PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Two summers ago tongues wagged about Yuja Wang’s little orange dress at the Bowl, a conversation that continues online to this day. What is missed in these discussions, though, is that a young pianist’s short skirt would not have seemed nearly so risque had it not been for camera close-ups framing her bare legs on giant screens as she played Rachmaninoff. On Thursday I started at the top of the Bowl in the $1 seats. This is, as it’s always been, one of the most splendid vistas in Los Angeles. The sun set, the sky was filled with puffy cumulus clouds. The green hills darkened mysteriously.
The messages within them, though? Well, the band would rather have folks headbang their way to a personal interpretation. And so it goes with the 3-D IMAX hybrid concert/feature film Metallica Through the Never (in theaters Sept. 27), where the heavy-metal rock gods fade to black, Hollywood style, for the first time. “I get out of (expletive) bed every day for experiences I don’t know anything about,” says drummer and admitted “movie geek” Lars Ulrich.
Hollywood Studios Haven’t Been Paid by China in Months (Exclusive)
Sources now say the dispute is more widespread and that all six major studios are involved. One insider says a resolution could be reached by the end of the summer; others aren’t so sure. Going by the 25 percent rule, Warner Bros. would be owed north of $31 million for Man of Steel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Jack the Giant Slayer;Sony would be due $23 million for Skyfall and After Earth (White House Down is still in the midst of its China run); Paramount would be owed roughly $30 million for Into Darkness, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Jack Reacher; Disney’s Iron Man 3 made north of $121 million in China, which would mean a return of more than $30 million for the studio, while Oz the Great and Powerful would mean about $5 million in payments (Monsters University is headed to China later this month). STORY: Bruno Wu, Former Bertelsmann CEO Form China Venture Over the weekend, Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 opened to north of $24 million, scoring the second-best three-day debut of the year after Iron Man 3.