March 8, 2010
Animated feature 'Up' Pete Docter Following wins for "Wall-E" last year and "Ratatouille" in 2008, Pixar scored its third consecutive Oscar in this category for "Up," a colorful fantasy adventure about a widowed curmudgeon (voiced by Ed Asner) and a young Wilderness Explorer (Jordan Nagai) who embark on an airborne voyage to South America with the help of 20,622 helium balloons. "Boy, never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third-grade math book would lead to this," said director and co-screenwriter Pete Docter, who accepted the award.
November 13, 2012 |
Aprilia is going after the adventure bike market - hard - with its powerful, newly designed Caponard 1200. Having captured the hearts of track racers and cycle reviewers with its high end MotoGP-styled superbike RSV4, the Italian bike manufacturer is trying to increase American market share by going after a more casual class of rider. The Caponard is clearly meant to challenge the dominance of the BMW GS-series and Ducati Multistrada machines. The Caponard -- a dramatic upgrade from the mid-2000s Caponard 1000 and a grown-up cousin to the company's Mana 850GT -- offers a V-twin 128-HP power plant (from the same base as Aprilia's Dorsoduro 1200, using the company's now-standard electronic throttle Ride-By-Wire system)
December 29, 2012 |
Two friends and I just returned from an amazing 14-day tour of Morocco. It was a pleasure to leave details to knowledgeable, in-country experts and brothers Hamid and Youssef of Morocco Expert Tours. Although the value of a wonderful adventure is immeasurable, I saw a similar itinerary this month for group travel at several thousand dollars more than the $2,400 we paid for our trip. Morocco Expert Tours also does day trips and custom itineraries. Morocco Expert Tours; http://www.moroccoexpertours.com Fusako Takeda Fountain Valley
September 27, 2012 |
There are just too few down-and-dirty action-adventure films in the mold of "Solomon Kane" these days, assuming, that is, that bloody beheadings and demonic battles are your thing. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, the film sees the title character - a creation of Robert E. Howard, the man responsible for Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja - plunder his way across Africa and Europe while fighting to hold on to his soul against forces of evil. Actor James Purefoy wisely underplays Kane's inner torment - anyone who made it through Nicolas Cage's "Season of the Witch" will particularly appreciate that choice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2001
I live in the mountains above Los Angeles and certainly think that people living in the lower elevations should have every right to come and enjoy the snow. However, after all the excitement of the snowfall and a great day of enjoying this with their families, they leave those of us who live here with their litter. Cups, paper, plastic bags, broken plastic sleds and yes, used diapers. This is their thank you to the mountains for showing them such a good time. Not all those coming to the mountains do this, but as a result of those who do, we have an Adventure Pass (letters, Feb. 12)
December 26, 2004 |
A TV crew headed to Africa worried that it might be injured while filming elephants and other dangerous wildlife. Dr. Bradley Connor, a medical consultant for some members of the production, quickly put the risks into perspective. The biggest enemy, he says, is much smaller than an elephant: "Mosquitoes cause 3 million deaths a year from malaria," says Connor, a N.Y. physician and president of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Connor and other doctors who specialize in travel medicine have been called on to provide preproduction medical care to the cast and crew of such TV shows as "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge" as well as documentaries and feature films set in remote destinations.