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June 12, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The courtyard at Blacker House at Caltech was quiet at 6:59 a.m. Wednesday, the empty concrete space littered with several splintered wooden pallets, three large tires, a crowbar and sledgehammer. A minute later, the crescendo of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" came blaring out of second-floor speakers. Students began to emerge sleepily from their rooms, messy haired and mostly without shoes, their shoulders hunched against the early morning chill as they listened to about five minutes of music.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The courtyard at Blacker House at Caltech was quiet at 6:59 a.m. Wednesday, the empty concrete space littered with several splintered wooden pallets, three large tires, a crowbar and sledgehammer. A minute later, the crescendo of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" came blaring out of second-floor speakers. Students began to emerge sleepily from their rooms, messy haired and mostly without shoes, their shoulders hunched against the early morning chill as they listened to about five minutes of music.
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NEWS
May 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Into the thrashing, dancing and mud-slinging madness of Britain's outdoor Glastonbury Festival next month will crash the sounds of high culture. Wagner's soaring "Ride of the Valkyries" will echo across 900 acres of field at the country's largest open-air event, usually host to thunderous rock bands and techno dance acts. This year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Oasis and Muse.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2009 | Nick Owchar
Why is Brunnhilde so angry? Many have tried -- Wagner and English poet William Morris among them -- to explain what made the most famous Valkyrie of Norse legend rage against her beloved Siegfried, but it's an enduring mystery: The eight pages of the Codex Regius of the Edda, a major source for that part of the Nibelung legend, were torn out long ago and lost. J.R.R.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2009 | David Ng
Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" has inspired many directors to the heights of creativity. Francis Ford Coppola scored the helicopter attack scene in "Apocalypse Now" to the memorable musical passage. Before him, Federico Fellini worked similar wonders with the score in the harem sequence in "8 1/2 ." Further down the pop-culture chart, the folks at Looney Tunes put Elmer Fudd in Wagnerian drag for one of their most famous episodes (Think "Kill the wabbit!"). Now German stage director Achim Freyer has put his own high-tech stamp on what is the most famous passage in the Wagner canon.
OPINION
January 28, 1990
We think that the Medfly project is doing a great job of keeping California safe for agriculture. We do have one suggestion, however. To perfect the "Apocalypse Now" ambience of a phalanx of low-flying helicopters passing overhead at dawn, we suggest that each one be fitted with a loudspeaker so they can play "Ride of the Valkyries" as they go by. PAUL HUNT GINA FIERMAN-HUNT Pasadena
NEWS
November 15, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not Hollywood, let alone the hot, humid jungle of Vietnam. But when Mark C. Johnson boards his Aerospatiale 350 ASTAR wide-body jet turbine, he's actor Robert Duvall, leading a helicopter raid against the Viet Cong in "Apocalypse Now." "There's nothing quite as much fun as putting on Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' and flying low level at 160 knots in Owens Valley," Johnson says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2008 | reuters
Tom Cruise has defied expectations and won favorable reviews from German critics for his portrayal of a Prussian army officer who tried to assassinate Hitler in 1944 in the film "Valkyrie." German reviewers who were initially highly suspicious have warmed to the film, describing it as a serious work, and Cruise has overcome unease about his suitability for the role. " 'Valkyrie' is neither scandalously bad nor the event of the century. Neither is it the action thriller we feared, but it is a well-made and serious film," said public broadcaster ZDF. Initially, Germans balked at the prospect of Cruise, star of blockbusters such as "Top Gun" and "Mission: Impossible," playing Col. Claus von Stauffenberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2008 | KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC
Hollywood and the people who brought you World War II have been making beautiful music together for decades, and "Valkyrie," the new Tom Cruise vehicle, doesn't disturb that melody. The story of a real-life bomb plot against German leader Adolf Hitler's life -- spearheaded by the patriotic aristocrat Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise -- "Valkyrie" is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2009 | Nick Owchar
