October 17, 2013 |
The frantic action-comedy "Chinese Zodiac" may please non-discriminating fans of its co-writer/director/star (and more) Jackie Chan, but will likely leave most other viewers dazed, confused and eagerly watching the clock. The fact that this awkwardly dubbed, stateside version reportedly runs about 15 minutes shorter than the cut released in China may in part account for the movie's convoluted plotting. On the upside, there's now less of this cartoonish mishmash to wade through. Blasting, brawling and close-calling his way through the mayhem is Chan, cheesing it up as a bounty hunter known only as J.C. (which one, er, prays stands for "Jackie Chan")
October 15, 2013 |
Don't believe some of the reports you see online: Jackie Chan is not dead and he's not retiring. Chan will be talking about his latest action film, "Chinese Zodiac," in a live chat at 5 p.m. Pacific time today with Times staff writer Scott Sandell. The action star will field your questions too; just send them via social media using the hashtag #AskLATimes. Opening Friday in North America, "Chinese Zodiac" stars Chan as the leader of a group of treasure hunters who are on a quest to find several bronze statues representing the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
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October 12, 2012 |
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed the New York-based cinematographer's death but released no other details. "If you were looking for a cinematographer with both sizzle and substance, you couldn't find a more adept visual stylist than Harris Savides," Patrick Goldstein wrote in The Times in 2007.
January 10, 2012 |
The Galapagos Islands never go out of season. That's the pitch from Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, which has created "prime-season" rates available now through March on selected 10-day tours of Ecuador's famed islands, which are temperate year-round. The drawing card here is the unparalleled opportunity to see wildlife up close. You can snorkel with sea turtles, photograph blue-footed boobies on the beach and hike to highland forest trails during this tour of the islands made famous by Darwin's voyage on the Beagle.
August 20, 2011
'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' Where: Outdoors in the main courtyard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: Through February Admission: Free Information: lacma.org or (323) 857-6000
August 20, 2011 |
There are artists who prefer to stay out of the public spotlight and devote themselves solely to their work. And then there is Ai Weiwei. An Internet activist with a history of getting into trouble with Chinese authorities, Ai has been outspoken in support of free speech and human rights. He spent 81 days in jail this spring before being released on bail but still faces charges related to tax evasion - charges supporters regard as an attempt by the government to silence him. The terms of Ai's release forbid him from discussing his legal case.