| Jun 8, 2013
UPDATE: This just in on June 13, 2013: Marni Nixon has had to cancel her scheduled appearance with the Baltimore Symphony this week due to what a press release from the orchestra describes as "a sudden temporary illness." Read more on the Artsmash blog....
| Jul 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — "West Side Story," West Coast style, may seem oxymoronic. Certainly, the context for a colorful and wondrous, historic "West Side Story," given in concert by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony here Sunday afternoon,...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 10:04 AM
Sofia Coppola made a big mark as a writer-director with "Lost in Translation," winning an Oscar for the script, and she delves into another probe of a relationship between an older man and a younger woman in this drama - but in this case, it's a father...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 6:09 PM
Quick, what do "On the Town," "On the Waterfront" and "West Side Story" have in common?
Give up? All three were propelled musically by the genius of Leonard Bernstein, the latest subject in Hershey Felder's series of tributes on the stage of the Laguna...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 7:46 AM
If Matthew Lopez were teaching a class on writing he might take a turn on the maxim and say: "Write what you don't know."
Lopez is the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Polish-Russian mother. He grew up Episcopalian and gay in Panama City, Fla.
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:49 PM
The 2009 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" was the last such revival to be directed by its author, Arthur Laurents, who died earlier this year. And while a classic title like this will always be open for re-creation and re-interpretation, and while...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 1:15 PM
The Jets and the Sharks face off again in the classic musical revision of "Romeo and Juliet," directed for the screen by Robert Wise ("The Sound of Music") and choreographer Jerome Robbins.
Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer are Maria and Tony, whose...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 8:36 PM
To successfully revive a modern classic musical such as "West Side Story" for the 21st century, you need more than melodic voices and inspired choreography. You need the elusive ingredient of attitude — an "us vs. them" mentality that pervades the...
| Oct 12, 2012
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55.
The Skouras Agency confirmed the New...
| Dec 8, 2010
After conquering the Venice International Film Festival with her latest offering, "Somewhere," Sofia Coppola's stateside opening was as cool and casual as the director herself. Coppola brought her movie "home to Hollywood," as Focus Features Chief Exec...
| Jan 18, 2011
At one point in her quiet and downright languorous Hymn to Hollywood, “Somewhere,” Sofia Coppola points her static camera at her star, Stephen Dorff, as his head is encased in goo. He's a movie star who needs to have a head-cast made for...