Why is Brunnhilde so angry? Many have tried -- Wagner and English poet William Morris among them -- to explain what made the most famous Valkyrie of Norse legend rage against her beloved Siegfried, but it's an enduring mystery: The eight pages of the Codex Regius of the Edda, a major source for that part of the Nibelung legend, were torn out long ago and lost. J.R.R.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2009 | Noel Murray
Valkyrie United Artists, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Despite all the controversy surrounding the Tom Cruise vehicle "Valkyrie," the movie itself is a solid entertainment, turning the real-life story of a 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler into a thriller so compelling that audiences might wonder whether it'll have a surprise ending. Cruise is a steady presence as coup-plotter Claus von Stauffenberg and is well supported by director Bryan Singer, who gives the movie a crisp, vivid look.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2009 | David Ng
Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" has inspired many directors to the heights of creativity. Francis Ford Coppola scored the helicopter attack scene in "Apocalypse Now" to the memorable musical passage. Before him, Federico Fellini worked similar wonders with the score in the harem sequence in "8 1/2 ." Further down the pop-culture chart, the folks at Looney Tunes put Elmer Fudd in Wagnerian drag for one of their most famous episodes (Think "Kill the wabbit!"). Now German stage director Achim Freyer has put his own high-tech stamp on what is the most famous passage in the Wagner canon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2008 | reuters
Tom Cruise has defied expectations and won favorable reviews from German critics for his portrayal of a Prussian army officer who tried to assassinate Hitler in 1944 in the film "Valkyrie." German reviewers who were initially highly suspicious have warmed to the film, describing it as a serious work, and Cruise has overcome unease about his suitability for the role. " 'Valkyrie' is neither scandalously bad nor the event of the century. Neither is it the action thriller we feared, but it is a well-made and serious film," said public broadcaster ZDF. Initially, Germans balked at the prospect of Cruise, star of blockbusters such as "Top Gun" and "Mission: Impossible," playing Col. Claus von Stauffenberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz
So how did Suri deal with the eye patch? That would be Suri Cruise and her dad, Tom, who famously wears a black pirate-esque patch in his new film, "Valkyrie," a World War II thriller about a plot to assassinate Hitler that opened on Christmas. Cruise plays the coup's real life ringleader, the aristocratic Col. Claus von Stauffenberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2008 | KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC
Hollywood and the people who brought you World War II have been making beautiful music together for decades, and "Valkyrie," the new Tom Cruise vehicle, doesn't disturb that melody. The story of a real-life bomb plot against German leader Adolf Hitler's life -- spearheaded by the patriotic aristocrat Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise -- "Valkyrie" is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Images of Tom Cruise in Nazi uniform and an eye patch pinged through cyberspace Thursday, the first photos released from the set of "Valkyrie," the film that sparked fierce debate in Germany over the star's Scientology connections. Cruise bears a striking resemblance to Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the German officer he portrays in the film who led a 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb in his briefing room.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1996 | Richard Mahler, Richard Mahler is a freelance journalist who writes about the media from Santa Fe, N.M
Cable TV is that sinister force that keeps broadcast TV executives pacing the floor at night. Even 40-something network chiefs can remember heady days when ABC, CBS and NBC commanded 90% of the audience. Today they are lucky to draw 60% of available TV watchers on a typical night. "The cable services are like termites; they've been taking little bites out of the network infrastructure for years," says Steve Grubbs, director of national television sales for the ad agency BBD&O.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Edgar Baitzel, who died Sunday of cancer, was the chief operating officer of Los Angeles Opera. Placido Domingo is the Eli and Edythe Broad general director. The titles reveal a lot. Domingo is L.A. Opera's public face, a celebrity able to woo other celebrities and major donors to the cause of the company. But Baitzel was L.A. Opera. If he had a reputation for being known as Placido's man on the Coast, Baitzel didn't seem to mind.
NEWS
May 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Into the thrashing, dancing and mud-slinging madness of Britain's outdoor Glastonbury Festival next month will crash the sounds of high culture. Wagner's soaring "Ride of the Valkyries" will echo across 900 acres of field at the country's largest open-air event, usually host to thunderous rock bands and techno dance acts. This year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Oasis and Muse.
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