los angeles – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 11:52:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png los angeles – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 A kickin’ Michelle Yeoh and a movie called ‘B—A—.’ Yes, SXSW is back. https://acotonline.org/a-kickin-michelle-yeoh-and-a-movie-called-b-a-yes-sxsw-is-back/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 11:52:07 +0000 https://acotonline.org/a-kickin-michelle-yeoh-and-a-movie-called-b-a-yes-sxsw-is-back/ AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 11: Michelle Yeoh attends the ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Opening Night Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference & Festivals at Paramount Theater on March 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW) Photo: Rich Fury, Staff/Getty Images for SXSW Just like the martial arts mom in […]]]>

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 11: Michelle Yeoh attends the ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Opening Night Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference & Festivals at Paramount Theater on March 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW)

Photo: Rich Fury, Staff/Getty Images for SXSW

Just like the martial arts mom in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the time-traveling action-fantasy flick starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis that had its world premiere at the 2022 edition of Austin’s South by Southwest on Friday night, the festival reappears on its feet after fighting for its life.

The annual spring of music, film, culture and tech-palooza, which in 2019 reportedly drew more than 280,000 people to Austin during its 10-day run, was dropped at the last minute in 2020 due to the looming COVID crisis, then migrated online in 2021. Were thong-wearing swarms of 6th Street now an extinct species?

It had been three years since Austin resonated with the strong SXSW buzz, and as of Friday, things were looking a little subdued at the Austin Convention Center — the registration site and location for many presentations and panels — compared to the opening days of the past. But, in the late afternoon – when a long line of moviegoers braved the cold, windy weather for two hours to enter the crowded screening of “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” at the Paramount Theater of a capacity of 1300 people – the crowds were ready to party like it was 1999, or at least 2019.

While SXSW’s opening night audience is almost always ecstatic – even when the movies aren’t particularly good – there was an extra spark of electricity on Friday night, as if everyone was at both relieved to enjoy a movie together again and determined to return to the way things were through sheer force of fandom and willpower.

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South by Southwest runs until March 20. For more information, sxsw.com

The film opens March 18 in New York and Los Angeles and across the rest of the country over the following two weeks.

SXSW Vice President and Director Janet Pierson and the film’s lead cast were greeted with loud, sustained applause as they took the stage and there was a standing ovation for Yeoh after the film. Pierson and Yeoh both echoed that sentiment in their opening remarks ahead of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” “I’m so excited to be here,” Yeoh said. “Films are shared experiences.”

As for the movie itself, directed by the duo who work as Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the guys behind the flattering “Swiss Army Man”), critics seemed to be as jazzed up as audiences.

“Here is an orgiastic work of slaphappy genius that functions not so much as a narrative film as a particle accelerator – or perhaps a cosmic washing machine – that two 12-year-old psychotics have devised in the hope of reconciling the anxiety of what our lives could be with the beauty of what they are,” David Ehrlich sang in his A-grade review in Indie Wire while Variety’s Peter Debruge was only slightly less impressed when he said: ‘There are enough ideas in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ to fuel a dozen films, or even a TV series in its own right, but the Daniels have turned it all into 139 explosive and emotionally draining minutes.

One such moment is the SXSW peak, when a movie (or band or app) that few outside the cloistered quarters of SXSW have even heard of becomes an utter obsession. No doubt there will be several more this year – including the horror comedy “Bodies Bodies Bodies” starring Pete Davidson, Lee Pace and Amandla Stenberg and the highly anticipated “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”. by Richard Linklater. memory of having grown up in Houston at the time of this famous giant leap for humanity.

But all is not enough as it was at SXSW, when the festival enveloped attendees in a seemingly hardened, hermetically sealed cocoon against the outside world and the most important thing in your life was to make your way to a screening of “Bitch Ass (yes, a real title for a real movie this year).

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin is in stage two of its five-stage COVID alert system, and was in the dreaded stage five just two weeks ago. For SXSW attendees, that means masking at screenings, a testing site at the Convention Center, and encouragement to use the CLEAR Health Pass app for those who are vaccinated.

And the unfolding terror of the Ukrainian invasion manifests in SXSW donating to humanitarian relief efforts and hosting a Ukrainian showcase on March 19 featuring Igor Grohotsky, KAZKA and SpivOberta while also hosting panels such as “Ukraine, a world in flux and the EU’s response” and “Ukraine for peace: supporting creators and innovators.” (Edited to add: There were pro-Ukrainian protesters at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar on Saturday.)

On Twitter, SXSW went after Governor Greg Abbott for supporting an investigative order into transgender care.

While politics has long been a part of the debates — former Democratic President Barack Obama and current Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul have appeared here — it can be increasingly difficult for attendees to ignore what’s going on. on the rest of the planet, even if only for a few days.

