June 7, 2011 |
If you love movies, nothing is more fun than going to Rotten Tomatoes , the film review aggregation site, and seeing what films have worked and which ones haven't. The data offer endless possibilities for mischief and enlightenment. A couple of years ago I kept a running tab on every film released by 20th Century Fox, seeing how long the studio could go without distributing a film that actually topped the 50 fresh rating mark at Rotten Tomatoes. More recently, someone at the Marginal Revolution economics blog composed a graph of all of the Rotten Tomatoes scores for Night Shyamalan's films, starting with "The Sixth Sense" and ending with "The Last Airbender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2008 |
John Alvin, who carved a niche for himself in Hollywood as the creator of evocative movie posters that drew generations of viewers into theaters to see films such as "Blazing Saddles," "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Beauty and the Beast," died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. He was 59. In the 1970s when Alvin began his career in cinematic art, the movie poster or "key art" was still the preeminent means of advertising new films.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2001
Your July 15 front page carried a story that the Bush administration, having scrapped U.S. participation in the Kyoto Protocol, may now be looking for technological schemes to reduce global warming. Your story touched on the incredibly complex chain reactions and unknown side effects this "geo-engineering" (or managing carbon pollution) could cause. On the same front page, it was reported that the Bush administration promised diesel-powered subs to Taiwan that it cannot deliver. This is a White House that cannot ascertain in advance a rather simple question of what military hardware it does or does not have.
July 12, 1999
On the Campaign Trail . . . We Think: New Yorker magazine reports that after he leaves office, President Clinton may run for the Senate. "That's a switch. It seems like only yesterday that he was running from the Senate." (Argus Hamilton) Changing Channels: Starting this month, half of all new TVs will be built with a V-chip to help parents filter out inappropriate programs. "That's not to be confused with the Aunt Bee-chip, which only filters out reruns of 'The Andy Griffith Show.'
July 14, 2013 |
Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open on Sunday, but in an exhibition of Happy Gilmore-style golf shots the left-handed American was not up to par. A video of the run-up style drive has gone viral thanks to the European PGA Tour, of which the Scottish Open is a part. As the video shows, Mickelson, like everyone else, sized up how to approach the shot that became famous in the Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore," which features a hockey player becoming a golfer despite an unusual run-up swing.
September 29, 1986 |
"Adam" was a highlight of the 1983 season, a provocative, enormously potent NBC movie that drew attention to America's missing children through the story of John and Reve Walsh, whose young son, Adam, was abducted and murdered. Now comes "Adam: His Song Continues," at 9 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, which traces the Walshes' lives following the telecast of the 1983 movie.