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November 10, 2005
Tonight at 7:30, the Maryland Film Festival offers a rare movie going experience at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. San Francisco's Beth Custer Ensemble performs its new score for My Grandmother, a rarely seen, an archic 65-minute Russian movie that makes fun of the Soviet bureaucracy. Tickets are $8 to $10. Call the Maryland Film Festival office at 410-752-8083 for more details.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
HBO's Liberace film "Behind the Candelabra" was the highest rated premiere of a movie in the last nine years on the premium cable channel. And that's covering some very impressive ground, like "Game Change" and "You Don't Know Jack," to name a couple of made-for-TV movies on HBO in recent years. The first showing of the film at 9 p.m. Sunday drew 2.4 million viewers, according to Deadline. The last time any film did better was in May of 2004, when "Something the Lord Made," which was filmed in Baltimore, premiered to 2.6 million.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,tim.smith@baltsun.com | January 22, 2009
Two years ago, as if presciently planned, the Washington-based Post-Classical Ensemble took a fresh look at a 1939 documentary called The City that boasts a vivid score by Aaron Copland. The film, made by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke and scripted by urban planner Lewis Mumford, examines the most unattractive aspects of modern metropolitan life and promotes an environmentally friendly, government-spearheaded alternative. This Great Depression-era product has now re-emerged on DVD by Naxos, with Post-Classical's freshly recorded soundtrack, just as the country is in the grip of the Great Recession and the air is full of talk about government projects, large-scale and green.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
Whether you're coming to "Metropolis" fresh or for the third or fourth time, seeing the "complete" 147-minute version of Fritz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece is like watching a fever dream reach delirious perfection. This glorious dystopia gains in both logic and gusto. Building on the 2001 124-minute restoration, it fills out Lang's vision of a futuristic city as a glittering, buzzing organism that thrusts high up into the atmosphere and digs way down into the earth. Now you can really connect to the romantic fervor behind the cool genius of Joh Fredersen, the architect of Metropolis — and the animus that simmers, then explodes between him and his mad-magician inventor, Rotwang.
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By J.D. Considine JAZZ Marcus Roberts J.D. Considine | January 22, 1998
Titanic; Music from the Motion Picture (Sony Classical 0) 63213)Kundun; Music from the Original Soundtrack (Nonesuch 79460)In the stores, soundtracks tend to be pop-oriented affairs, star-laden packages that sound more like rock or R&B compilation albums than film scores. In the theaters, though, most of the music heard behind the actors still tends to be orchestral in nature -- the better to convey drama, tension or pathos. As a result, films from "Batman" to "Men in Black" end up spawning two separate soundtrack albums: A pop collection for the mass audience, and an orchestral album for film score collectors.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
HBO's Liberace film "Behind the Candelabra" was the highest rated premiere of a movie in the last nine years on the premium cable channel. And that's covering some very impressive ground, like "Game Change" and "You Don't Know Jack," to name a couple of made-for-TV movies on HBO in recent years. The first showing of the film at 9 p.m. Sunday drew 2.4 million viewers, according to Deadline. The last time any film did better was in May of 2004, when "Something the Lord Made," which was filmed in Baltimore, premiered to 2.6 million.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | May 13, 1991
ONE LOOK AT FOX'S "Robin Hood" and you know this is an extraordinary TV movie. There's a simple reason for that -- it cost $15 million, about five times the amount usually spent on films for the small screen.And a lot of that money is visible, not in salaries paid to big stars, but in sumptuous location filming and impeccable attention to period detail. This "Robin Hood' has a look that makes you wish you were watching it on a big screen.Which is exactly the way the rest of the world will see it. And that's why Fox could spend so much money on it. It can get a big splash for its network in the United States and make the bucks back in theater ticket sales around the world.
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By RICK MAESE | January 25, 2008
There's embarrassment and shame in this admission, but you need to know: We forgot about Woody Sauldsberry. He was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1958, just the second black man to win the award. He played for four NBA teams and later the Harlem Globetrotters. Retirement wasn't always easy. Diabetes claimed one of his legs and had its sights set on the other. When Sauldsberry died last year in Baltimore, there was no obituary in the next day's newspaper and no old highlights aired on that night's SportsCenter.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | February 25, 1992
Unless you're the kind of music fan who enjoys reading the fine print, odds are that you've never heard of Michael Kamen. That's not to say you haven't heard him; between his film scores and the orchestral arrangements he has written for rockers ranging from Kate Bush to Eric Clapton to Metallica, Kamen definitely gets around.Tonight, in fact, Kamen is likely to be all over the 34th annual Grammy Awards broadcast (8 p.m. on CBS, Channel 11). Not only is his score for the Kevin Costner film "Robin Hood"' up for three Grammys -- Best Pop Instrumental, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or Television, and Best Arrangement on an Instrumental -- but "(Everything I Do)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
Whether you're coming to "Metropolis" fresh or for the third or fourth time, seeing the "complete" 147-minute version of Fritz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece is like watching a fever dream reach delirious perfection. This glorious dystopia gains in both logic and gusto. Building on the 2001 124-minute restoration, it fills out Lang's vision of a futuristic city as a glittering, buzzing organism that thrusts high up into the atmosphere and digs way down into the earth. Now you can really connect to the romantic fervor behind the cool genius of Joh Fredersen, the architect of Metropolis — and the animus that simmers, then explodes between him and his mad-magician inventor, Rotwang.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,tim.smith@baltsun.com | January 22, 2009
Two years ago, as if presciently planned, the Washington-based Post-Classical Ensemble took a fresh look at a 1939 documentary called The City that boasts a vivid score by Aaron Copland. The film, made by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke and scripted by urban planner Lewis Mumford, examines the most unattractive aspects of modern metropolitan life and promotes an environmentally friendly, government-spearheaded alternative. This Great Depression-era product has now re-emerged on DVD by Naxos, with Post-Classical's freshly recorded soundtrack, just as the country is in the grip of the Great Recession and the air is full of talk about government projects, large-scale and green.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | January 25, 2008
There's embarrassment and shame in this admission, but you need to know: We forgot about Woody Sauldsberry. He was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1958, just the second black man to win the award. He played for four NBA teams and later the Harlem Globetrotters. Retirement wasn't always easy. Diabetes claimed one of his legs and had its sights set on the other. When Sauldsberry died last year in Baltimore, there was no obituary in the next day's newspaper and no old highlights aired on that night's SportsCenter.