Still, welcome back, SXSW. It’s been too long. Now excuse me while I stand in line for “Bitch Ass”.

cary.darling@chron.com




  • cary darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with a focus on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he was a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Additionally, he has freelanced for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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How to get tickets to our free screenings in 4 US cities https://acotonline.org/how-to-get-tickets-to-our-free-screenings-in-4-us-cities/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:57:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/how-to-get-tickets-to-our-free-screenings-in-4-us-cities/ If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to release the first two episodes of the anticipated series FREE to movie screens in […]]]>

If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to release the first two episodes of the anticipated series FREE to movie screens in Denver, Austin, New York and Los Angeles overnight of March 23.

Plus, after the screenings in Denver, Austin, and New York, we’ll be streaming an exclusive Q&A with the cast and producers. The reason LA won’t be watching the Q&A is that our screening is actually in conjunction with the big Hollywood premiere, so you’ll be in the theater with the cast and enjoying a few surprises.

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If for some reason you haven’t seen the trailer, the series – much like the games – follows a 26th century showdown between humanity and an intergalactic threat known as the Covenant. In an effort to win the war, Dr. Halsey (Natascha McElhone) creates genetically enhanced super-soldiers named the Spartans to battle the alien force. The series follows Master Chief Spartan John-117 (Pablo Schreiber), the commander of a Spartan unit. Although it draws heavily from the stories of the video game, the show takes place in its own timeline. Halo is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, with Amblin Television, and will premiere exclusively on Paramount+. Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natacha Culzac, olive gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, kate kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gormanand Fiona O’Shaughnessy also complete the cast of the series. Steven Kane (The last boat) and Kyle Killen serve as showrunners.


So you’re probably wondering, “How can I get those free tickets?”


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If you would like to attend this free screening, you must email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with the subject line “I want to see HALO!” In the body of the email, you must include your name, if you’re bringing a guest, and the city you’d like to attend (LA, NYC, Austin, or Denver).

We’ll be accepting emails until 10 a.m. on Monday, March 14 and will be contacting those who have won free tickets with specific information about the next day’s screening.

Note: Everyone attending the Los Angeles screening will need to show proof of vaccination to attend.

Locations for NYC, Denver, and Austin are below. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. local time.

NYC – Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan

  • 28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301, New York, New York 10005

Austin – Alamo Drafthouse S Lamar

  • 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Denver – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Sloans

  • 4255 W. Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80204

Good luck getting tickets! You can also tweet me with any questions. I will try to answer as soon as possible.


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Free screenings of the Halo series are taking place in four cities with questions and answers about the actors https://acotonline.org/free-screenings-of-the-halo-series-are-taking-place-in-four-cities-with-questions-and-answers-about-the-actors/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 21:12:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/free-screenings-of-the-halo-series-are-taking-place-in-four-cities-with-questions-and-answers-about-the-actors/ If you live in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Austin, you’ll be able to catch the highly anticipated Paramount+ series before the episodes go live. Picture via Paramount+ If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode […]]]>

If you live in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Austin, you’ll be able to catch the highly anticipated Paramount+ series before the episodes go live.


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If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to bring the first two episodes of the anticipated series to theater screens for FREE! Plus, after the screening, we’ll be streaming an exclusive Q&A with the cast and producers.

Our exclusive event will take place the night of March 23 in Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and New York.

If for some reason you haven’t seen the trailer, the series – much like the games – follows a 26th century showdown between humanity and an intergalactic threat known as the Covenant. In an effort to win the war, Dr. Halsey (Natascha McElhone) creates genetically enhanced super-soldiers named the Spartans to battle the alien force. The series follows Master Chief Spartan John-117 (Pablo Schreiber), the commander of a Spartan unit. Although it draws heavily from the stories of the video game, the show takes place in its own timeline. Halo is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, with Amblin Television, and will premiere exclusively on Paramount+. Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natacha Culzac, olive gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, kate kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gormanand Fiona O’Shaughnessy also complete the cast of the series. Steven Kane (The last boat) and Kyle Killen serve as showrunners.

COLLIDER VIDEO OF THE DAY


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So you’re probably wondering, “How can I get those free tickets?” My plan is to give away tickets starting this Friday morning, and I’ll be collecting names for a few days, then emailing the winners. The reason I advertise so early is that I always make sure the first people who ask for tickets get in. I’m giving everyone advance notice that the event is happening, so you can be ready on Friday.

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Segerstrom Concert Hall to Present A BRONX TALE One-Man Show with Chazz Palminteri https://acotonline.org/segerstrom-concert-hall-to-present-a-bronx-tale-one-man-show-with-chazz-palminteri/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 05:04:05 +0000 https://acotonline.org/segerstrom-concert-hall-to-present-a-bronx-tale-one-man-show-with-chazz-palminteri/ The Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In 1988, before it became a hit Broadway musical or feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Palminteri wrote and performed this A Bronx Tale, bringing […]]]>

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

In 1988, before it became a hit Broadway musical or feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Palminteri wrote and performed this A Bronx Tale, bringing 18 characters to life in a gripping tale of his difficult childhood on the streets. from the Bronx. And now Center audiences can see his classic coming-of-age story that started it all for him.

