Sunday, February 23

Movie review: ‘Sausage Party’

It takes a certain kind of twisted psyche to create an animated movie deserving of an R-rating. But leave it to Seth Rogen and his team of writers to produce a computer-generated story so unapologetically offensive that rated R is hardly an adequate warning. Read more...

Photo: “Sausage Party” pushes boundaries with its graphic and insensitive script following the lives of anthropomorphic supermarket foods. (Columbia Pictures)

Alumna reaches greater operatic highs with support of family, mentors

Angel Blue’s first opera album was a gift from her father. At 5 years old, Blue listened to Leontyne Price’s seasoned vocals on “A Program of Song” over and over, falling more in love with the music with each aria, she said. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Angel Blue graduated from UCLA’s music program in 2008 and has gone on to sing in major opera houses and concert halls around the world. (Courtesy of Angel Blue)

Second Take: End of ‘Tower of Terror’ ride shows Disney’s indifference

On a dark and miserable January night, guests of Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Tower Hotel will plummet 13 stories down an elevator shaft and into a dimension of sound, sight and mind for the last time. Read more...

Photo: In January, California Adventure will send riders on the final journey into “The Twilight Zone.” The ride will be replaced with a “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction. (Courtesy of Wikimedia)

Second Take: Disney offensively depicts Polynesian demigod in upcoming film ‘Moana’

The Walt Disney Company has invited its first ever Polynesian princess into its animated ranks, but the tan-skinned, thick-haired girl has hardly attracted any attention in the midst of a controversy. Read more...

Photo: Some audiences claim Disney’s depiction of the character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in the upcoming film “Moana” perpetuates stereotypes of Polynesian men as overweight. (Courtesy of Youtube)

UCLA alum co-creates latest Disney Channel series

Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina spent hundreds of hours in the glow of their computer screens watching countless viral YouTube videos. The pair had postponed their typical Friday night plans in order to research cyber-world trends and lingo for their upcoming project – Disney Channel’s new TV series. Read more...

Photo: “Bizaardvark” executive producer Eric Friedman said UCLA alumnus Josh Lehrman and partner Kyle Stegina were the “success story” of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program’s first year. Through the program, the pair co-created Disney Channel’s newest show. (Eric McCandless via Disney Channel)

UCLA Philharmonia to honor professor William Klug with free concert

A free orchestral concert Thursday will honor the UCLA professor who died in Wednesday’s murder-suicide, musicians said. The music department will dedicate Thursday’s UCLA Philharmonia concert to mechanical and aerospace engineering professor William Klug, who was killed in Wednesday’s murder-suicide on the UCLA campus. Read more...

Photo: UCLA Philharmonia will perform a free concert Thursday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

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