Brilliant Traces - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Experiencing the almost 30-year-old play Brilliant Traces at the Underground Theatre put me in a quandary. I left thinking, "What did I just see? What were they trying to say?" The next day I bought the play book. "This," I thought, ...
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Hidden Figures - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Watch the video here! I loved 'Hidden Figures' so much that I saw it twice, and I'll probably see it again. It is one of the most inspiring, touching films I've seen in a long time. It's also a film that reminds us there are times ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 12/30/16
Posted By Susan Hornik
Life may be give us lemons, but it's always up to us to create lemonade. Discover Hollywood's Susan Hornik has put together a collection of interesting items that is sure to help you start the New Year off right. HEALTH I am going to start the year ...
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The King and I - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
The multi-Tony-winning musical, The King and I, by Rogers and Hammerstein, dances its way into the heart of theatre goers at the Pantages Theatre this winter season. Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana star in the fourth revival of the Broadway ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
Paramount Pictures, an integral part of Hollywood for more than 100 years, is making a $700-million investment that will allow the studio to advance its facilities with the newest technology, create entertainment jobs in Hollywood and preserve the ...
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From The Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
Everything is topsy-turvy these days, post-election drama and the usual holiday scramble are making our lives even more hectic. Add to this Hollywood's Awards Season and the mood is electric. In the midst of all this, we take a pause to acknowledge ...
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Inside Job - Film Review
Posted By Bill Garry
I don't know if Inside Job, the debut short from Matt Nagin, will do much for America's image in the world (it just won First Place in competition at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes ), but it is a dynamic showcase for this up-and-coming actor, ...
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Bakersfield Mist - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry You walk through the intimate theater's door into a kitschy, run-down mobile home in Bakersfield. Mellow music from a local radio station is playing. Maude Gutman, foul-mouthed and 70, is sitting at her kitchen table waiting for a ...
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Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
Posted By Joan Alperin
Once upon a time far far away in another galaxy Star Wars was born. Well it wasn't another galaxy where it was born, but that's where the action takes place. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is part one of an anthology. The film is set in a time before ...
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La La Land - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
When I saw "Whiplash" I knew I was seeing the birth of a brilliant director and now with Damien Chazelle's latest film, "La La Land" he more than proves I was right. This flm is not only a beautiful homage to the musicals of long ago, but it's a ...
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When Jazz Had the Blues - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Billy Strayhorn (Frank Lawson) ever hear of him? Probably not. Well for one thing, he was the love of Lena Horne's (Michole Briana White) life and most importantly he co-wrote some of Duke Ellington's (Boise Holmes) hits. He also happened to be black ...
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Blood - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
Kabuki is a stylized form of Japanese dance and drama dating back to the 1600s. When, after World War II, Japan put Kabuki on global tour in an attempt to strengthen diplomatic relations, the word took on a new, cynical meaning: self-serving ...
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Bob's Holiday Office Party - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
Bob's Holiday Office Party makes its way to the Atwater Village Theatre for its 21st consecutive year of drunken revelry. I must admit that I'd never heard of this long-running show until seeing it, but now I'll be hard-pressed to forget. Most ...
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White Christmas - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
If you are looking for a white Christmas in Los Angeles this holiday season, look no further than the Pantages Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the dazzling White Christmas returns for a one-week engagement this holiday season. ...
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Thrones! The Musical Parody - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
Coming to Los Angeles after rave reviews out of Chicago and from across the pond, is Thrones! The Musical Parody. We begin with a group of friends getting together to watch the latest "Game of Thrones" episode when disaster strikes - one of them ...
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Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
They've done it again, Storybook Theatre have pulled it off and given us what we want and need - a dollop of warmth, a whole lot of loving and a major helping of FUN! I was more than happy to see this wonderful production for a second time and my ...
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Gardel's Tango - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
If you're a fan of 1940s MGM biopics shown late at night on AMC, you'll be a fan of Gardel's Tango, a new play (with music, of course) about composer, singer, and musical innovator Carlos Gardel. Gardel, who lived from 1890 to 1935, took Tango from ...
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Noturnal Animals - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Nocturnal Animals is a psychological thriller written and directed by Tom Ford and based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. Ford has made only one other film, (also an adaptation) 2009's A Single Man. He comes from the world of ...
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Arrival - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Unfortunately, no one speaks their language. Arrival is based on Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life but I wouldn't read his short story until you see the film. When the movie begins, it is already established that aliens have landed on 12 different ...