This powerful play describes his murderous youth experiences in great detail – including witnessing gang killings – and by the time it was first produced, it had been shown both in Los Angeles and in New York. An unknown theatrical product at the time, Palminteri had stubbornly refused to sell “A Bronx Tale” (offers were in the seven figures) unless he was part of the package as an actor and screenwriter. This eventually sparked the interest of Palminteri idol Robert De Niro, who was looking to make his film debut. De Niro, who saw the potential in “A Bronx Tale”, became Palminteri’s mentor, supporting him all the way, and the rest is history. The film “A Bronx Tale” (1993) received good reviews, with Palminteri as writer and actor, playing Sonny the mobster, and featuring his actress/producer/wife Gianna Palminteri. Since then, Palminteri has been an actor with more than 50 films to his credit, including “The Usual Suspects”, “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Analyze This”.Single tickets for “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts start at $39 and are available now online at SCFTA.org, at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more people, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. Born and raised in the Bronx, Chazz Palminteri was the natural choice to receive the passing of the Italian torch in film. In the tradition established in the 1970s by icons such as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale and Joe Pesci, Palminteri brought grit, muscle and evocative realism to the sidewalks of his neighborhood of New York, violent as they are and were. Chazz was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Rose, a housewife, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx, giving her life lessons that would later prove invaluable to her career. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and began pursuing his craft in 1973, studying at the Actor’s Studio. He appeared off Broadway in the early 1980s, while paying his dues as a bouncer and doorman at nightclubs, among other jobs.In 1986, he headed west and found his ethnic qualifications were well-suited for getting tough guy roles. Clever lawyers, steadfast hoods and hard-nosed cops were all part of his streetwise ethnic persona on TV shows such as “Wiseguy” (1987), “Matlock” (1986) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981) . In film, he began by playing a 1930s-style gangster in Sylvester Stallone’s “Oscar” (1991). Although his roles were sharp, well-acted, and with a distinct edge, nothing about them showed he was capable of stronger lead roles. At 41, Palminteri became a star “overnight”. Other important projects quickly fell on him. He received a well-deserved Oscar nomination the following year for his portrayal of a Runyonesque hitman in Woody Allen’s hilarious jazz-era comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994). He was on the right side of the law both in “The Perez Family” (1995), his first romantic role, and then in the crime classic “The Usual Suspects” (1995). He plays the unfortunate brute in “Diabolic” (1996) and writes a second screenplay, “Faithful” (1996), in which he again plays a contract killer, terrorizing both Cher and Ryan O’Neal.Although Palminteri was invariably drawn into rather tight, often violent typography, it was sure and flashy that continues to work strong into the millennium. True to form, his full-lipped growl was spotted in gritty urban environments playing a “Hell’s Kitchen” cop in “One Eyed King” (2001) with actor/producer Armand Assante; a pool hustler and mentor in “Poolhall Junkies” (2002); a mob boss in “In the Fix” (2005); a dirty cop in “Running Scared” (2006); the titular crook as “Yonkers Joe” (2008); a karaoke-loving Italian psychiatrist in “Once More with Feeling” (2009); and an abusive husband and father in “Mighty Fine” (2012). Other later films include starring appearances in “Body Armour” (2007), “The Dukes” (2007), the conman title as “Yonkers Joe” (2008), and “Once More with Feeling” (2009), as well as prime media in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” (2006), “Push” (2006), “Jolene” (2008), “Once Upon a Time in Queens” (2013), “Legend” (2015) , “Vault” (2019) and “Clover” (2020). TV crime also continues to fill its time, earning series credits such as “Kojak” (2005), “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010) and “Godfather of Harlem” (2019). Once in a while, he’ll relax – like in his recurring role as Shorty on the popular sitcom “Modern Family” (2009).

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A 20th Anniversary Reimagining – KC STUDIO https://acotonline.org/a-20th-anniversary-reimagining-kc-studio/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/a-20th-anniversary-reimagining-kc-studio/ Performers in the Ruby Room at the Music Theater Heritage, left to right: Ron Lackey, Courtney Germany, Misha Roberts, Nate McClendon, Ayana Tribitt, Kadesh Flow, Douglass Walker and Darrell Mayberry. (photo by Jim Barcus) The new season includes musical theater classics, revisited with creative departures from the norm. With a revised name and expanded focus, […]]]>

Performers in the Ruby Room at the Music Theater Heritage, left to right: Ron Lackey, Courtney Germany, Misha Roberts, Nate McClendon, Ayana Tribitt, Kadesh Flow, Douglass Walker and Darrell Mayberry. (photo by Jim Barcus)


The new season includes musical theater classics, revisited with creative departures from the norm.

With a revised name and expanded focus, the Kansas City theater celebrates its 20th anniversary with a full slate of productions and a new Ruby Room performance space

A good story worth repeating: the company now known as Music Theater Heritage began 20 years ago with a live radio broadcast from a Belger Cartage loading dock in downtown city ​​of Kansas City.

Conceived as a way to promote founder George Harter’s longtime radio show, “A Night on the Town,” the nonprofit theater company grew and established itself as a place to enjoy music from classic Broadway shows. For several years the shows were staged as concerts which included theatrical elements, but were not quite full productions. MTH has withstood the COVID-19 pandemic through perseverance and innovation and has now prepared a season to mark two decades of existence.

