4 items from 2009
My last two columns in this series profiled the environmental docu-drama The Green Chain and Velcrow Ripper's personalised exploration of activism and spirituality, Fierce Light. Both of these films dealt with serious topics so this time around I thought I should lighten up. Don't get the idea that I'm going to be talking about the indie equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or Disney's Fantasia, though. Neither of the films profiled here are family-friendly and one is definitely not for viewers with weak stomachs.
Getting attacked by regular zombies has got to be bad enough, but getting attacked by evil Nazi zombies when you are in a secluded hut in the Norwegian mountains has really gotta suck! That mountain shack scenario is the premise of Dead Snow (Død Snø), a Norwegian made zombie movie that was an Official Selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
According to director Tommy Wirkola, »
Michael Jackson search warrants are starting to resemble a certain fast-food franchise: By the end of the case, it's quite possible there may be billions served. Today's special was dished out to the Applied Pharmacy Services Building in Las Vegas, where the Drug Enforcement Administration's finest did some probing on behalf of the warrant-issuing Los Angeles Police Department, ostensibly to bolster the ongoing manslaughter investigation into Dr. Conrad Murray. "Unfortunately, all I can tell you is that we're looking for documents," DEA Assistant Special Agent Mike Flanagan said. DEA spokesman Jose Martinez told E! News that the DEA, Lapd and Las Vegas Police Department were all »
The Michael Jackson manslaughter investigation moved Tuesday to a Las Vegas pharmacy, where authorities searched for evidence linked to the singer's private physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, according to reports. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department raided Applied Pharmacy Services in a Flamingo Road strip mall and stayed for about 90 minutes, seeking documents and computer hard drives, DEA agent Mike Flanagan said. After completing the search, agents in full masks were seen removing crates from the pharmacy, located about five miles west of the Las Vegas Strip and in between Murray's home and office. »
- Mike Fleeman and Mark Gray
Jeff Favreproduction: A Beautiful View, Son of Semele Theatre; Robots vs. Fake Robots, Powerhouse Theatre; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Geffen Playhouse.Playwriting: David Largman Murray, Robots vs. Fake Robots.Direction: Don Boughton, A Beautiful View; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Tiger Reel, Cartoon, Art/Works Theatre; Elise Robertson, The Women, Circus Theatricals.Music Direction: Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Scenic Design: Simon Higlett, The School of Night, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum; Christine Jones, Spring Awakening, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre.Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa, The School of Night; Richard Jones, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Costume Design: Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady.Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Perfomance In A (Primarily) Straight Play:Gregory Itzin, »
4 items from 2009
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