January 13, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK VILLAGE -- "It's our first glimpse of the 'Lord of the Rings,"' said Jonathan Watson, 25, of Arcadia. "A lot of people are excited to see how one man's imagination is put on the screen." Watson was one of more than 20 J.R.R. Tolkien fans who gathered at the Burbank AMC 14 Theater Friday morning to see the trailer of the first movie in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The 106-second trailer was scheduled to be shown once before and once after the New Line Cinema release, "Thirteen Days."
August 8, 2009
In the vast spectrum of historical fiction, a reader is hard-pressed to find much written about the 11th century. Aside from the trilogy “Rashi’s Daughters,” written by Glendale resident Maggie Anton, there are few novels featuring this era, and most focus on Charlemagne, the Crusades and Christianity-based story lines dealing with religious persecution. Throughout the three books, Salomon ben Isaac, a great Jewish scholar, instructs his three daughters in the teachings of the Talmud, which is the doctrine used in Judaism to explain the Torah.
April 17, 2002
Sandra Kraisirideja, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Roger R. Fernandez is an ordinary man who has had an amazing life. He lived under the rule of two dictators -- Francisco Franco in Spain and Fidel Castro in Cuba -- and left each country unharmed. Throughout his life, Fernandez crossed paths with various political dignitaries. He met Robert Kennedy while volunteering on his campaign and shook hands with the King of Spain and leaders of Latin America at the World Fair in Seville, Spain.
July 20, 2012
In 1954, Japan's Toho studio made three films that achieved enduring international success. The first was Akira Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which shows up within the top 10 of nearly every international critics' poll. The second was “Gojira,” later to be known as “Godzilla,” very likely the best known Japanese film of all time. And the third won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, despite which you're unlikely to have heard of it, unless you're a samurai film buff. That film was Hiroshi Inagaki's “Musashi Miyamoto,” which - together with its two sequels - is usually referred to as “The Samurai Trilogy.” The iconic Toshiro Mifune plays the title character, a real 17-century warrior, whose career - which also included calligraphy, poetry and spiritual pursuits - has become the stuff of legend.
May 24, 2003
Weekend of Horrors comes to town AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Top rated terror talent comes to Burbank for Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, featuring film previews, celebrity panels and vendors. Guests scheduled to appear include Wes Craven, the director of the "Scream" trilogy, and Bruce Campbell, star of the "Evil Dead" trilogy. The event is from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Burbank Airport Hilton, 2500 Hollywood Way. Tickets cost $20 each day, and are available through Ticketmaster or at the door for $25. For more information, all 409-0960 or go to www.creationent.
January 30, 2014
New Line Cinema, the studio that produced the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Wedding Crashers” and the “Austin Powers” trilogy, will move to the lot of its parent company, Warner Bros., in Burbank by this summer. [UPDATED: Jan. 31, 2014, 6:53 p.m.] The relocation was prompted by a vacancy that opened up when Legendary Entertainment moved from the Warner lot down the street to the Pointe, located at 2900 W. Alameda Ave., according to Paul McGuire, a spokesperson for Warner Bros.
November 12, 2003
BURBANK --The Actors' Project continues its run of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" this weekend at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank. The play is the second in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy, centered on his experiences in a 1943 U.S. Army boot camp in Biloxi, Miss. Six diverse young men struggle with military discipline at the hands of a tyrannical drill sergeant, who is bent on turning them into first-rate soldiers. The central character, Eugene, is the Simon alter ego, conversing with the audience throughout, commenting on the incidents and the relationships.
May 15, 2013
Iron Man is already part of an elite crew of superheroes, but now he is set to join a rarefied group at the box office. "Iron Man 3," the third film in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. , will pass the $1-billion milestone, possibly by Wednesday night. As of Tuesday morning, Walt Disney Studios said the Shane Black-directed movie had collected $962.2 million worldwide and was still selling tickets in territories worldwide. The well-reviewed picture will become only the 16th film to gross over $1 billion globally, and the first in Marvel Studios' Tony Stark trilogy to cross the impressive milestone.
March 15, 2000
OK for youngsters Dink O'Neal is an actor/singer/father of three who lives in Burbank. With special effects ranging from "How'd they do that?" to 1940s-era Warner Bros. cartoon stock, this refreshingly PG film (only three words of profanity) served wonderfully for an outing with my 9-year-old daughter and her friend. Unfortunately, adults may find the melodramatic dialogue, excrutiatingly deliberate exposition and virtually comatose performance by Gary Sinise (whose eye liner was noticed even by the kids!