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Pseudo realism in ‘Fury’
The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer,...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war
LOS ANGELES — At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt out Friday, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. “Fury” writer-director David Ayer insists he didn’t include the surprise...
By Derrick J. Lang The Associated Press FULL STORY
The California drought (and some dry humor)
Over the past few months, California’s drought has become a hot topic.  Gov. Jerry Brown declared it a state of emergency back in January, and it has not appeared to have improved since then. All of California is considered to be in the drought, which is in its third year. About 58 percent of t...
By Dominic Gialdini FULL STORY
 
Sondheim’s brilliance shines in ‘Sweeney Todd’
For proof of Stephen Sondheim’s genius, look to TheatreWorks’ production of his brilliant “Sweeney Todd.” Composer-lyricist Sondheim and book writer Hugh Wheeler have crafted an alternately chilling, lyrical and amusing musical, subtitled “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Director ...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Susan's City Scene
DIE MOMMIE DIE! PLAYS DRAMA FOR LAUGHS AT NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER. New Conservatory Theatre Center showcases the Hollywood glamour and camp hilarity of Charles Busch with the Bay Area Premiere of Die Mommie Die! It’s the late 1960’s and fallen pop singer Angela Arden is trapped in a corr...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
 
Simmons moves to head of the class in ‘Whiplash’
NEW YORK — After playing the cowboy artist Charlie Russell, some called him Kid. After “Brigadoon” in summer stock, his cast mates called him Tommy. “J.K., Jake, Kim, Kimble. Never my first name. Never Jon or Jonathan. It changed a lot, especially when I started doing theater, because I had...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again
NEW YORK — When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, so it seems, heads of state. Why did the roundl...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Michael Keaton soars in bracing ‘Birdman’
When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room. No, really in the middle. Like, in the ...
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘White People’ is edgy; with memorable cast
LOS ANGELES — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze. An ambitious satire that questions just how “post-racial” America has become, t...
By Justin Lowe The Associated Press FULL STORY
  
 
  


 
 
 
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