May 16, 2009
The “Earth” experience, a compelling documentary from the Disney Nature Series, is one that shouldn’t be missed, even if you feel that you may have already seen enough of that from the old days of “The Wonderful World of Color.” “Earth” is a wonderful motion picture. The film crew assembled for this project counted almost 60 cameramen who followed their quarry via Jeeps and trucks, mini-submarines, and in at least one sequence in a two-man hot-air balloon that found itself tangled in the top of a tree during a particularly dicey film shoot.
February 25, 2006
"Eight Below" was on the must-see list of several million families with children as soon as the film's trailer hit the big screen last year. The second that three-minute preview was over, theaters around the world rang with the sound of young voices saying, "Mommy, Daddy, I want to see that one!" It's the story of eight smiling (yes, smiling) and adorable sled dogs, tragically abandoned as a harsh Antarctic winter closes in; and the boy ? er, in this case, the man ? who loves them, and will do everything in his power to get back to them again.
June 13, 2007
If you happen to hang 10 and catch the "Surf's Up" fever while looking for some gnarly animated entertainment, you'll likely end up calling this a big bummer. This one isn't very chillin' or thrillin.' Maybe unfulfillin' is more appropriate. The premise is the making of a documentary about surfing superstar Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), and how he rode the big wave to penguin prominence and international acclaim. Cody hails from the Antarctic, where he is mocked for spending his free time pursuing his ambition.
March 3, 2007
Crescenta Valley High School out-cooked eight other high schools Friday in a chili-making showdown at Glendale Community College, serving up what event organizers hope will be a yearly culinary competition. Russel Gruener, 18, a bistro class student at Crescenta Valley High, speculated on what set his team's recipe apart. "I think it's because we have barbecue sauce," he said. "We also have sirloin beef in ours instead of like some kind of pot roast or ground beef." The Crescenta Valley team's presentation — with white table cloths and a snowy antarctic theme — and its chili stood out enough to win the Grand Prize.
September 25, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Relationships take center stage during A Noise Within's new season falling under the umbrella title "State of the Union -- A Celebration of the Ties that Bind." State of the Union is a play on words as this is an election year, said Julia Rodriguez Elliott, who is co-founder and co-artistic director with her husband, Geoff Elliott, of the Glendale classical theater company. "But the plays we are producing look at relationships inside the family or political relationships, and we are really examining the strength of relationships," she said.