June 11, 1992 |
Everybody goes for a tale of triumph, and "The Miracle Worker" is certainly that. William Gibson's play about Helen Keller and her never-say-die teacher, Annie Sullivan, is about as upbeat as things on stages get. Curmudgeons may blanch at its sentimentality and melodrama, but this popular drama never can be accused of taking a cynical path.
December 27, 1987 |
"In space, no one can hear you scream." But you'll be hearing screams in theaters if producer/director Walter Hill has his way: He's signed on with 20th Century Fox to continue as co-producer (with David Giler and Gordon Carroll) of both "Alien 3" and "4." And he's negotiating with Ridley Scott to direct "3"--Scott helmed the original for the trio--which has a storyline that sounds suspiciously like political allegory.
August 27, 2004 |
Tovah Feldshuh, who received a Tony Award nomination this year for her portrayal of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir (and 29 other characters) in William Gibson's one-woman play "Golda's Balcony," will leave the Broadway production in January and reprise her performance at the Wadsworth Theater in L.A., Feb. 1-20. Reached by phone between her matinee and evening shows, Feldshuh noted that on Oct.
December 4, 1997 |
Three Odetics Corp. founders, who helped build the company into a profitable maker of high-tech video and data recorders over nearly three decades, have retired. The company said Wednesday that it was making several executive changes that have been planned for more than a year to ensure an orderly transition. "There's no surprise," said William Gibson, of the Irvine-based brokerage Cruttenden Roth Inc. "All three had said they wanted to retire.
August 8, 1993 |
If you can't take the heat, get out of the virtual kitchen. That might be good advice for Billy Idol, whose recent release "Cyberpunk" failed to ingratiate him with the denizens of cyberspace. The first pulses of data-borne grousing turned up in June, when members of a cyberpunk group on Internet, a global network of computer networks, wondered where Idol got the cheek to adopt the cyberpunk mantle. As it turns out, the sneering one himself was tuning in. "I ain't no rock star.
February 1, 1994 |
Does anyone talk about the "global village" anymore? How about high-definition television? Those buzzwords of years past have been drowned out by newer descriptions of techno-paradise: virtual reality, the Internet, cyberspace, cyberpunk, the information highway and superhighway, the digital highway, the electronic highway. Sometimes the names stick, and sometimes they fade out.
June 8, 1986 |
The Nebula Awards are given annually by the Science Fiction Writers of America for the best in science fiction and fantasy in the novel, novella, novelette and short story forms. In this collection of 14 pieces are also several of the runners-up, which succinctly points out what a tight, quality pack these finalists are. Aah, and this is like settling down with a box of the best chocolates: everyone a tasty surprise. Some, of course, more appealing than others.
March 23, 2008 |
Will Internet movie services ever replace the neighborhood video store? In the long-term future -- long-term being relative, considering how swiftly technological advances are changing our lives -- we won't move many muscles to acquire the films we view at home. Meanwhile, Blockbuster Inc., Starz Entertainment and other players are hedging their bets.