre West was born out of play readings in a Hollywood apartment.
February 6, 1997 |
Both Noel Coward and W. Somerset Maugham set records by having several plays running in London's West End at the same time. Playwright Gene Franklin Smith isn't trying to break that record, even though it may look like it. It's just a coincidence that he'll have two plays running at different theaters in Los Angeles at the same time. Next week, "Rubicon," his irreverent, harsh take on White House politics, opens at Hollywood's Coast Playhouse.