“You know, this year is unlike any other for a number of reasons,” said Tim Scott, the company’s executive art director. “First of all, it’s our 20th anniversary. But, of course, you’re also trying to plan for the unexpected because of the coronavirus. »

Like any proud art director, Scott is not above indulging in justified bragging. In a press release late last year, he highlighted the company’s success in battling the pandemic. Let the record show: MTH was the first professional theater to produce a live show in 2021 with its rooftop production of ‘Music of the Night’. Since April last year, MTH has produced 14 live productions and served nearly 500 students through educational initiatives; in 2021, nearly 40,000 spectators saw performances at the Crown Center; and the company started the year with three employees but now has nearly 30.

In addition to presenting a few shows on the roof of the Crown Center, the company has also turned to concerts made for video and made available to the public virtually. Scott, who shot and edited the performances, delivered high-quality reviews that wouldn’t have looked out of place on public television.

In all, the company made 14 live productions in 2021.

“We did ‘Hair’ and ‘Camelot’ through the Delta variation,” Scott said. “With ‘Hair’, half the singers wore masks.”

The new season includes musical theater classics, revisited with creative departures from the norm.

Tim Scott, Executive Artistic Director, Music Theater Heritage (photo by Sophia Napoli)

The season:

“STEVIE: signed, sealed, delivered” is scheduled from March 24 to April 10. The production celebrates the music of Stevie Wonder and will be staged in collaboration with 2 Proud 2 Beg, bandleader Ron Lackey’s Motown ensemble.

“Song and Dance” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rarely produced two-act musical will run May 12-29. Half of the show is told in song, the other half in dance. The arrangements involve a rock band and a cellist. Webber wrote the dance portion of the show for his brother, cellist Julian Webber. It will be a regional first.

“Titanic,” June 16-July 3. The Broadway production of this show, with words and music by Maury Yeston and an accompanying book on the musical by Peter Stone, was a massive physical production with a huge cast and full orchestra. The MTH version of necessity takes a different route with a twist: the music will be performed by a small ensemble on instruments played by musicians on the doomed Titanic – a string quartet and a grand piano.

“Cabaret,” August 11-28. Kander and Ebb’s classic about decadent Berlin and the rise of Nazism before World War II will be staged with cabaret tables and stools arranged closer to the stage than the usual audience seats. “Those seated in this area will have a slightly more immersive experience than those seated in the theater seats,” Scott said.

“Man of La Mancha”, October 6-23. This 1965 musical by composer Mitch Leigh, playwright Dale Wasserman and lyricist Joe Darion is adapted from the classic 17th-century novel “Don Quixote.” Scott said the show will be produced in conjunction with the Kansas City-based Ensemble Ibérica, which performs music from Spain and Portugal. The idea, Scott said, was to adapt the score in a way that gave it a bit more of an authentic Spanish feel.

“A Spectacular Christmas Spectacular”, an original revue and annual tradition at MTH, December 8-23.

“Titanic” and “Cabaret” will be performed at the Grand Theater (formerly the American Heartland Theater). Other productions will be in the traditional MTH space on the third floor of the Crown Center.

Additionally, MTH will be offering what they bill as the Ruby Room Series in a revamped performance space just off the main lobby. The shows focus on artists who made significant contributions to American culture, including Sonny & Cher and other 1960s pop singers: jazz artists Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Prima; Nina Simone, Sam Cook and Otis Redding; the Beatles; beat generation writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac as well as bebop and cool jazz artists; and songwriters Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.

Although a casual observer might not notice it, the name of the theater company is in its third incarnation. What started life as Musical Theater Heritage became simply MTH. From now on, “musical” has been replaced by simply “music” – Music Theater Heritage. It’s a small change but it involves a broader definition of music.

From radio roots to live performance

George Harter said he formed Musical Theater Heritage primarily to fund his radio show, which originally aired for several years on KXTR and later on Kansas Public Radio. The show eventually aired on a number of stations across the country. He said he and tenor Nathan Granner had approached backers to underwrite the show.

“I formed MTH just to fund the radio show,” Harter said. “When I shopped around for funding, local funders weren’t particularly interested in funding something out of town. So Nathan and I decided we needed a local mission and started a (live) series.

At Belger, the band performed a series of shows – “Carousel” (which marked Tim Scott’s first appearance on an MTH show), “On the Town”, “Brigadoon”, “Guys and Dolls” and “The Fantasticks “, including the others. Eventually, Belger needed the loading dock space to prepare his Belger Arts Center, so Harter began looking for other locations.

Before long, MTH was performing live shows in what was then called the Off Center Theater (a former movie multiplex) on the third floor of the Crown Center. Eventually, Harter said, MTH became the most frequent user of the space, leading Crown Center to offer them a contract as a full-time tenant.

“They gave us a great offer on the rent,” Harter said. Many concert productions have been directed by Sarah Crawford, and some of them have been particularly memorable – an effective all-female direction of “1776” and an engaged performance of “Big River”, the show based on “The Adventures of Huckleberry” by Mark Twain. Finnish.”

