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.
October 25, 2013 |
Elphaba may have worked some magic to sell her Hollywood Hills-area home for exactly its listing price of $1.847 million. Known off the “Wicked” stage as Nicole Parker, the actress and her husband, Brett Parker, bought the 1926 Spanish-style home in 2006 for $1.75 million. Features include interior archways, beamed ceilings and French doors. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,000 square feet of living space. The grounds include fountains, courtyards and a swimming pool as well as a separate gym/office.
May 30, 2013 |
Grumpy Cat, the Internet feline celebrity known for her disdainful expression, has a movie deal. Broken Road Productions, the company behind the Kevin James vehicle "Paul Blart Mall Cop" and the Adam Sandler movie "Jack and Jill," has optioned the rights to make a film based on Grumpy Cat's persona. Grumpy Cat will speak in the film, a la the 2004 live action Garfield movie. A mixed breed owned by Arizona resident Tabatha Bundesen, Grumpy Cat's real name is Tardar Sauce (yes, that's how it's spelled)
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.'
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 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.