Archive for June, 2009

Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Courthouse Square Re-Opens

Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Courthouse Square Re-Opens

By Frank Barron Almost to the day of the disastrous June ’08 fire at Universal Studios’ Courthouse Square, the backlot attraction re-opened last week. It was a celebration with the famed USC marching band, Universal characters and top studio executives on hand. A jubilant media crowd, and scores of workers still improving the nearby filming […]

BMW Z4 Becomes Hardtop Convertible

BMW Z4 Becomes Hardtop Convertible

Sometimes my timing just doesn’t work out too well. A shiny new BMW Z4 roadster was scheduled for my evaluation in the middle of June. I figured that would be the perfect time for a convertible, with long days of mild weather before it turned uncomfortably hot. What I hadn’t counted on was a gloomier […]

The Hangover

The Hangover

The Hangover Runtime: 100 Minutes Not for Children I must admit, I went into this expecting a raunchy, unfunny, infantile Judd Apatow-type attempt at comedy. Instead, director Todd Philips has taken a script credited to Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and made a creative, entertaining spoof of four guys having a bachelor party by going […]

The Proposal

The Proposal

The Proposal Runtime: 104 Minutes OK for Children This story of a shrewish female boss falling for her employee has been made and remade so many times I’d rather not count. It was released earlier this year as “New In Town” with Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. Instead of Zellweger and Connick, this one […]

I had a great weekend, theatrically speaking.

I had a great weekend, theatrically speaking.

I covered a duo of productions at two of my favorite “Valley-side” theatres… The Unseen NORTH HOLLYWOOD- When you book a seat at The Road Theatre, you are always guaranteed a unique experience! Their undying dedication, talented actors, and fearless vision have captivated L.A. theatre-goers for 17 years. Multi-awarded and highly revered, they consistently inspire […]

Not Far from the Tree

Not Far from the Tree

A framed photograph of yourself makes a nice gift but Christina Corpuz has taken that notion a lot further. Although it’s a bit late, Corpuz’s one-woman show “I Am Nothing Like My Mother” makes a Mother’s Day present of an entire portfolio of her own considerable talents as a writer and actress. In a very […]

Interview with Veronica Huston

Interview with Veronica Huston

Veronica Huston is a young 12-year old author from the Valley who recently graduated from Walter Reed Middle School in Toluca Lake. Her first self-published book is entitled The Magic of Fairy Falls. CKS: When did you write your book? VH: Mainly when I was eleven but I started it when I was in third […]

Better than Just “Ok”

Better than Just “Ok”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!,” the perennial go-to for high schools and community theatres, has been around long enough now that it’s actually eligible for Social Security benefits itself. At the time of its birth in 1943, though, the musical marked a turning point between early 20th century “gags and gals” vaudeville and the later era […]

One On One with Cissy Wellman

One On One with Cissy Wellman

Passion—that about sums up Cissy Wellman. In a stimulating nutshell, Cissy, her real name with a “Y,” not an “IE,” is a woman with intense depth of feeling and joyous energy; an actress with a rich history, experiencing a glorious present. Besides her return to acting after a very successful stint as a top realtor […]

“The Art Of Film Acting”

“The Art Of Film Acting”

A book signing with author, reception and a tribute to over 30 years of Jeremiah Comey and his work in Hollywood, as an actor, writer, director and teacher, working in feature films, television sitcoms, soaps, commercials and theatre will be July 9th at Samuel French Book Store (11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA). His book […]