December 27, 2012 |
The year that was brought a number of hype-filled hits. Some of that hoopla was deserved. Plenty of it wasn't. So which movies received the most undue recognition? According to an informal survey around the L.A. Times newsroom, there are several viable candidates for the dubious honor of most overrated movie. Did “The Avengers” and its superhero pyrotechnics draw the most unearned praise? “Prometheus" and its cult following? Questing of a more animated sort with "Brave?" The laughers are represented too. Did 'Ted's” raunchy slacker comedy merit all its air kisses?
December 2, 2012 |
N.Y. Giants (7-4) at Washington Redskins (5-6) Time: 5:30 p.m. TV: ESPN Story line: This is a rematch of one of the season's best games, the Giants' 27-23 home victory Oct. 21 when Eli Manning completed a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 remaining, seconds after Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III threw a 30-yard TD pass to Santana Moss. The Redskins rushed for 248 yards that day, and now seek to tighten the NFC East race. Griffin threw eight touchdown passes in a five-day span against Philadelphia and Dallas.
November 17, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Marymount girls' volleyball team scaled another mountain Saturday night and the Sailors have never been higher. Ashlie Williams had 21 kills and Kaitlyn Edwards added 19 as Marymount rallied to upset top-seeded Redondo, 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13, in the Southern Section Division 1AA final Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange. After winning back-to-back Division 1A titles, the Sailors were moved up to the highest division this season and avenged two earlier losses to the Sea Hawks, who were making their fourth 1AA finals appearance.
November 8, 2012 |
After kicking around the festival circuit for a few years, "Ingenious" finally sees release thanks in no small part to the risen fortunes of Jeremy Renner. Now, of course, Renner is a star in the Jason Bourne and "Avengers" action franchises, but before his Oscar-nominated turn in "The Hurt Locker," he was more or less a less a largely unknown working actor. Directed by Jeff Balsmeyer from a script by Mike Cram and based on a true story, the film is the tale of two friends, one an inventor (Dallas Roberts, himself a capable, underrated talent)
October 29, 2012 |
Juan Martin del Potro took Roger Federer's Swiss Indoors title on Sunday, beating the hometown favorite, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), in the final at Basel. Del Potro showed an impressive all-around game to help avenge a heartbreaking loss to Federer in the Olympic semifinals at Wimbledon in August. Federer, who had won the event in five of the last six years, was seeking his 77th title to tie John McEnroe for fourth on the Open era list. Federer later pulled out of his defense of the Paris Masters, which starts Monday, to rest and prepare for the ATP World Tour Finals in London the following week.
October 27, 2012 |
Dudes of the world, you are super into "Iron Man 3. " On Sunday, Marvel released a teaser trailer for the film, which is due out in spring 2013. Just 20 seconds long, it has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. But that's small potatoes compared to the official "Iron Man 3" HD trailer that was released one day later. It went live at midnight Monday night and has already been viewed on YouTube more than 32 million times. It got 11 million views just in the first day. To put that number in perspective, "The Avengers" trailer, which has been up since February, has been viewed about 37 million times.
September 22, 2012 |
Damsels in Distress Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 25 Writer-director Whit Stillman's first film since 1998's "The Last Days of Disco" is a loopy campus comedy, starring Greta Gerwig as an idealistic upperclassman who leads a group of young women with strict rules about dating and cleanliness. Even those who've enjoyed the arch language and intricate social tribalism of Stillman's "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" might be put off by the cartoony absurdism here.
September 20, 2012 |
T-Mobile is trying to set its version of the Galaxy S III smartphones apart from rival carriers by giving it one feature they don't have: a free digital copy of "Marvel's The Avengers. " The mobile carrier said that new and existing customers with a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III will be able to go to the Samsung Media Hub and download the popular superhero movie when it launches Tuesday. That's a cool promotion, but it's unclear just how much a free movie will help T-Mobile, which has a complicated pricing system for the flagship Samsung phone.
September 20, 2012 |
After its $1.5-billion take at the global box office, Walt Disney Co. is hoping to make its super-hero property "Avengers" its next major multi-media franchise alongside "Cars," 'Toy Story' and its princesses. The Burbank media giant's chief financial officer Jay Rasulo made the declaration Thursday at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference for its analysts and clients. An "Avengers" merchandise push will start this holiday season and continue next summer, Rasulo said, noting it would outshadow any merchandise initiatives tied to other Marvel brands, including "Thor" and "Captain America.
September 3, 2012 |
In the end, not even "The Avengers" could save the summer box office. Astronomical receipts for the early May smash starring some of Marvel's biggest superheroes - which has become the third highest-grossing film of all time - weren't enough to prevent the summer box office from closing down roughly 3% to $4.3 billion compared to the same period from May to Labor Day in 2011. Attendance, meanwhile, tumbled about 4% to 533 million, according to Hollywood.com, the lowest number in almost 20 years.