Archive for February, 2017

Mel Brooks talks ‘Blazing Saddles’ and Gene Wilder before headlining Microsoft Theater during Riot LA

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017:

Though his satirical Western “Blazing Saddles” debuted in theaters nearly 43 years ago, filmmaker, composer and comedian Mel Brooks still gets a kick out of watching the audience’s reactions as he stands quietly in the wings or in the back of sold-out venues while his beloved film is screened. “I still get goosebumps,” the now 90-year-old said during a recent phone interview. He’s been taking his film across the country in an all-new show dubbed “Mel Brooks: Back in The Saddle Again!” Following a screening of “Blazing Saddles,” Brooks comes out for a Q&A session and to talk about the […] Read More →

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen is a new voice for Vietnamese here

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017:

Viet Thanh Nguyen is on the kind of roll any author might envy. “The Sympathizer,” his 2015 debut novel, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Last year his nonfiction work, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now comes a short story collection titled “The Refugees,” which arrived last week to great anticipation, which makes Nguyen, who will be featured in the Register Book Club’s next forum on Tuesday, a very hot writer indeed, though he laughs as he explains that this seeming flurry of rapid activity actually has been […] Read More →

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017:

There is no doubt a musical is going to be interesting when its opening number, titled “Prologue: A Warning to the Audience,” literally advises its audience that they are about to see something so ghastly, they may want to bail. However, aside from the so-called warning, the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is so full of fun and zany antics, even the faint-of-heart are not likely to budge from their seats. The musical about love and murder, which opens at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Tuesday for a one-week run, actually falls […] Read More →

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