Chad Gerlt joined the team early on. He had returned from Los Angeles, where he had moved with the idea of ​​becoming a voice-over artist. “I wanted to do cartoons and video games,” he said. But he got by as a singing waiter at a Macaroni Grill in
Thousand Oaks.

“I missed my family and wanted to buy a house,” Gerlt said. “I could never have bought a house in LA”

Gerlt retired from MTH a few months ago to pursue a career in real estate. But he was proud to be part of the team that grew viewership and made MTH a success. From time to time, Gerlt performed on stage.

“COVID has obviously changed a lot of things,” Gerlt said. “It didn’t kill us, and I promise you it won’t kill us. But it changed the dynamic there.

The radio show was retired in 2015. The rise of online streaming services – Spotify etc. al – made all the music Harter had released over the years instantly available. A few stations across the country continued to air reruns of the show.

These days, Harter directs his energies to the theatrical trips he organizes for fans and bands to travel to New York and see Broadway shows.

But the theater’s original mission, he said, was a direct result of the radio show.

“It was about appreciating American musical theatre,” he said. “People realized that rock-and-roll and jazz were uniquely American art forms, but no one thought of the American songbook and musical theater as an original American art form.”

For more information on the Music Theater Heritage season, visit www.mthkc.org.

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Kharkiv Opera and Concert Hall hit in attack on Ukraine’s second largest city https://acotonline.org/kharkiv-opera-and-concert-hall-hit-in-attack-on-ukraines-second-largest-city/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/kharkiv-opera-and-concert-hall-hit-in-attack-on-ukraines-second-largest-city/ March 1, 2022, 3:39 PM | Updated: March 1, 2022, 5:09 PM Russia bombs Freedom Square and Kharkiv Opera House. Photo: Getty/Alamy Russian missiles and rockets hit the “cultural heart” of Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv. Freedom Square in central Kharkiv was hit by a massive Russian missile, causing severe damage to an opera house, […]]]>

March 1, 2022, 3:39 PM | Updated: March 1, 2022, 5:09 PM

Russia bombs Freedom Square and Kharkiv Opera House.

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Russian missiles and rockets hit the “cultural heart” of Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

Freedom Square in central Kharkiv was hit by a massive Russian missile, causing severe damage to an opera house, concert hall and government offices in an explosion of fire.

Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and nearby Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra reportedly hit in airstrike, in pictures circulating on social networks (warning: shocking images).

Kharkiv, which is Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been heavily shelled since the war began last week, and today’s attack alone killed 10 people and injured 35. Rescuers are still searching for civilians who may be buried under the rubble.

Liberty Square is the second largest city center square in Europe and a landmark of the city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strike an “act of terrorism” in a speech to the European Parliament. His speech comes a day after he signed Ukraine’s application for membership of the European Union.

In his speech to the European Parliament just hours after the attack, reported on March 1, President Zelensky said: “This morning was very tragic for us, two cruise missiles hit Kharkiv.

“More than 20 universities are there. Many Russians live there. Young people are bright and intelligent, people gather there for the holidays.

“The largest square in our country – Freedom Square – can you imagine this morning that two cruise missiles hit it. This is the price of freedom that we find for our land and for our freedom.

“Every square in every city in our country will be called Liberty Square.”

(warning: scary images below)

Liberty Square was littered with debris on Tuesday, with all the buildings surrounding the square suffering damage.

“This is not a random mistaken salvo, but a conscious extermination of people. The Russians knew what they were firing at,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of the bombardment of Freedom Square and other targets homes from the latest Russian airstrike.

Earlier this week, invading Russian forces burned down the local history museum in the Ukrainian town of Ivankiv.

The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has condemned Russia for the “deliberate” burning of sites linked to the history of arts and culture in Ukraine, which now include the Opera House and Philharmonic as well as the Ivankiv Museum .

“The world’s material cultural heritage is our common heritage, the identity and inspiration of all mankind,” said James Cuno, Chairman and CEO of Getty.

“Cultural heritage has the power to unite us and is essential to achieving peace. It is also too often the target of war, another way of destroying and overcoming a society by erasing its memory.

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The Best Movies So Bad They’re Good https://acotonline.org/the-best-movies-so-bad-theyre-good/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/the-best-movies-so-bad-theyre-good/ What makes a movie so bad it’s good? (To see: Showgirls, Bedroom and more below.) It’s a simple question with no easy answer, largely because every “good-bad” works in its own way. But there are common themes: “so bad they’re good” movies are usually made by amateurs (often of independent means) who possess zeal but […]]]>

What makes a movie so bad it’s good? (To see: Showgirls, Bedroom and more below.) It’s a simple question with no easy answer, largely because every “good-bad” works in its own way.

But there are common themes: “so bad they’re good” movies are usually made by amateurs (often of independent means) who possess zeal but lack sophistication. Their productions are usually outside or on the fringes of the traditional Hollywood system, without access to the full suite of film professionals who make the average movie work: from skilled actors and writers to stuntmen and set designers.

