I have bad news from the pop culture front. Earlier this month, “Say Anything ...” turned 30. Let that settle for a moment. Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut — a tart and tender ode to first love, tangled family ties and the power of a besotted boy with a boombox — celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Lloyd Dobler, the ardent subject of many a perfect-boyfriend fantasy, is now 49 (fictional) years old. If he and Diane Court stayed together, they are probably tossing AARP mailers into their shared recycling bin as we speak. As disconcerting as this milestone is, now is a really good time to be celebrating it. Because Cameron Crowe, who started his rock journalism career while still a student at University High School (now Cathedral Catholic High), is having a moment. And in appropriate rock ‘n’ roll fashion, this moment pays tribute to the past while flicking its Bic at the future. Today, the Old Globe Theatre announced that its 2019-20 … [Read more...] about Column: Before Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’ hits the Old Globe, a shout-out to ‘Say Anything …’
A world-premiere musical based on an Oscar-winning rock ‘n’ roll saga written by one of San Diego’s favorite sons?It’s all happening.Fans of “Almost Famous” will recognize that line from the 2000 Cameron Crowe movie, inspired by the writer-director’s own experiences in the 1970s as a boy-wonder journalist for Rolling Stone magazine.And if you’re among them, you’ll probably be thrilled to hear that the Old Globe Theatre is staging the debut production of the film’s musical-stage adaptation — written by Crowe himself and set to a mix of classic hits and new songs by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt. The project almost certainly represents the first time that a theater originating a movie-based musical is actually mentioned in the film being adapted; that’s the case with “Almost Famous,” which name-drops the Old Globe, Crowe’s hometown theater and a place he frequented with his mom as a … [Read more...] about World-premiere musical ‘Almost Famous’ tops Old Globe Theatre’s just-announced 2019-20 season
Bring it on home, as Led Zeppelin sang in the band’s 1970s heyday — and now that’s just what Cameron Crowe is about to do with “Almost Famous.”Crowe actually got to know Zeppelin in those times of yore, back when the San Diego-bred writer-director was a startlingly precocious rock journalist; there’s a great photo of a teen-age Crowe having a laugh with guitarist Jimmy Page out on tour somewhere.That momentous chapter in Crowe’s young life eventually helped inspire “Almost Famous,” the 2000 movie for which he won a screenwriting Oscar.Now, the saga comes full circle to the very same home turf where it all began, as the Old Globe Theatre prepares to stage the world premiere this fall of the movie’s musical-stage adaptation. (Read our accompanying story on the Old Globe’s announcement of “Almost Famous” and the rest of the theater’s 2019-20 season)“It’s so wild: So much of it was born in that … [Read more...] about Cameron Crowe calls Old Globe’s world-premiere stage adaptation of ‘Almost Famous’ an ode to music — and San Diego
DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post Published 7:16 am PST, Monday, January 21, 2019 On the afternoon of Sept. 20, 1958, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was autographing books in the shoe section of Blumstein's Department Store in Harlem when a well-dressed woman wearing rhinestone glasses stepped out of the long line and shouted: "Is this Martin Luther King?" King looked up from signing copies of his first book, "Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story," his memoir about the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. The year-long boycott had led to a Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation on public buses was unconstitutional. And King, its leader was rising in national and international prominence. King, then 29, answered: "Yes, it is." That's when Izola Ware Curry, the black daughter of sharecroppers, pulled a letter opener with an ivory handle from her purse and swung at King. The civil rights leader tried to block the attack. Curry sliced King's hand before … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed by a deranged woman. At 29, he almost died.
Joseph Baena seems to be following very closely in his famous dad's footsteps — literally. Baena, who is Arnold Schwarzenegger's son with former housekeeper Mildred Baena, has started lifting weights just like his father, and he recreated Schwarzenegger's famous Mr. Olympia bodybuilding pose in an Instagram post that has gone viral.The resemblance between the actor and his son is uncanny. Baena clearly got the workout gene — he's almost (but not quite) as muscular as his father, a side-by-side comparison of the two photos shows. In an earlier post, Baena seems to joke about the comparison. "Happy Father's Day to the man that's almost as big as I am," Baena wrote last spring. According to another post by Schwarzenegger, the father-son-duo train together. "You're a fantastic son and a great training partner," he wrote.For his dad's 71st birthday this summer, Baena posted a photo with pops outside of the iconic Gold's Gym. Schwarzenegger shared the same photo on Baena's … [Read more...] about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son recreates his famous Mr. Olympia bodybuilding pose