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The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
There are times when a piece of art so perfectly captures the national zeitgeist that it's hard to imagine it having nearly as strong an impact at any other point in time. Unfortunately, Rogue Machine's production of Deb Hiett's The Super Variety ...
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Siamese Sex Show: A Wild Wonderful Ride into a Dystopian Future
Posted By Joan Alperin
Siamese Sex Show, the musical is so good that I didn't want it to end. From the moment the show started, I knew I was about to experience something very original and extremely fun. I was not disappointed. The show starts with the very funny M.C. ...
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Indie Films November 18 - 24
Posted By Phil Sokoloff
ASPERGER'S ARE US, GOLDBRICKS IN BLOOM, ESTEROS BEGIN EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS AT ARENA CINELOUNGE HOLLYWOOD STARTING NOVEMBER 18 Arena Cinema Hollywood on Las Palmas Blvd. has changed its name to Arena Cinelounge Hollywood. Asperger's Are Us. ...
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Theatre Review 11/04/2016
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Photos by Joan Marcus. Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened at the Pantages Theatre and the crowd went wild- I m really wild. For those who haven't seen the show, Hedwig explains the his/her/his story in a mixture of personal ...
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Doctor Strange - Film Review 11/02/16
Posted By Joan Alperin
A film review by Joan Alperin. 'Doctor Strange' is absolutely wonderful and I loved every single second of it. The Doctor, played impeccable by Benedict Cumberbatch (who knew the dude could be so sexy?) is a different kind of superhero. Yes, he can ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 11/04/16
Posted By Susan Hornik
It's Fall and all the new hot TV series have premiered. Here's a look at what the broadcast network shows have a ton of buzz around them: CBS has ordered more episodes of Bull, Kevin Can Wait and MacGyver with each series having a very good chance of ...
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Unbound - Theatre Review - 11/02/16
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Chris Gardner and Laila Ayad in Unbound at Hudson Theatre The World Premiere of Unbound opened this week at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood. As the plot thickened and drama intensified and the audience progressively ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
Print Magazines. Are people still reading print magazines? A fact that is not bandied about in the exhilaration of the Internet is that magazine readership has actually risen during the past five years and over the past 15 years, almost corresponding ...
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Catbaret - Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
A review by Rachel Flanagan. By now the world has noticed that when you open up any of your social media accounts or browse almost any part of the Internet, you will likely come across news, photos and memes about cats. Cats have been an influential ...
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Indie Films November 11-17
Posted By Phil Sokoloff
DON'T LOOK DOWN, THE DRAMA CLUB, RAINBOW TIME, HARA KIRI BEGIN EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS AT ARENA CINELOUNGE HOLLYWOOD ON NOVEMBER 11 We're back on Las Palmas Blvd., and we've changed our name. We're officially and permanently Arena Cinelounge Hollywood. ...
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Jack Reacher - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
A review by Joan Alperin. I have read every single book that Lee Child's has written and to say I am a huge fan is an understatement. What makes Child so unique is that he only writes about one character - Jack Reacher. When I first heard that Cruise ...
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LA Filmforum - Billy Woodberry - Nov 10
Posted By Adam Hyman
Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Billy Woodberry: And When I Die I Won't Stay Dead In Person: Billy Woodberry Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:00 pm LOS ANGELES, October 18, 2016 - In his "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Walter Benjamin essays the ...
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Indie Films November 4-10
Posted By Phil Sokoloff
ARMY OF ONE; MY DEAD BOYFRIEND; FELL, JUMPED OR PUSHED BEGIN EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS AT ARENA CINEMA HOLLYWOOD ON NOVEMBER 4\ Army of One. Comedy. Directed by Larry Charles. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Produced by Emile Gladstone, Jeremy ...
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Passing SOLO - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
Review by Suzanne Birrell. Photos by Kristina Roth. October 18, 2016. The Towne Street Theatre Of Passing SOLO now in the middle of a short run before heading off to Germany is not to missed by anyone who struggles with the status quo of current ...
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L.A. Filmforum - Mysteries Inside Facts - Nov 6
Posted By Adam Hyman
Los Angeles Filmforum presents Mysteries Inside Facts A Selection of International Contemporary Short Films Programmed by David Dinnell Sunday, November 6, 2016 LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2016 - The remnants of a prehistoric ocean,volcanic tunnels, and ...
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The Accountant - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Film Review by Joan Aplerin. (L-r) RON PRATHER as Frank Rice, SUSAN WILLIAMS as Dolores Rice and BEN AFFLECK as Christian Wolff in Warner Bros. Pictures' "THE ACCOUNTANT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick I have one word for ...
