July 4, 2010 |
It's your classic western pastiche: The good guys saunter through the saloon's double doors. The bad guys put down their whiskey. The brawl begins. But in this scene, rehearsed at Melody Ranch in Newhall a week ago, the two sides compete not with fists and guns but with flips and spins. "What if dance was actually a weapon?" asks the director, Jon M. Chu. "They can use it for good or for evil." Chu was filming an episode of "The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers," a.k.a. "The LXD," a new Web series in which hip-hop dancers are portrayed as superheroes.
October 31, 2012 |
Kay D'Arcy didn't expect what Hollywood had in store for her. At an age when others have been relegated to playing invalids and dowagers, D'Arcy will appear as Agent 88, an assassin who keeps the deadly tools of her trade tucked into her hair bun. The octogenarian avenger dispenses evildoers with acrobatic moves that would impress Jackie Chan. In the opening episode of the Web series "Agent 88," D'Arcy demonstrates her martial arts skills in an encounter with thugs surrounding the bloodied body of their victim.
February 13, 2014 |
Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who has three projects in the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival running through this weekend, says the fatherly thread in his latest projects is no coincidence. The actor portrays a small-town father who guides a son struggling with his sexuality in "Blackbird," based on the novel by Larry Duplechan. That screening, on Sunday, follows an earlier showing of Washington's star turn in "Blue Caprice," which portrays a twisted father-son-like relationship between John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks around Washington, D.C. For Washington's third project in the festival, he served as co-producer on Stacey Muhammad's Web series, "For Colored Boys," a spin on the popular 1975 poem-turned-film "For Colored Girls…" The series, screening at the festival Friday night, follows a father's yearning to reunite with his family after a lengthy incarceration.
March 19, 2013 |
This is the first of a series on some of the top character actors in Hollywood. Over the years, Nick Searcy has played everything from a German shepherd in an off-Broadway musical rip-off of "Cats" called "Dogs" to astronaut Deke Slayton in the Emmy Award-winning 1998 HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" to a drag queen who performs as Cher and Christina Aguilera in the 2007 sports comedy "The Comebacks. " It's all in a day's work for a character actor such as Searcy, who can change personas in a flash but always brings a down-home authenticity to all his roles.
January 31, 2013
The very funny Maria Bamford earned "Best of the Web" from Salon.com and the Harvard Crimson for her web series, "The Maria Bamford Show. " She was also named one of Variety's "Top Ten Comics to Watch" and Comedy Central viewers voted her as one of their "Top Ten Favorite Comics. " See what all the buzz is about by catching her live. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $20. (323) 651-2583; http://www.hollywood.improv.com.
September 25, 2013 |
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
October 15, 2012 |
Actress Pamela Bowen, who stars in the 2012 Web series "Broken at Love," has kissed her Bel-Air house goodbye, selling it for $4.86 million. The traditional-style main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool sit on a knoll with unobstructed 180-degree views extending from downtown to the Pacific. The main house features a media room, a study and a gym. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms and about 4,300 square feet of living space. The gated house, which Bowen rebuilt in 2007, was purchased in 2003 for $2,435,000.
August 15, 2012 |
After more than 40 continuous years on the air, "The Price Is Right" is ready for a major change. It's starting a search for its first ever male showcase model. That's right, men finally will have a chance to wear tight clothing and display floor waxes, pool tables and Jet Skis alongside women. The hunt for the show's first male model will take the form of a competition Web series that will run on PriceisRight.com and the show's YouTube channel in late September. As in the rest of the competition shows on the air, the contestants will have to participate in a series of modeling related challenges and in each episode one will be eliminated by the panel of judges.
March 27, 2013 |
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of Amazon.com. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
September 27, 2013 |
Sunday will be a busy night. "Breaking Bad" (AMC, Sunday). After 10,000 episodes, the gold-encrusted body of "Breaking Bad" will be laid to rest Sunday night, with much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, after which we can officially begin toting up the damage and apply for federal relief. Inside sources tell me that the final installment is written entirely in anapestic heptameter and will be performed on a stage bare but for a wooden crate and a floor lamp. All the women's parts will be played by men, as is traditional, and the men's parts by sock puppets (an innovation)