July 18, 2013 |
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
July 11, 2013 |
California has had term limits in the Legislature since 1990. Boy, that's really made a massive difference in the quality of governance, hasn't it? In Los Angeles, the rules now limit City Council member to three terms in their seats, and a consequence is that where once local legislators kept a weather eye for vacant jobs in Sacramento, now it's the other way around: Sacramento legislators are looking to city seats as their next political berths. All this is by way of getting to Joel Wachs, who did what no Angeleno -- at least not of any current generation -- is likely to do. Wachs served for 30 years as an L.A. City Council member, representing part of the San Fernando Valley.
July 5, 2013 |
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
March 22, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant is expected to play on Friday night after missing two games and playing only 12 minutes in one other game because of a severely sprained ankle. His wax figure went through a similar recovery process. Bryant's likeness, at Madame Tussauds Hollywood , was fitted with a muscle stimulator, similar to the device the Lakers All-Star guard used to help treat his ankle. Additionally fans signed a giant get-well card at the feet of Bryant's figure, wishing him a quick recovery.
February 14, 2013 |
When Marjory Gilbert read a Times On Location story about the movie "Bukowski," produced and directed by James Franco, it brought back vivid memories of her long-ago encounter with the late poet. Gilbert was working as a clerk in the history department at Cal State Los Angeles in the late 1970s when she joined a grad student friend to hear Charles Bukowski give a reading of his poetry at a campus bookstore. "It was quite an evening," said Gilbert, who is 90 and lives in Claremont.
February 13, 2013 |
Want to spend Valentine's Day with Rihanna , Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ? They're all at Madame Tussauds Hollywood (sort of) along with Elvis Presley and the late Whitney Houston . Couples who buy a $40 package to tour the wax museum on Thursday also will receive a souvenir of their entwined hands in wax - for free. The deal: The "couple's handhold," as Madame Tussauds explains it, is just what it sounds like: You and your Valentine (or anyone) clutch hands and dip them in wax a few times.