August 18, 2010 |
If you know about Vitaphone shorts, the news that a newly restored selection is ready for public viewing courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive is all the information you need. If you haven't heard of them, be prepared for a genuine time machine experience that will revolutionize your thinking about the way sound came to Hollywood. Though conventional wisdom has it that Al Jolson singing and talking in 1927's "The Jazz Singer" is where sound all began, in fact, Warner Bros.
March 28, 2011 |
The grand Pantages Theater began its storied life as an Art Deco movie palace on June 4, 1930. Originally, the theater designed by B. Marcus Priteca and built by vaudeville giant Alexander Pantages presented vaudeville acts between screenings of first-run movies. Pantages sold the theater to Fox West Coast Theaters in 1932, and 17 years later Howard Hughes ? who, legend has it, haunts its offices ? bought it for his RKO Theatre Circuit. The theater was also home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959.
March 5, 2012
Wheeler and Woolsey Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey re-created their comedic Broadway roles for the 1929 film version of "Rio Rita" and became one of the most successful teams until Woolsey's death in 1938. The Ritz Brothers Al, Jimmy and Harry were a vaudeville comedy-dancing team who starred in such films as "Life Begins in College" and "The Three Musketeers. " Ted Healy and His Stooges Moe, Shemp and Larry were part of the vaudeville team with Healy.
December 10, 2010 |
Do you know Neil Hamburger? I think he's very funny. He writes such cutting jokes. I'm a fan of characters and I like things that are a little beyond reality. I like a little razzle-dazzle. Have you ever seen him? He's this guy named Gregg Turkington, who's this cool hipster guy who plays this old vaudeville kind of salty, greasy [guy] ? he wears a suit and tells these one-liners, as people usually boo or are confused. He has a show at Spaceland once a month. And he was just on tour with Tim and Eric.
October 13, 1990 |
Julia Rooney Clinton, the vaudeville singer and dancer once dubbed the "princess of hoofers," has died of complications of old age. She was 102. Miss Rooney died last Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. "You only had 12 minutes, and when you got out there, if you didn't grab your audience right now, you didn't get them," she reminisced about vaudeville in a 1983 Times interview. "We got them," she said, "because the minute we hit the stage, we were fun, we were fun."
October 13, 1985
I can't understand how all those actors and actresses have the incredible nerve to participate in the Emmy Awards. "Night Court" is good for a laugh, but how is John Larroquette's performance worthy of an accolade for best supporting actor in a comedy? The show is nonclassic vaudeville, or burlesque at best. The awards are the equivalent of junk-food manufacturers getting together and handing out awards for best "cream filled" or "most outstanding shelf life," etc. I like to think Larroquette has not peaked with "Night Court."
August 18, 1991
I just read Josh Getlin's profile of me ("The Ed Koch Show," June 27). I will limit my comments to one overwhelming factual error on the part of Mr. Getlin. He says that I "once criticized news anchorman Dan Rather for allegedly insulting Saudi sensitivities during the Persian Gulf War." That is totally (at) variance with what happened. I prepared a commentary saying that both Rather and CBS owed the American soldiers and their families an apology for having revealed that the soldiers were being entertained in traditional American vaudeville fashion with women participating in the show.
April 25, 2008 |
The so-called Age of the Memoir has brought with it a wide variety of suspect motives for committing one's experiences to paper -- the desire for easy notoriety or family revenge, or the chance to pull off some unethical fabulism -- but in Julie Andrews' case, the goal was a little different. "I wanted to write a memoir of what it was like to be around at the end of the vaudeville years in England," she said last week in conversation with Patt Morrison of The Times at a Town Hall's Writers Bloc event in Beverly Hills (the two women will revisit their chat on Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA)
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January 22, 1997
A Brea Youth Theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will run through Feb. 1 at the Curtis Theater. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, an eclectic mix of vaudeville, country and 1950s-style rock-and-roll, will be performed by a cast of about 100 local youths. Performances are Fridays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with one Thursday matinee at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children.