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Swedes -- at least until General Motors took over Saab and Ford, Volvo -- made wonderful cars. We all know about their furniture finesse, however much charm IKEA has lost through ubiquity. Swedish cinema had the great Bergman. ABBA is definitely...
Special to The Times"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals. "Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first...
Did ABBA ever make a bad record? For fans of the Swedish group's nearly two dozen U.S. hits, including ear candy like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," it's probably hard to imagine anything not being close to irresistible. Sure enough: a new, nine-disc...
If I ran the NEA, I would immediately dismantle all "artist" grants (solely because I've never been offered one myself) and use that money to create more diverse arts programs for inner-city schools. Just kidding. I'd definitely dismantle the grants...
Tags: Aphra Behn, Elton John, Sting, Neil LaBute
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt smashed the weekend box-office records. But a closer look at "The Dark Knight's" performance suggests that the Batman sequel is poised to be the summer's -- if not the year's -- highest-grossing release. While the final theatrical take for "The Dark...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN THE HBO series "Big Love," Amanda Seyfried plays the eldest daughter in a polygamist family of one husband and three wives. In the lavish new musical "Mamma Mia!," based on the long-running Broadway hit, she plays the only daughter of one mother and...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience...
Hollywood BriefMY 9-YEAR-OLD son asked me the other morning why I was dancing around the breakfast table singing "Take a Chance on Me." I don't usually sing in the morning. I definitely don't dance. And I didn't know I knew any ABBA songs (I've never actually bought...
Special to The TimesANTIQUE STORES and thrift shops rule Magnolia Boulevard -- the main artery of Burbank's Magnolia Park neighborhood -- but that doesn't mean the area is stuck in a dusty past. Founded in 1923, the quarter roughly bounded by Hollywood Way on the west and...
Weezer "Weezer" (DGC/Interscope) * * * 1/2 THE PAIRING of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has...
Tags: Deborah Gibson, Timbaland, Johnny Cash, Theft, SoHo
Chicago Tribune Staff WriterThere are cruises. And then there are cruises for people who hate cruises--at least of the big-ship variety. Some of the newer ships are so monstrous you might as well be in Vegas instead of on the water. There's as much temptation to stay aboard as to...
As an original cast member of " Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage," Josef Brown is no stranger to receiving what he calls an "ecstatic reaction" from theatergoers. Even if that reaction is, in effect, a borderline hysterical outpouring of...
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