March 16, 2002
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Al Gonzalez helped turn a real-life crime into a modern-day parable that celebrates the wisdom that comes with old age. Gonzalez, a Glendale resident, directed and produced "Second Story," a short comedy film based on the unsuccessful robbery of an elderly Stockton woman. The 18-minute film tells the story of an elderly couple who fend off a burglar as they move into a retirement home. Like the real-life female victim, the film's character Marge Whitestone is particularly effective at thwarting the burglar even though she must use a wheelchair to get around.
May 17, 2013
Despite the uncertainty that's come with being on rocky financial footing over the last year, Burbank's Colony Theatre is extending its season to meet unexpected demand for their hit musical “Falling For Make Believe.” The musical, which tells the life story of songwriter Lorenz Hart and features songs he wrote with Richard Rodgers, was originally scheduled to run four weeks, ending on Sunday, but due to demand, it will return to the 270-seat...
September 14, 2002
Screenwriting taught by professional MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Screenwriters looking to refine their craft can join a free monthly group led by Berkeley Hunt. She has worked for Village Road Show Pictures, New Line Cinema and Television, and said she aims to demystify the art of writing screenplays. This month's session focuses on cliches to avoid. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and on the second Wednesday of each month at Barnes & Noble, 731 N. San Fernando Blvd.
July 10, 2004
Mark R. Madler With paintbrushes in hand, a group of kindergarten and first-grade students flung paint outside the Creative Arts Center, a burst of blues, greens, reds and yellows on sheets of white paper. No, it wasn't just an excuse for the youngsters to get rowdy with permission. There was a lesson to be learned. The painting project that the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School special-education students participated in Thursday was modeled after the style of Jackson Pollock, the abstract painter who flung and dripped paint onto his canvases.
January 12, 2011
Glenoaks Boulevard pedestrians don't typically attract much attention, but a man walking down the street Saturday wearing a friar's habit and a tonsure haircut sure did. The tonsure, or "Friar Tuck" haircut was the final piece of Charlie Schroeder's historical reenactment this weekend, which garnered jokes about how cold his head was and tears from his wife. "I walked in and she started crying from shock," Schroeder said. "And yes, she knows I'm crazy. " Schroeder's reenactment of an 18th century friar's walk between the San Gabriel Mission Arcángel to San Fernando Mission Rey de España, a distance of 26.7 miles, is the culmination of a year of research for his first book about the past 2,000 years of Western civilization.
November 3, 2007
With the plethora of theatrical works employing the overused stereotype of an impossible Jewish mother and her neurotic, unmarried son who didn’t become a doctor, one can be justifiably cautious when hearing about another play taking on this potentially trite premise. Fortunately, “Sheldon & Mrs. Levine” at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank wrings enough laughs out of its plot line to keep the audience entertained, while also delving into the complexity of sustaining a family dynamic through difficult circumstances.
August 11, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Producer/Director Garry Marshall has titled the FalconTheatre's third subscription season "A Season of Starlight!" with several Tony and Emmy Award-winning actors performing as well as directing. Marshall welcomes his good friends Hector Elizondo and Jack Klugman, along with such notable stars as Charles Durning, Paul Dooley, Sonny Van Dusen, Judith Ivey and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, all working at the Falcon, at 4252 Riverside Drive, this upcoming five-play season.
September 16, 2006
It appears crowds are flocking to the Laemmle, perhaps because of the dearth of good commercial flicks. I had walked out of one movie in the preceding week and had stayed through at least two that never got any better. The Laemmle in Pasadena was packed at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. I was there to see "Half Nelson." I was hopeful because it had won some prizes, including the Nantucket Film Festival's award for screenwriting. That seemed, well, educational, even if a movie about a drug addict didn't sound promising.
November 3, 2005
DominoAudiences looking for fast-paced action, quick cuts and complicated story lines will be satisfied with "Domino." If you're looking for a relaxing evening at the movies, stay home and do your laundry. While you're at it, do mine. "Domino" stars Keira Knightly as Domino Harvey, a British socialite turned bounty hunter who is now based in Los Angeles. Domino decides to change paths in life and leaves her modeling career to chase down criminals that jump bail. Things are going so good, she wins the prestigious Bounty Hunter of the Year award and her team lands their own reality show.