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Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

With all due respect to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, the silver screen’s most electrifying dance duo was the Nicholas Brothers. While Astaire and Kelly glided with their respective dance partners in classic movie musicals, Fayard and Harold Nicholas slid,...

The blues come to Pasadena

The blues come to Pasadena

It’s Saturday night at Redwhite + Bluezz, which shares a courtyard with the Pasadena Playhouse. The business began as a high-end gourmet restaurant with an extensive wine list, in its first home off of Pasadena’s Paseo in 2008. It’s changed...

Film Review: A public meltdown launches 'The Humbling'

Film Review: A public meltdown launches 'The Humbling'

You can make a long list of bullet points showing the similarities between “The Humbling,” Barry Levinson's new film, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman.” Both revolve around actors having identity crises, so not surprisingly...

Dining Review: Small plates, small pleasures

Dining Review: Small plates, small pleasures

The most prominent thing at Cascabel is the giant slithering rattlesnake painted on the walls. The image prepares you for a night of drama. Turquoise wooden tables and benches prepare you, on the other hand, for a casual fish meal like on the beach in Cozumel....

DVD Review: 'My Winnipeg' reflects the director's eye

DVD Review: 'My Winnipeg' reflects the director's eye

Guy Maddin is the most idiosyncratic current filmmaker to come out of Winnipeg... or Canada... or the world... in the last few decades. From his first feature, “Tales from the Gimli Hospital” (1988), through his short “The Heart of the World&...

DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece

DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece

It's generally acknowledged that Preston Sturges — the first major Hollywood screenwriter to ascend to the director's chair — was on an extraordinary creative roll from 1940 to 1944. During this period he made eight features for Paramount: five...

Film review: Bruce Willis seems disinterested in 'Vice'

Film review: Bruce Willis seems disinterested in 'Vice'

You know the film distribution business has been undergoing a sea change when an action film with Bruce Willis is opening on a handful of screens, with only one in the Los Angeles area (AMC's Burbank 8). Even more telling is that it's showing up on VOD the...

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Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

I’m feeling a lot of the outrage here in Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale since Thursday’s announcement of Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in...