September 11, 2013 |
"Mortal Instruments" author Cassandra Clare was right. In the week leading up to the Aug. 21 release of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," the author of the series was skeptical that a sequel -- which had already been greenlighted and was supposed to begin production this month -- would actually start shooting. After all, the first film had yet to prove itself at the box office. Sure, director Harald Zwart was already scouting locations in Toronto for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes," and preproduction offices were up and running.
September 3, 2013 |
Long weekend update: Seth Meyers has married Alexi Ashe! The "Saturday Night Live" head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor, 39, who is poised to take over "Late Night" from Jimmy Fallon in 2014, wed his longtime girlfriend in an intimate ceremony on Sunday on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, his rep told People. The bride walked down the aisle in a cap-sleeve lace dress, and Meyers wore a dark-colored suit, according to Us Weekly. PHOTOS: 13 memorable 'SNL' stars Ashe's parents reportedly own a house on Martha's Vineyard, and the couple have been frequent vacationers to the New England island this summer and in previous years, Yahoo omg reported . At their star-studded affair, the bride and groom were joined by about 150 guests including Olivia Munn, Allison Williams, Ali Larter, Rashida Jones, Tony Shaloub, Nick Jones, Jack McBrayer and Meyer's "SNL" buddies Lorne Michaels, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Taran Killam, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte and Kenan Thompson, according to several reports.
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August 27, 2013 |
San Francisco officials are scrambling to send more water to the metropolitan area as the massive Rim fire near Yosemite rains ash down on a key reservoir. On Monday, utility officials monitored the clarity of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and used a massive new $4.6-billion, gravity-operated pipeline system to move water quickly to reservoirs closer to the city, the Associated Press reported. The reservoir serves as San Francisco's chief source of water and officials there hoped to make the transfer before the water became tainted by falling ash. Hetch Hetchy supplies water to 2.6-million people in the San Francisco Bay area, 150 miles away.
August 14, 2013 |
A retractable roof will be built over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 22,000-seat main court at the U.S. Open, according to a report Wednesday in the New York Post. The United States Tennis Assn., which runs the U.S. Open, plans a news conference for Thursday to make the announcement, the newspaper reported . The USTA also said it would release design plans for the makeover of the entire Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Over the last five years, even as the Open has been plagued by rain which has delayed both the men's and women's finals, USTA officials have said it would not be cost-effective to build a roof over the massive Ashe Stadium.
August 11, 2013 |
The 1987 film "Ishtar" has long held a cultural status much larger than that of just a single movie, as shorthand for the utter worst, an epochal flop with audiences and critics alike and a huge financial bomb. Its air of failure has become all-encompassing, or as one of the songs featured in the movie put it, "Hello, Ishtar ... You're a state of mind. " The notorious reputation of "Ishtar" as too-expensive and no-good has long crushed the actual film. Last summer, the headline of a New York Times article on the box-office performance of "John Carter" declared "'Ishtar' lands on Mars," and just recently an angry investor railed against a string of summer flops at Sony by declaring it was putting out 2013 versions of "Ishtar.
August 1, 2013 |
"Rising From Ashes" gives you more than you expect. Its story line is as positive and affirmative as the title indicates, but it turns out there are dramas going on in this documentary that you wouldn't initially suspect. Directed by T.C. Johnston and filmed over more than six years, "Ashes" tells the wildly improbable story of the Rwandan National Cycling Team, a.k.a. Team Rwanda, and a devoted American coach who says "they're terrified of me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. " The ashes of the title refers to the 1994 genocide in this African country, when Rwandans murdered one another at a horrific rate: As many as 1 million were killed over a roughly three-month period, which worked out to one person killed every 10 seconds for 100 days.