The end result is something familiar, yet completely iconoclastic – the work of an author who has no idea what he’s doing. Although it usually ends in disaster, sometimes, and quite by accident (another important characteristic of good and bad movies: serendipity), something else is produced: a movie so bad it doesn’t It’s not just watchable, it’s enjoyable.

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Finding your own “so bad it’s good” movie is one of the joys of being a movie fan, but if you’re looking to jump-start your schlock journey, here are seven films that are widely considered the best of the worst. :

Miami Connection (1987)


Miami Connection

Miami Connectionthe 1987 film about a group of college-aged orphans who all live together, sing in a band and use martial arts to battle ninjas on motorcycles, has a Bible-worthy resurrection story, but it’s a story that could only have happened in the digital age.

Although it may shock you to hear it, Miami Connection was a royal flop upon its initial release, and then faded into B-movie obscurity. Everything changed via a cosmically serendipitous event: Zack Carlson, an employee of Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, stumbled across a copy of the movie on ebay. Being the adventurous type, he bought it unseen for $50, with no idea what he was getting.


What he got was an all-time classic. Miami Connectionit turned out to have it all: ninjas, taekwondo, original 80s pop songs (which are legit bangers) and, um…did we say ninjas and taekwondo?

Carlson immediately knew he had lost treasure on his hands, and after 25 years and some legal wrangling, he and Drafthouse Films were finally able to give the film its due, releasing it in 2012 to instant cult film acclaim.

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Samurai Cop (1991)


Samurai Cop

There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when cheap direct-to-video action films were as ubiquitous as falling snow. Those days are sadly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back and relive those golden days of car chases, shootings, and antiquated social norms. And if you want to do that, why not start with the best?


Well, once you’re done watching those movies, come back and watch Samurai Copthe 1991 low-budget action film starring Matt Hannon as the titular Samurai Cop, a luxuriously-haired police officer who must use his knowledge of ancient samurai combat to take down a vicious organized crime syndicate from Japan.

Samurai Coplike many films on this list, is the work of foreigners – in this case, an Iranian-born director Amir Shervan – those who are fascinated by the Hollywood formula (and eager to profit from it financially) without really understanding what makes it work. People who say to themselves: “We have all seen lethal weapon, law? How hard can it be to imitate this?”

Ultimately, very difficult (if you’re Amir Shervan, at least). Samurai Cop isn’t the American buddy-cop movie it so desperately wants to be, but in the end it might be something even better: one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies of all time.


The Room (2003)


Bedroom

If there is an unadulterated classic of the “so bad, it’s good” genre of movies, then Bedroom is it. The work of the eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseauwho directed, wrote and starred (a triple threat!), Bedroom is the story of Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), a man universally recognized as kind and generous by everyone in his life except his vindictive fiancée Lisa (Juliet Danielle) who aspires to destroy it – for reasons that are never fully explained.

Although it failed on its initial release, Bedroom slowly grew into cult status in Los Angeles (thanks in large part to Wiseau’s deep pockets – he spent hundreds of thousands on promotion) until he became a worldwide midnight movie phenomenon.

Wiseau, perhaps a little chagrined by all the sardonic attention, would later claim that the film was always intended as a “dark comedy”. Whether or not this is true is up for debate, but one thing is true: if Bedroom was intended as a comedy, it’s one of the funniest movies ever made. And if it wasn’t, it’s always one of the funniest movies ever made.


Fateful Discoveries (2013)


Fateful discoveries

Of all the movies on this list, Fateful discoveriesthe work of the famous schlock-author Neil Breen, might be the most controversial. Some will roll down the aisles at its David Lynch-meets-school-school levels of incomprehensibility, while others will be so genuinely frustrated by its jarring narrative structure that they’ll risk bodily harm in their desperate leaps for the “stop.” remote control button.

So a word of warning: before you look Fateful discoveries (or any of the other five Breen “movies”) first ask your doctor if Neil Breen is right for you. Barring that, maybe head over to YouTube and watch a few scenes (there are plenty of compilations). If you laugh, chances are you enjoy the special pleasure of watching this movie. Otherwise, feel free to run the other way.

That said, the term “film” should be used here with caution, because Fateful discoveries is more a collection of rambling scenes than an actual movie. That’s usually a bad thing, of course, but when those rambling scenes are this weird and hilarious, you’ll quickly wonder if this is a “so bad it’s good” movie or something else – like an absurd avant-garde work of art. Such is the power of Breen.

Troll 2 (1990)


Troll 2

It’s a classic tale: a young family vacations in a quaint farming community with a quaint name, by no means spelled backwards by the goblins: “Nilbog.” Things are going wonderfully, until said family discovers a dark secret: Nilbog is inhabited by vicious vegetarian goblins, who want to eat them – after turning them into plants, of course (say what you will about these goblins, but they are very mindful of their dietary restrictions).

And that, my friends, is the real plot of Troll 2. If that alone doesn’t inspire you to watch this masterpiece, perhaps the following points will: 1: Troll 2despite its name, is do not a sequel to Troll (its title was a misleading attempt to capitalize on the film’s modest success). 2: Troll 2 was filmed by an Italian crew in Utah, who could barely communicate with their English-speaking cast, and 3: Troll 2 spawned one of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries of bad movies ever made, best worst moviedirected by Troll 2is the star, Michael Stephenson.