FEATURES
November 10, 2005
Tonight at 7:30, the Maryland Film Festival offers a rare movie going experience at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. San Francisco's Beth Custer Ensemble performs its new score for My Grandmother, a rarely seen, an archic 65-minute Russian movie that makes fun of the Soviet bureaucracy. Tickets are $8 to $10. Call the Maryland Film Festival office at 410-752-8083 for more details.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | September 14, 2003
My shoulder hurts, my back hurts, the whole right side of me hurts -- just from sitting and writing millions of notes," composer John Corigliano says early one morning from a Beverly Hills hotel. "This has been the year of writing billion-note orchestral pieces." One of those big pieces is the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, subtitled The Red Violin, after the Francois Girard film of that name, which owed much of its artistic richness to Corigliano's score. Themes from that score provided the foundation for the concerto, which receives its world premiere this week in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season-opening program with violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Marin Alsop.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 7, 2001
Instead of being fought primarily on the History Channel, World War II has suddenly broken out everywhere - on the big screen, books, newspaper and magazine think pieces. It has even triggered a new battle, the one over the design and placement of a memorial on the Mall in Washington to the participants in that war. Most of this wave of remembrance by Americans concerns Americans affected by the war. Starting tonight at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, audiences will be asked to think about other victims and heroes of that conflict.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine JAZZ Marcus Roberts J.D. Considine | January 22, 1998
Titanic; Music from the Motion Picture (Sony Classical 0) 63213)Kundun; Music from the Original Soundtrack (Nonesuch 79460)In the stores, soundtracks tend to be pop-oriented affairs, star-laden packages that sound more like rock or R&B compilation albums than film scores. In the theaters, though, most of the music heard behind the actors still tends to be orchestral in nature -- the better to convey drama, tension or pathos. As a result, films from "Batman" to "Men in Black" end up spawning two separate soundtrack albums: A pop collection for the mass audience, and an orchestral album for film score collectors.
FEATURES
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 7, 2001
Instead of being fought primarily on the History Channel, World War II has suddenly broken out everywhere - on the big screen, books, newspaper and magazine think pieces. It has even triggered a new battle, the one over the design and placement of a memorial on the Mall in Washington to the participants in that war. Most of this wave of remembrance by Americans concerns Americans affected by the war. Starting tonight at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, audiences will be asked to think about other victims and heroes of that conflict.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | September 14, 2003
My shoulder hurts, my back hurts, the whole right side of me hurts -- just from sitting and writing millions of notes," composer John Corigliano says early one morning from a Beverly Hills hotel. "This has been the year of writing billion-note orchestral pieces." One of those big pieces is the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, subtitled The Red Violin, after the Francois Girard film of that name, which owed much of its artistic richness to Corigliano's score. Themes from that score provided the foundation for the concerto, which receives its world premiere this week in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season-opening program with violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Marin Alsop.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | February 25, 1992
Unless you're the kind of music fan who enjoys reading the fine print, odds are that you've never heard of Michael Kamen. That's not to say you haven't heard him; between his film scores and the orchestral arrangements he has written for rockers ranging from Kate Bush to Eric Clapton to Metallica, Kamen definitely gets around.Tonight, in fact, Kamen is likely to be all over the 34th annual Grammy Awards broadcast (8 p.m. on CBS, Channel 11). Not only is his score for the Kevin Costner film "Robin Hood"' up for three Grammys -- Best Pop Instrumental, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or Television, and Best Arrangement on an Instrumental -- but "(Everything I Do)
FEATURES
By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | May 13, 1991
ONE LOOK AT FOX'S "Robin Hood" and you know this is an extraordinary TV movie. There's a simple reason for that -- it cost $15 million, about five times the amount usually spent on films for the small screen.And a lot of that money is visible, not in salaries paid to big stars, but in sumptuous location filming and impeccable attention to period detail. This "Robin Hood' has a look that makes you wish you were watching it on a big screen.Which is exactly the way the rest of the world will see it. And that's why Fox could spend so much money on it. It can get a big splash for its network in the United States and make the bucks back in theater ticket sales around the world.
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