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Culture Monster-- Future plans: Green Day says Tom Hanks may be interested in making a movie out of "American Idiot," the new Broadway show based on one of the American rock band's albums. (Wall Street Journal) -- On the mend: Placido......
Culture MonsterHuffington Post, meet Ellen, the liberal protagonist of Lisa Kronâs âThe Wake.â If ever there was a character in need of a blog itâs this one, a freelance intellectual so obsessed with her own political musings she canât stand to......
My name is Stephen Belber and I am a playwright ... and I'm not sure why. Or let me put it this way: I make a tidy living writing studio screenplays; an indie movie just came out that I wrote and directed; and if all goes well, I'll be directing another...
Times Theater CriticMUCH AS one would like to join Edith Piaf in a duet of "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," a critic can't help having occasional regrets after passing instantaneous verdicts on scores of plays and musicals, usually in the space of a few morning hours after a...
Tags: Ray Charles, Peter Hall, Neil LaBute, Music Theater, Edith Piaf
Today, Andrew Breitbart and David Ehrenstein attempt to define Hollywood values. Yesterday, they discussed the role filmmakers should and do play in the domestic political debate, and Monday they pondered the fall season of antiwar flicks. Later in the...
Tags: Television, Ang Lee, Armed Conflicts, Minority Groups, Movies
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterStriking TV and movie writers chose Wall Street as a symbolic backdrop Tuesday for their demand for a bigger slice of the new-media pie. Their argument in a nutshell: Entertainment companies brag to the investment community that the Internet is a growing...
Joza Karas, a Czechoslovakian-born violin teacher who spent decades tracking down and reviving musical compositions written by Jews in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, died Nov. 28 at his home in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 82 and had congestive...
Special to The TimesWRITING plays is occasionally a profession, arguably an art form, unmistakably a craft (hence the odd spelling of "playwright," distant cousin of the wheelwright). But might writing plays also be a mode of thinking -- a way to make sense of the world?...
Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
Tags: Book, John Muir, Poetry, August Wilson, Education
Special to The TimesSo here I am, deep in Oregon's Willamette forest, darkness falling, the rain getting heavier, my unsuitable shoes leaking copiously and the map provided by Cascadia Forest Defenders turning to papier-mache in my hands. I am searching for a group of tree-...
Special to The TimesI had a happyish childhood. I grew up in a small Southern town, Lake Charles, La., in an old house filled with books and music, situated on a lot surrounded by semitropical forest. The woods were beautiful, mysterious and exciting. For a young boy in Lake...
Times Theater CriticThe confluence of events is startling. Two years ago Tony Kushner, one of America's most ambitious and provocative playwrights, wrote a monologue about a London woman obsessed with a country she has never visited. Kushner later expanded the piece to a...
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