Troll 2 and best worst movie whip up one of the tastiest double decker bologna sandwiches ever, so what are you waiting for? A troll?

I hope not, because there are no trolls in Troll 2. Did we mention that? We probably should have mentioned that.

Showgirls (1995)


Showgirls

what can you say about Showgirls? Sure, the film earned its initial reputation on the (well-toned) back of its ample and gratuitous nudity, but that’s probably the least interesting thing about it. Put all those boobs and butts aside, and you still have a legitimately hilarious, and maybe even a little crazy movie.

Like most movies on this list, Showgirls seems like it was made by people who don’t even have the most basic understanding of how movies work. The character arcs never arc, the plot points are so illogical they border on insanity, and Elizabeth BerkleyThe performance of Nomi Malone – a hitchhiking loner who aspires to be a showgirl in Las Vegas, because…reasons – is so maniacal, amateurish and reckless that it forms a kind of bad acting mobius band , looping on itself until it becomes a work of unbalanced genius.

The same can be said for Showgirls in its entirety. It’s bad – really bad – but it also transcends its own badness, becoming a work of comedic brilliance. Watch it once, and you’ll quote it for the rest of your life.

Outer Space Plan 9 (1957)


Plan 9 from outer space

Ed Wood isn’t the worst director ever (remember folks, you live in a world where Tom Six exists) but it is nevertheless almost universally considered as such, thanks in large part to the 1957 Plan 9 from outer spacewhich even casual movie buffs will immediately recognize as “the worst movie ever made”.

Just like Ed Wood himself, Plan 9 from outer spaceThe bad reputation of is a bit exaggerated. Not that it is good, of cours. His sets are cheap (cardboard tombstones, anyone?) his acting is awful (horror legend Bela Lugosiin his last film appearance, confusedly gropes through a handful of scenes shot for a different film) and his writing is the stuff of a baffling caption (“Future events like these will affect you in the future”).

But it’s also – in true schlock form – tons of fun to watch, especially with a group of grateful friends. This is why it is still celebrated today, when many other genre films of the time have long since fallen into oblivion. Not so bad for the worst movie of all time.


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Joe Rogan-Bound Comedy Club Planned for Austin’s Ritz Theater – TOWERS https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:29:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked […]]]>

A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked to a recently controversial podcast host and new Austin resident Joe Rogan, according to a number of local property filings and an application to the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission. A permit to install new signage at the front of the building is on the consent agenda for the next commission meeting on February 28, along with backup documents for the renovation item using the name Comedy-mother. Three potential options for the new club sign are included:

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Previous reports indicated that Rogan planned to open a comedy club in West Austin, but its acquisition of One World Theater ultimately fell through, with East Sixth Street mentioned last year as a potential new location for the club. The Ritz property was purchased from previous owners Craddock Properties in November 2021 by Asylum Real Estate Holdings, a company run by Rogan representative Matthew Lichtenberg of Level Four Business Management in Los Angeles. Lichtenberg, along with Rogan and his wife Jessica, is also the director of a recently incorporated entity known as Rogan Family Foundation, Inc.

A photo of the Ritz taken as part of historic preservation efforts likely in the mid-1970s. Image: Texas Historical Commission

The building, opened in 1929 with a design by Austin architect Hugo Kuehne, has a long history of use as both a standard and adult movie theater, as well as short stints as a concert hall and punk rock club. in the 1970s and 80s – there’s comedy history here too, with the theater briefly hosting the famous local troupe The follies of Esther. The building previously housed the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from 2007 until its closure last year.

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

The request to the historic commission — which, due to its presence on the consent agenda, is likely to pass without meaningful discussion — plans to remove old Alamo signage and install Comedy Mothership branding from the club, as well as modifications of the door and window model. of the west facade which will restore the building to its original appearance based on historical photos. The club will add a new awning to the existing frame above the sidewalk, replace the tile at the entrance and install a roll-up door to prevent access to the club lobby after hours.

An undated photo of an audience at the Ritz Theatre. Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

While these documents paint a clear picture of this property’s new connection to Rogan and its future as a comedy club, other details, including a timeline for renovations or an opening date for the business, remain. unknown. Still, transforming this historic property into the heart of downtown would be a hugely visible sign of Austin’s new status as a celebrity relocation hotspot.

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“CODA” will be released in theaters for free next weekend https://acotonline.org/coda-will-be-released-in-theaters-for-free-next-weekend/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 12:39:56 +0000 https://acotonline.org/coda-will-be-released-in-theaters-for-free-next-weekend/ Apple will re-release its Best Picture nominee “CODA” in theaters starting next weekend and will do so with a series of free screenings open to all audiences. Starting next Friday, February 25 and running through February 27, “CODA” will premiere in a limited theatrical broadcast across the United States and London, free of charge and […]]]>

Apple will re-release its Best Picture nominee “CODA” in theaters starting next weekend and will do so with a series of free screenings open to all audiences.