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SURREAL / UNREAL
Posted By Jack Rutberg
Contact: Jack Rutberg, Tel. (323) 938-5222 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email: jrutberg@jackrutbergfinearts.com November 5 - December 24, 2016 SURREAL / UNREAL Over 100 Works from the 1930s to the Present Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture Alexander ...
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Los Angeles theater's 99-Seat Plan Dispute
Posted By Suzanne
October 17, 2016...Los Angeles...The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has issued the following statement on behalf of the current situation regarding the current proposed changes by Actors Equity Association (AEA) to the Los Angeles intimate ...
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Vonnegut, USA - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
A review by Joshua Kahn. Rob Smith as Lou Sterling, Carryl Lynn as Nancy Daily, and Matt Taylor as Bud Carmody. Photo credits: Maia Peters Kurt Vonnegut is a difficult author to adapt to the stage. Much of the success of his writing relies upon the ...
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The Country Wife - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
REVIEW by Jen Brown Virtic Emil Brown (l.), Michael Hovance, Jean Gilpin; Photo Credits: Garth Pillsbury. Nothing could be finer on a lovely Sunday afternoon than a bawdy romp around the park and Classical Theatre Lab's production of The Country ...
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Indie Films October 28 - November 3
Posted By Phil Sokoloff
LITTLE SISTER, THE WINDMILL, SHANGRI-LA SUITE, AND JACK'S APOCALYPSE BEGIN EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS AT ARENA CINEMA HOLLYWOOD ON OCTOBER 28 Little Sister. Comedy. Directed by Zach Clark. Written by Clark and Melodie Sisk. Produced by Clark, Sisk and ...
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The Devil You Know - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. L to R (rear) - James Patrick Stuart, Bill Watterson, Braxton Molinaro. Front - Larry Poindexter. Photos © 2016 Allen Corben & Suse Sternkopf The audience was united in bobbing their heads and smiling thru the music ...
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Reading Guide- Fall 2016
Posted By Suzanne
To get a start on your holiday gift buying or your own early fall reading, we offer the following Hollywood-related reading suggestions. Gourmet Ghosts 2 by James Bartlett James Bartlett wrote the first Gourmet Ghosts - Los Angeles after bar hopping ...
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The Girl on the Train - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
A review by Joan Alperin. The first thing you're probably wondering is if I read the book. The answer to that is yes. And then you might be wondering did I like the book? The answer to that is No, I LOVED the book. The novel, in case you don't know, ...
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Diversity in Comedy Festival - Oct 21-23
Posted By Carrie-ann Pishnak
The Second City Hollywood Announces LA Diversity in Comedy Festival Line-Up For Immediate Release: Oct 6, 2016 - The Second City Hollywood is proud to announce the incredible line-up of artists headlining the first annual Diversity in Comedy Festival ...
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Birth of a Nation - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
A review by Joan Alperin. I went to this screening dreading the brutality I knew I was about to witness. Films about slavery and the holocaust always have the same affect on me...They wipe me out emotionally and no many how many times I see movies ...
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Going... Going... Gone! Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Annie Abrams, Troy Metcalf, David Babich and Dennis Pearson, Photos by Ed Krieger Going... Going... Gone!, a new play by Emmy Award winning writer Ken Levine ( M*A*S*H*, Cheers, The Simpsons ) and directed by Andrew ...
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Skullduggery - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
A review by Joan Alperin. Photos by Jessica Sherman Photography I have seen many productions at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company and have enjoyed everyone of them, except for this one. I absolutely LOVED their latest entitled SKULLDUGGERY. If there ...
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Skullduggery: A Musical Prequel to Hamlet.
Posted By Joshua Kahn
A review by Joshua Kahn. Hamlet gets the Wicked treatment in Sacred Fools' world premiere production of Skullduggery: A Musical Prequel to Hamlet. Written by Michael Shaw Fisher, the musical was born from a desire to tell the story of Claudius, ...
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From The Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
Fall is here and as our visitors go home, thousands of students arrive or return to school. The air is electric, filled with dreams and possibilities. Venerable Los Angeles City College (LACC) is this year's focus for our Education Issue with its ...
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The Magnificent Seven - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
A film review by Joan Alperin. I was so excited to see the remake of The Magnificent Seven when I heard that the wonderful action director, Antoine Fugua (' Training Day', 'The Equalizer' 'Southpaw ') was at the helm. His always takes it a step up ...
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