Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsVisions Of Reality
IN THE NEWS

Visions Of Reality

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1994 | RICHARD STAYTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Has Orson Welles been reincarnated as Justin Tanner? Such psychedelic questions hover like hallucinations above Tanner's hilariously dysfunctional "Pot Mom" at the Cast Theatre. The twentysomething playwright-director's ninth play is a stoned parody of contemporary California suburbia that explores the blurred boundaries between television fantasy and daily reality. "Pot Mom" rhymes with "sitcom" for a reason.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
You could look at it at as another example of the networks going green. "Bachelor Pad," which premieres Monday night on ABC, is the latest example of reality shows recycling participants from previous episodes. In this case, 19 male and female losers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are brought together, "Big Brother" style, to do what they do best: plot and flirt and cry, manufacture drama, do a little armchair psychoanalysis and hook up. In other words, high school without, you know, the learning part.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
You could look at it at as another example of the networks going green. "Bachelor Pad," which premieres Monday night on ABC, is the latest example of reality shows recycling participants from previous episodes. In this case, 19 male and female losers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are brought together, "Big Brother" style, to do what they do best: plot and flirt and cry, manufacture drama, do a little armchair psychoanalysis and hook up. In other words, high school without, you know, the learning part.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1994 | RICHARD STAYTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Has Orson Welles been reincarnated as Justin Tanner? Such psychedelic questions hover like hallucinations above Tanner's hilariously dysfunctional "Pot Mom" at the Cast Theatre. The twentysomething playwright-director's ninth play is a stoned parody of contemporary California suburbia that explores the blurred boundaries between television fantasy and daily reality. "Pot Mom" rhymes with "sitcom" for a reason.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1994 | Times staff writer Dean Takahashi
A Different Reality: Gemini Technology Corp. in Irvine has stopped doing work for Visions of Reality. But Gemini, a defense simulation software company, is still in the virtual reality business. Chris Morrow, vice president at Gemini, said his company began launching other virtual reality game projects after San Francisco-based Visions of Reality project stalled earlier this year. In virtual reality, players can immerse themselves in a three-dimensional computer-animated world.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1993
Visions of Reality, a South San Francisco start-up company, said Wednesday it is negotiating with Fashion Island to build a virtual reality entertainment center in the vicinity of the Newport Beach mall. Patrons would be able to experience games based on a three-dimensional computer graphics technology--dubbed virtual reality for its simulation of an artificial world--in a family entertainment center akin to an amusement park.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Francisco company's plans to build a chain of virtual reality entertainment centers, including one at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, have gone awry because of a dispute with the firm hired to manage the first project. Visions of Reality's initial arcade-like center, which would have used computer simulation technologies known as virtual reality, was to have opened last December. But legal and financial snags have halted work on the Fashion Island project.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The financial success of Visions of Reality Inc. depends on how well it can sell its version of reality. The 20-employee South San Francisco company, which has offices in Irvine, is trying to create the ultimate arcade-like game using three-dimensional computer graphics technology known as virtual reality. The test will come soon. Visions of Reality hopes its pod-like simulators, which are designed to look and feel like a real spacecraft, will be landing in Orange County by year's end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1991 | Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey,
Perhaps the Seattle hotel clerk who took David Ross' reservation over the phone believes that all Southern Californians are diet fanatics. Whatever, Ross, who lives on Granada Avenue in Long Beach, noticed that his hotel receipt listed the name of his street as: "Granola." Hardly anyone's immune from the slump in the economy, not even the Elysium nudist colony in Topanga.
BOOKS
August 2, 1987 | Fred Chappell, Chappell's "The Fred Chappell Reader," recently published by St. Martin's Press, includes a broad selection of fiction and poetry.
Ibelieve I am correct in saying that critical consensus has named James Still's "River of Earth" and John Yount's "Hardcastle" as the classic novels about coal mining in the southern Appalachian mountains. To these titles must now be added Denise Giardina's "Storming Heaven." It is a brilliant diamond-hard fiction, heartwrenching, heartwarming, tough and tender.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1998 | Mark Swed, Classical Music and Opera Critic
Did you ever wonder what critics do, when they're not, well, criticizing? They're a lot more than the sum of their reviews. Almost like regular people. Really. The art critic likes junk TV. The movie critic swoons over opera. The theater critic listens to 'girl' singers. Go figure. With that in mind we thought we'd indulge a summer fantasy and let our critics show a side of themselves you might not imagined.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|