March 19, 2013 |
Cinespia and the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation's screening Saturday of Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown L.A. is currently sold out. But 200 additional tickets will go on sale Tuesday (March 1 9) at noon. There will be a limit of two tickets per person. The Million Dollar Theater, one of the first movie palaces built in the United States, opened in 1918. The venerable Broadway theater was one of the locations featured in "Blade Runner," which stars Harrison Ford.
February 15, 2013 |
He was a national treasure who inspired the world when he made Olympics history as the first double amputee runner to compete using prosthetic blades. She was a blond-haired, blue-eyed cover girl and celebrity model, with a law degree and an interest in women's rights. But in a Valentine's Day tragedy involving South Africa's "Blade Runner," Oscar Pistorius, the body of a woman was found in a pool of blood early Thursday at his home in an upscale suburb of Pretoria. Pistorius was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON -- Oscar Pistorius marches into Olympic Stadium with a limping gait of an old man, and the only thing you see, the only place you look, the only thing that matters, are his legs. They are blades. Goodness, they really are blades. Their charcoal tint glistens beneath a sudden London sun. They seem to squeak around a damp midmorning track. He flew the legs here from South Africa in a carry-on bag. He will be delayed after his race because he is removing the legs. PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics, Day 8 When he drops into the metal starting blocks Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics, his legs make it appear he's actually part of the starting blocks.
July 5, 2012 |
Every Olympics has at least one story that leaves a giant, enduring footprint. Just guessing, but this summer it will be about the sprinter with no feet. Earlier this week the news slipped under a radar blinking madly with NBA trade talk, but the announcement from South Africa will soon blind the world with its shocking, silvery glint. Competing in London next month in the 400-meter dash and 1,600-meter relay will be a double amputee with no lower legs, a guy who races on carbon-fiber prosthetic blades, an imperfect athlete with the most perfect of nicknames.
June 13, 2011 |
To best understand the athletic pursuits of Oscar Pistorius, it would be ideal to walk a mile in his shoes. Except, we can't. When Pistorius competes, he runs on artificial limbs known as Cheetah Flex-Foot prosthetics. They are shaped like the letter J, are made by a company (Ossur) with headquarters in Iceland and connect to the leg just below the knee. Their appearance, and Pistorius' speed, have brought him the nickname "The Blade Runner. " If you were an editor or network TV producer compiling a list of the likely best stories to come out of the 2012 Olympics in London, Pistorius' would be near the top. He is trying to make the Games, as a member of the South African Olympic team, in the 400 meters.
March 19, 2010 |
Plenty of interior body parts are forcibly removed from reluctant humans in the violent, futuristic action film "Repo Men." Kidneys, hearts, livers, all high-tech and artificial, are taken out and, in the movie's cautionary premise, rented to the medically needy at usury-friendly rates by a nasty corporation called the Union. But there's a key organ missing from the movie itself: a brain. In its place is a memory bank of other, better movies. That's a shame because creeping around the edges of "Repo Men" is the potential for a funky and prescient piece of gory dystopian satire.