Karina Verigina

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'Syria Via WhatsApp:' How mobile messages tell stories of refugees fleeing war

The recording, sent by smartphone, is one of many messages between Syrians that Jordanian photographer Tanya Habjouqa has compiled into her short film "Syria Via WhatsApp".<p>The film is showing at an exhibition in Dubai focused on the plight of refugees and migrants, including Syrians, as Europe …

Overrated/Underrated: When will the superhero storm pass?

There's a lot of pop culture to sort through week after week. Times staff writer Chris Barton offers his take on what's up and what's down in music, movies, television and just about anything else out there that's worth considering.<p><b>UNDERRATED:</b><p><b>'The Good Dinosaur' (2015)</b>: A difficult movie to peg …

Ben Affleck

6. Donnie Darko

When a movie requires a director€™s cut with commentary in order to more plainly explain the plot, it€™s probably a sign that it€™s too hard to grasp …

What makes a movie so awful that it deserves zero stars?

Jupiter Ascending failed to scale the box-office charts.<p>​There are good movies, so-so movies and bad movies. Is there anything worse, though, than a …

How the world’s worst opera singer finally found fame – and redemption

Tone-deaf performances by philanthropist and amateur soprano Florence Foster Jenkins were treated as a joke by audiences 70 years ago. Now rival films give her star billing<p>Doing something that you love, but doing it badly, can sometimes pay off. The New York socialite and amateur opera singer …

Opera

Nia Vardalos' 8-Year-Old Walked Out Of A Movie That Didn't Have 'Enough Girls'

Even better, the daughter of the "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" star was rewarded for speaking her mind.<p>Clearly, Nia Vardalos is doing parenting right.<p>In a conversation with Melissa Silverstein on the "Women and Hollywood" podcast, the star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and its new sequel told a …

Geena Davis

15 Actors Who Became Great Directors

Despite being in the same ballpark, being a talented performer in front of the camera does not necessarily equate to being a talent behind it. …

Watching Movies in Virtual Reality: Wow! Followed By a Why?

When James Cameron released his blockbuster 3D fantasy <i>Avatar</i> in 2009, many of the people who loved it (I wasn’t one of them) praised it as a feat of …

Why So Many People Saw Batman v Superman Even Though It's a Bad Movie

Wait—why did we spend $170 million on this?<p>“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” holds a rating of 29% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which equates to …

'Star Wars' deleted scenes trailer shows Kylo Ren boarding the Millennium Falcon

<i>Spoilers below.</i><p>It may be months before we next hear news of the forthcoming "Star Wars: Episode VIII," so in the meantime, we'll just have to soak up every little bit of footage we can in search of clues and hints pointing towards the next installment's plot.<p>It's not much, but the new trailer for …

Star Wars

How Superhero Movies Became Too Big To Fail

There's a scene roughly halfway through <i>Batman v Superman</i> in which Bruce Wayne's loyal butler cautions his billionaire vigilante boss against going to …

Comics

Why is the Marvel Cinematic Universe so drab?

As the publicity campaign for Captain America: Civil War escalates through a deafening crescendo, two things are clear. First, the film will make ungodly amounts of money. And, second, as an action film, it will be mediocre.<p>Unfinished business: how Disney and Marvel killed happy ever afters<p>Read more<p>…

Marvel Cinematic Universe

RANKED: The 10 worst movies to win the best picture Oscar — and what should have won

But the Academy voters don't always get it right. Tucked away in the 89 years of Oscar ceremonies are best picture winners that quickly vanish from the zeitgeist, never to be heard from again. That's often because they weren't as good as originally thought.<p>Here we look back on the 10 most …

Who will save us from the tyranny of Marvel movies?

Marvel comics used to be for nerds and social inadequates, so how did we let this franchise become ubiquitous, all-pervasive and even cool, asks Bill Borrows<p>I could have killed Jon Favreau. Not in the colloquial sense that I was really cross with him but in the literal sense that as I was sitting …

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Patti LuPone Shares Her 'Top Five Rules of Theater Etiquette'

As BWW reported earlier this month, a rude audience member continued the recent rash of inappropriate theater behavior during a recent Wednesday …

Patti LuPone

How bad is gender inequality for female playwrights?

Terri Paddock recently hosted a series of events alongside the play, <i>The Father</i>, at Trafalgar Studios. Included in these debates was one on whether …

The Empty Spaces

Seven years ago, I left Seattle for New York—I abandoned the garage theaters and local arts scene and friends and colleagues—because I was a coward. …

At the theater, 91-year-old's wish comes true

INDIANAPOLIS — Her hands lie crumpled by her side. They wobble when she grasps at the tubes running antibiotics into her arm, when she reaches for the knob that drives her wheelchair.<p>Grace Gresham used to be able to hold them still, her fingers dangling over ivory keys as she prepared to fill the …

Alzheimer's Disease

We have ways of making you talk: how films survive the dubbing process

Recently I moved from London to Berlin, a city with cinemas aplenty but, unfortunately for me, only a handful of films playing in English. While in the UK we are used to watching foreign films with subtitles, in Germany they are typically dubbed by voice actors, who even have their very own awards …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where are the great new musicals?

No recent theatre musical has yielded a song which has had us humming in the streets. Why is this, asks Rupert Christiansen<p>Scanning <b>the Olivier Award nominations</b> earlier this week, one could only be struck by the remarkable resilience of the London theatre – the list offered an abundance of great …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Q&A<p>An exclusive interview.<p>By Ben Schreckinger13 hours agoView More<p>Editors' Picks<p>The happiest shirt on the planet will melt your cold, cold heart.<p>15 …

Oscars 2015: Secrets of the limo drivers

<b>More than 1,000 limousines will fill the streets of Los Angeles ahead of the Academy Awards. One limo manager shares his secrets.</b><p>On Oscar night - this year 22 February - the usually car-clogged streets of Hollywood fall silent because everyone is at a viewing party or, if they're very lucky, …

Jennifer Lopez

5 Theater Books to Read

Looking to achieve another goal besides getting off-book and acting? Knowing your way around a theater never hurts. Consider exploring a different …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Greece reportedly intends to ask for a six-month extension of its loan agreement after rejecting an extension of its full bailout program.<p><b>2.</b> The Syrian government is willing to test a cease-fire in Aleppo, the centre of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels, by suspending aerial …

10 Most Controversial Oscar Moments in Academy History

When a billion people are watching, the Oscar stage is a tempting place to broadcast your political views, as more than one star or filmmaker has chosen to do. It's not always a popular choice, as Vanessa Redgrave or Michael Moore can tell you.<p>Controversial Oscar moments aren't always about …

Michael Moore

Has the mystery of Shakespeare’s Sonnets finally been solved?

New evidence points to identity of enigmatic ‘Mr WH’ to whom the poems are dedicated<p>Some of the finest, most quoted verses in the English language were dedicated to him, and for centuries literary scholars have tried to establish his identity.<p>Now fresh research suggests that the mysterious Mr WH, …

Literature

Film bosses accused of mutilating scripts and pushing out writing talent

Three of Britain’s Oscar-nominated screenwriters say that an increasing tendency among film studio bosses and directors to “mutilate” film scripts is forcing top writers to either direct their own work or write for television, where they command greater respect.<p>Jeffrey Caine, William Nicholson and …

Marlon Brando