August 1, 2013
Woody Allen's new "Blue Jasmine" is expanding to theaters nationwide this weekend, having launched with very high per-screen averages last week in New York and Los Angeles -- the highest in the writer-director's 44-film career. After such a strong start, it's possible the movie, which stars Cate Blanchett as a society woman fallen on hard times, could set a new high-water mark for total box-office take for a Woody Allen movie, too. But what's the figure he'll have to beat? RELATED: Woody Allen on regrets - Yes, he had a few Check out the photo gallery to see the director's top 10 box-office hits.
July 24, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes had a kind of a wardrobe meltdown Monday when she accidentally set her pants on fire while she was allegedly purposely setting a small fire outside a home in Thousand Oaks. She reportedly wasn't injured, but police took her in for an involuntary mental evaluation, my colleague Richard Winton reported. [Los Angeles Times] Beyonce's long hair got pulled into an electric stage fan during her "Mrs. Carter Tour" stop in Montreal on Monday night. But she kept on singing "Halo" while aides helped free her. And later she uploaded an Instagram video.
July 21, 2013
I couldn't disagree more strongly with Steven Zeitchik ["All in Black and White," July 14] when he writes, "Because most movies are now shot digitally, modern black and white does have a different look than it did in the 20th century, offering sharper and more vivid contrasts. " The issue with the current state of digitally shot and projected (particularly the latter) movies is that they simply cannot achieve true deep black — nor can they accurately depict shadow detail. For those who can't see this for themselves, I have come up with a very simple test that one can do on the next trip to a movie theater: Look at the movie screen.
July 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Does Woody Allen have regrets? His new film, "Blue Jasmine," amplifies the air of concentrated self-examination that has long been a hallmark of his work. Though marked by buoyant moments of wry humor, the film is devastating in its intense survey of a life in the free fall of mental and emotional collapse. Cate Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as a wealthy New Yorker who discovers that her husband has built their fortune through fraud. After losing everything, she winds up with her decidedly more downscale sister in San Francisco, left to sift through the remains of her life.
June 28, 2013 |
Not too long ago, Culture Monster chatted with Theatre Development Fund's David LeShay about its popular TKTS booth in Times Square turning 40. TDF, he said, would soon be offering a new “mystery service” in addition to the same-day seats on and off-Broadway it's been offering theater-goers, at a discount, since 1973. Well, TDF finally revealed its big secret. Keywords? “Avoid.” And “lines.” TKTS will now offer a Fast Pass that allows booth patrons making a second purchase within seven days to cut to the front of the line.
June 28, 2013 |
Culture Monster got the chance to chat with Australian opera director Barrie Kosky on Thursday, head of Berlin's experimental Komische Oper Berlin. He's in town for just three days, to meet with the Los Angeles Opera about the fall production of his interactive, wildly nontraditional version of Mozart's “The Magic Flute.” We met up with Kosky at the LA Opera's costume shop, which was crammed with racks and racks of colorful outfits from operas past - gypsy armor from “Il Trovatore” and a Spanish bullfighter's uniform from “Carmen,” among them.