Review: Elevator Repair Service's 'Gatz' a rewarding marathon
"Gatz," Elevator Repair Service's celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" now at REDCAT, has persuaded theatergoers around the world to sit for a full-text stage rendering of a novel many have read at least once before and possibly written a term paper on in high school. Read Review
Rare interviews with musical icons now available to the public
Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger. Tina Turner. Ella Fitzgerald. Bob Dylan. You've heard them belt out tunes. Now hear them speak like never before.
Now the world's largest library has digitized the recordings, which will be available to researchers at its reading room on Capitol Hill. Some are also being streamed on the library's website. Read Full Story
The MAK Center at the Rudolph Schindler house in West Hollywood is about to complete a three-evening series of rare architecture film screenings. The series is curated by Thom Andersen, director and writer of Los Angeles Plays Itself, which contrasts cinematic depictions of Los Angeles against its architectural and human realities. Read Story
Wadada Leo Smith: 2012 comission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard.
The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has selected trumpeter/composer/musical innovator Wadada Leo Smith as one of fourteen composers to receive a 2012 Fromm commission.
With the commission, Smith will write a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Tentatively titled "The March on Washington D.C. - August 28, 1963, " this will be the 22nd composition in Smith's highly acclaimed civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers, which the trumpeter has written over the past 34 years and calls "one of my life's defining works." Read Story
Guare says playwrights' chief worry is not producers keeping an eye on the clock but on the bottom line. "Today's main problem is not running time but most producers' reluctance to produce a play with more than five characters. Four is better … two is best, provided they're both stars. And one big star would be perfect. That's what calls the shots today." Read Full Story
Call it "Long Day's Journey Into Intermission." Or maybe "Waiting ... and Waiting ... and Waiting for Godot."
It is the marathon play or performance piece, the theatrical equivalent of the Tour de France or the nine-course prix fixe menu at the French Laundry. Done poorly it can seem like an endurance test or a stunt. Done brilliantly it can be transformational for those putting on the show as well as those watching it. Read Story
It’s no secret that the California Institute of the Arts is a fantastic school, especially for anyone interested in an animation career—heck, our own Brenda Chapman is proof of that! Not only have CalArts alums gone on to create amazing work, they’ve scored big at the box office, too. According to recent information released by the school, alums have grossed $26.4 billion at the box office worldwide since 1985. Impressive, right? Read Story
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., DWA -5.21% after spending years developing specialized software used to make one of its most expensive movies ever, is giving it away free to competitors...
Many major animation studios use proprietary software to supplement a general 3-D animation system such as RenderMan or a rival called Maya, according to Maija Burnett, associate director of character animation at California Institute of the Arts. Animation studios, said Ms. Burnett, "are very deep into the technology side."
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Fresh from a turn in "Flight" with Denzel, the "House of Lies" star shares his love of acting -- and his collection of world-class watches.
Fresh from his Emmy nomination for Showtime's House of Lies -- in which he plays a cocksure management consultant with a wardrobe of custom Italian wool suits and Audemars Piguet timepieces -- Don Cheadle is living in a Hollywood moment uniquely his own creation. Having just wrapped his portion of Iron Man 3 in North Carolina, he's already back on the Sony lot filming the second season of House of Lies, which returns in January, and more than holds his own in Paramount's Flight. A veteran of sitcoms, TV dramas, action flicks, popcorn blockbusters, Soderbergh ensembles and Oscar-caliber message films, Cheadle is the consummate character actor who has become a star. Read Story