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By: | September 28, 2005
If you like spooky courtroom dramas about the occult, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" will be the perfect movie for you. If you're looking for a typical teen slasher flick, steer clear of this recent release and see something else or head to Knott's Scary Farm. "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is based on the true story of a teenage girl who is either possessed by the devil or suffering a severe mental illness. That's the main question of the film and the audience has to draw their own conclusion.
NEWS
November 10, 1999
Oscar bound Charlie Bauman of Glendale works as a janitor at a Glendale printing business. "The Insider" is an incredibly powerful film. The writing, direction, editing, cinematography and acting are all excellent. As it is based on a true story, there is an added realism that makes it more intense and suspenseful than most thrillers. Because the issues that it deals with are so important, and so much is at stake, the major scenes of conflict are possibly the most powerful I've seen on film.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Katherine Tulich | November 29, 2013
The film “Philomena” is based on the remarkable true story of Philomena Lee (played by Judi Dench), who gave birth to a son out of wedlock decades earlier in a conservative Irish Catholic community in the early 1950s. With no family willing to help and no financial means, she was forced to stay at a strict convent, and later gave up her son, against her will, for adoption to a wealthy American family. After keeping this secret for 50 years, she met renowned BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith.
FEATURES
By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | July 26, 2008
Do you flinch? What do I mean by flinch? Do you recoil at others’ bad news, offenses that have been done against them, or their sins? Are you appalled, confused, disgusted, judgmental or disappointed when you hear a surprising story about another person? Do you feel these things without ever even going to them to get the whole, or true story? The point of today’s column is that we are not to be judgmental of others’ sins, nor the gossip we hear about them. We are to get the full story and have grace, even if they did sin. And we are to find out the truth, because sometimes gossip is a lie and it can hurt someone else.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2005
Foothill Summer Theatre's production of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece "Sweeney Todd" opens July 29 at 8 p.m. in La Cañada High School's auditorium. Students, orchestra members, teachers, designers and community volunteers have spent six weeks preparing for the production. "Sweeney Todd" is rarely performed because of the difficulty of the score, challenging even the most seasoned professionals. And for the students of Foothill Summer Theatre, "Sweeney Todd" is the most challenging test of their talents to date.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
Actress/producer Rita Wilson is bringing the one-woman show “Jamaica, Farewell” to the Falcon Theatre in Burbank with hopes that it will lead to a film project ala “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Wilson had seen “Greek Wedding” as a play and was so enthusiastic about it, she and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, brought it to the big screen via his production company. Her current project, “Jamaica, Farewell,” stars Debra Ehrhardt and is based on a true story about her journey to the United States from Jamaica and her dream to build a new life.
NEWS
November 19, 2001
Chuck Benedict I could hardly believe it myself, but this is a true story. A few days ago, I received a legitimate telephone call advising me that a political group in Glendale had decided to ask me to run for public office in a future election. From the bottom of the barrel, I looked up and saw nothing but a gorgeous blue sky. There was no other light at the end of this vertical tunnel to explain why somebody had thought that age before beauty would get more votes than young and ambitious.
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By Katherine Tulich | November 29, 2013
The film “Philomena” is based on the remarkable true story of Philomena Lee (played by Judi Dench), who gave birth to a son out of wedlock decades earlier in a conservative Irish Catholic community in the early 1950s. With no family willing to help and no financial means, she was forced to stay at a strict convent, and later gave up her son, against her will, for adoption to a wealthy American family. After keeping this secret for 50 years, she met renowned BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith.
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By Katherine Tulich | October 23, 2011
When British social worker Margaret Humphreys (played by Emily Watson) informs a woman working in a pub that the daughter she gave up for adoption as an unwed mother in the 1950s was later sent to a children's home in Australia, she is stunned: “They told me that she had been adopted by a good family. What was she doing in a children's home on the other side of the world?” It's just one of the incredible true stories portrayed in “Oranges and Sunshine,” based on the book “Empty Cradles,” written by Humphreys in 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
Actress/producer Rita Wilson is bringing the one-woman show “Jamaica, Farewell” to the Falcon Theatre in Burbank with hopes that it will lead to a film project ala “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Wilson had seen “Greek Wedding” as a play and was so enthusiastic about it, she and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, brought it to the big screen via his production company. Her current project, “Jamaica, Farewell,” stars Debra Ehrhardt and is based on a true story about her journey to the United States from Jamaica and her dream to build a new life.
FEATURES
By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | July 26, 2008
Do you flinch? What do I mean by flinch? Do you recoil at others’ bad news, offenses that have been done against them, or their sins? Are you appalled, confused, disgusted, judgmental or disappointed when you hear a surprising story about another person? Do you feel these things without ever even going to them to get the whole, or true story? The point of today’s column is that we are not to be judgmental of others’ sins, nor the gossip we hear about them. We are to get the full story and have grace, even if they did sin. And we are to find out the truth, because sometimes gossip is a lie and it can hurt someone else.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson | November 7, 2007
?American Gangster,? starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, is based on a true story. Frankly I am tired of hearing ?based on a true story.? The factual story of Frank Lucas, American gangster, would have been seedy and grimy. The spot-on story of his nemesis, cop and eventually lawyer, Richie Roberts, would have been only a notch above that and hardly the stuff that great movies are made of. Instead ?American Gangster? explores two amazingly similar lives. Richie and Frankie are both living Horatio Alger stories.
NEWS
By: Suzie Harrison | October 14, 2005
Leave it to No Square Theatre to take "The Sound of Music" to a different, Laguna-esque level with its production of the classic favorite, which comes to life today, Saturday and Sunday at the Forum Theater. Though the cast will perform a more authentic version -- closer to the real story of the Von Trapp family than the film depicts -- audience participation will add a zany twist. Director Saif Eddin said it will be a sing-along, similar to a recent craze involving the film's screenings, but enhanced.
NEWS
By: | September 28, 2005
If you like spooky courtroom dramas about the occult, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" will be the perfect movie for you. If you're looking for a typical teen slasher flick, steer clear of this recent release and see something else or head to Knott's Scary Farm. "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is based on the true story of a teenage girl who is either possessed by the devil or suffering a severe mental illness. That's the main question of the film and the audience has to draw their own conclusion.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2005
Foothill Summer Theatre's production of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece "Sweeney Todd" opens July 29 at 8 p.m. in La Cañada High School's auditorium. Students, orchestra members, teachers, designers and community volunteers have spent six weeks preparing for the production. "Sweeney Todd" is rarely performed because of the difficulty of the score, challenging even the most seasoned professionals. And for the students of Foothill Summer Theatre, "Sweeney Todd" is the most challenging test of their talents to date.
NEWS
November 19, 2001
Chuck Benedict I could hardly believe it myself, but this is a true story. A few days ago, I received a legitimate telephone call advising me that a political group in Glendale had decided to ask me to run for public office in a future election. From the bottom of the barrel, I looked up and saw nothing but a gorgeous blue sky. There was no other light at the end of this vertical tunnel to explain why somebody had thought that age before beauty would get more votes than young and ambitious.
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