January 2, 2013
Re "Spiritual but not religious," Opinion, Dec. 28 Corinna Nicolaou looks backward in her quest for a "special kind of wisdom"; it is the religious who should look forward to her and other like-minded "Nones. " She contemplates the pervasive myth that Nones are "missing out. " I ask: Can religion propagate kindness without intolerance? Does it incline people "to see the big picture," or is a church a group of people encouraging each other that they no longer have to wonder?
December 21, 2012 |
I have the day off, recovering from a trip back East with the Lakers and old age. But I find myself writing because I cannot believe the idiotic things being written about Kobe Bryant. Now I know what you are thinking: The guy really does need a rest if he's defending Kobe Bryant. But ESPN's Chris Broussard and Fox's Jason Whitlock have done Kobe a disservice, both coming to the conclusion that Kobe is the reason for the Lakers disappointing everyone this season. Without Kobe being Kobe this season, the Lakers might as well make like the NHL and disappear.
September 21, 2012 |
Earlier this week, angered by a question about the return of an injured player, Lane Kiffin stormed out of a daily news conference after less than 30 seconds. I don't need that long to give him some advice. Chill out, dude. Stop sweating the small stuff. End these weekly tiffs with the media. Worry less about hiding injuries and more about hitting linebackers. You are distracting your team and clouding your mission. I called Kiffin Thursday about this growing mess, and, give him credit, he acknowledged his part in it. He admitted he was wrong to walk out of the news conference.
August 22, 2012 |
When I began writing this column in 2000, I was wringing my hands about what looked like a new low in the movie business. Sony Pictures was about to release "Charlie's Angels," a less-than-stellar remake of a less-than-venerable TV show. It sounded like a terrible idea, especially when I discovered that the studio had paid a whopping 17 writers to work on the film - including A-listers such as Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant, and a batch of"Seinfeld" vets who did a round-table joke writing session right before production started.
August 13, 2012 |
As the presidential campaign moves into high gear, politics is front and center these days in Hollywood. Warner Bros.chief Barry Meyer held a $2,500-a-head fundraiser on Sunday with Michelle Obama as its headliner. Harvey Weinstein just had a $35,800-a-head dinner that raised $2.4 million for President Obama, whom Weinstein dubbed the Paul Newman of American presidents. George Clooney hosted a fundraising dinner here in May that raised $15 million. Spike Lee, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and others have been rounding up the dollars at similar events.
July 25, 2012 |
The best thing you can say about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that it's impossible to imagine it ever being investigated for campaign finance violations. While our two political parties are expected to each spend nearly a billion dollars in negative advertising to elect a president this November, the academy's upcoming presidential election proceeds with polite, almost quaint, rules. Next Tuesday, someone will be named as the academy's new president, succeeding Tom Sherak, who is termed out after three productive years as chief.