Starting next Friday, February 25 and running through February 27, “CODA” will premiere in a limited theatrical broadcast across the United States and London, free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. And each screening will have open captions so it includes both deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Below is the list of cinemas offering free screenings, and here is the link to get “CODA” tickets.

The film’s director, Siân Heder, will also be present during a live Q&A on the film for one of its screenings in Los Angeles, which will also have an interpreter present to translate into ASL.

“CODA” premiered at Sundance in 2021 and won the People’s Choice Award and Grand Jury Prize in the Drama Competition, and more than a year later on its way to a shot at winning the Best Picture award, the film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor Troy Kotsur, who is the first deaf male actor to be nominated for an Oscar. The only other deaf actor to ever be nominated and subsequently win is Kotsur’s “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin.

“Every once in a while a movie comes along that strikes a deep emotional chord for audiences celebrating their victory for humanity. ‘CODA’ does just that. Siân and the incredible cast and crew of ‘CODA’ have given a gift to the world with this film, and we are inspired to pass on this gift,” said Matt Dentler, Apple’s Chief Features Officer, in a statement.

“CODA” premiered in theaters and globally on Apple TV+ in August 2021. The film stars Emilia Jones as CODA, or a child of deaf adults and the only hearing person in her family. deaf, a 17-year-old student who dreams of a singing career. The film also stars Kotsur, Matlin and Daniel Durant, as well as Eugenio Derbez and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo.

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The film was also nominated for Best Ensemble Cast for the SAG Awards, marking the first time a predominantly deaf cast has been nominated for the top guild award.

Atlanta: Tinseltown 17 + XD
Austin: Tinseltown 20+ XD
Boston: Corner Coolidge
Chicago: Deer Park 16
Cleveland: Valley View 24+ XD
Dallas: Cinemark West Plano 20
Denver: Century Aurora +XD
Houston: Memorial City 16
Las Vegas: Las Vegas Suncoast 16 + XD
Los Angeles: Playa Vista 9 + XD
Miami: Paradise 24+ XD
New York: Alamo Drafthouse Liberty
Orlando: Cinemark Orlando + XD
Palm Springs: River Rancho Mirage 15+ XD
Philadelphia: University 6
Phoenix: Cinemark 16
Sacramento: Cinemark Roseville Galleria and XD Mall
San Francisco: Downtown San Francisco 9 + XD
Seattle: Lincoln Square Cinema Bistro 22 with IMAX
Washington, DC: Fairfax Corner 14 + XD

UK
London: Barbican Cinema

Deadline first broke the news.

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Quebec dancer Énola Bédard appeared in a Warner Bros. for the movie ‘Elvis’ (VIDEO)​ https://acotonline.org/quebec-dancer-enola-bedard-appeared-in-a-warner-bros-for-the-movie-elvis-video%e2%80%8b/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 23:55:50 +0000 https://acotonline.org/quebec-dancer-enola-bedard-appeared-in-a-warner-bros-for-the-movie-elvis-video%e2%80%8b/ Great things are happening for Quebec professional dancer and TikToker, Énola Bédard. The 21-year-old recently appeared in a Warner Bros. advertisement. for the next movie, Elvis. On February 18, Énola posted a video to him PageInstagram where she can be seen dancing in the brand new Warner Bros. for Baz Lurhmann’s big screen project. “So […]]]>

Great things are happening for Quebec professional dancer and TikToker, Énola Bédard. The 21-year-old recently appeared in a Warner Bros. advertisement. for the next movie, Elvis.

On February 18, Énola posted a video to him PageInstagram where she can be seen dancing in the brand new Warner Bros. for Baz Lurhmann’s big screen project.

“So excited to be working with Warner Brothers Pictures on Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie. The trailer is now available! #ElvisMovie,” she wrote in the caption of the sponsored video.

His success with the Warner Bros. didn’t stop there. Énola Bédard also posted a video on her Instagram Stories where she can be seen speaking alongside Baz Luhrmann and the film’s lead role, Austin Butler.

“Learning more about Evlis moves from Baz Luhrmann and Austin Butler. I truly felt so inspired. Thanks for sharing,” Bedard wrote.

@enola.bedard | instagram

Although she appeared in the commercial, Énola will not actually play in the film, for IMDb.

Bédard rose to prominence online after posting a series of dance videos and, at the time of publication, has amassed 13.5 million subscribers on ICT Tac and 1.7 million on Instagram.

Bédard moved to Los Angeles in June 2021, and she can now be seen posting videos of herself dancing on Hollywood Boulevard.

The native of Quebec has accomplished a lot, Elvis commercial included. Bédard also danced for Daddy Yankee in January at the Calibash Music Festival at Crypto.com Arena, formerly known as Staples Center.

“I still can’t believe what happened last night. I had been dreaming of this moment for so long and never expected to perform for Daddy Yankee at Staples Center for my first stage performance. It was just insaaaane,” she wrote below. her Instagram post.

The film Elvis will be released in theaters on June 24, 2022.

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