October 23, 2012 |
Obviously, the good people in Los Angeles are very different from you people in San Diego. Or, as Bill Johnston , the director of public relations for the Chargers, put it in a recent blog to folks in San Diego: "What's with you people?" The Chargers fell apart last week against Denver despite suggestions now that they were using a sticky substance. They let you people down on national TV, and yet you people flipped out as if they had never done it before. "Time to take a chill pill," wrote the PR guy on chargers.com.
October 18, 2012 |
BEIJING - For most of the last two decades, director Lou Ye has angered Chinese authorities by making movies that touch on sensitive subjects like sex and politics and then by screening them at foreign festivals without official approval. He's had multiple films banned, and was barred for years from even practicing his craft. His newest work, the dark melodrama "Mystery," looked like a chance for the 47-year-old to come in from the cold. Lou received approval from China's censorship body before screening his movie at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. After the festival, he registered the $2.6 million noirish tale, made with 20% French financial backing, as an official French-Chinese co-production.
October 17, 2012 |
The memories stick with me like the Lakers' champagne-filled locker room moments after they won the 2010 NBA championship. I've witnessed Kobe Bryant fight through injury and maximize his greatness, personally tutor children at an after-school program and felt his sweat as he playfully rubbed it on me following an intense workout. I've marveled at Pau Gasol's on-court versatility, seen up close how he interacts with patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and even checked in with him miles away when serving as a UNICEF ambassador for the African nation of Chad.
October 16, 2012 |
Though official word on Beyoncé's hire for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show isn't expected until Wednesday, we have a really good source who says it's definitely a go: Beyoncé. The singer posted a photo (above) to her Tumblr blog where she sports eye black, a grease that reduces glare for athletes playing in sun or stadium light. Written on the two panels is the date of Super Bowl XLVII -- Feb. 3, 2013. She's also puckered up, glossed in red and presumably giving sports fans a big ol' wet one. VIDEO: Best Super Bowl Commercials Bey is beyond capable of the job, but there's definitely some pressure there: Madonna's 2012 spectacular was almost universally praised, and the telecast itself was the highest rated in Super Bowl history at about 111 million viewers.
October 15, 2012 |
In yet another example of how he's transcended basketball, former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will serve as California's After School STEM ambassador. The STEM acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, subjects state Supt. Tom Torlakson believes will help improve California's education system. As an ambassador, Abdul-Jabbar plans to speak publicly on the importance of education. Through 2013, Abdul-Jabbar will travel to cities that host after-school STEM events.
October 15, 2012 |
It's mid-October and the football and basketball seasons are in full swing. For food lovers, this can only mean one thing -- it's tailgate time! When you sit down to watch your favorite team, the gameday snacks are just as important as the games themselves. During this morning's #Weekendeats chat, people shared some fun recipes for gameday food. Here are the highlights: For a twist on wings, Chris Connon from the blog Remadeit.co.uk shared a recipe for sweet cola BBQ chicken wings made with Pepsi, ketchup, malt vinegar and dark soy sauce.
October 14, 2012 |
It wasn't exactly love at first sight, but Metta World Peace hardly hesitated sharing the message his name entails. The Lakers forward had just stripped the ball away from Utah's Gordan Hayward before it dribbled out of bounds. World Peace then ran out of bounds and retrieved the ball from a young woman sitting behind the basket. Before he hopped back onto the court, World Peace leaned down and kissed the woman's hand. "I just saw in her eyes that she liked the hustle," World Peace said after the Lakers' 99-86 preseason loss Saturday to the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
October 8, 2012 |
In 2008, five years after the close of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," four years after the end of "Angel," and the year before "Dollhouse," their creator Joss Whedon took it upon himself to make a short series for the Web, the three-act musical tragicomedy, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. " Widely available these four years online and on home video, it finally comes to television Tuesday, as Whedon may have hoped all along - it is conveniently about the length of an hour of television, with the commercials taken out - on the CW, the network that undoubtedly would have been the home of "Buffy" and "Angel" had it existed when those shows were on, or those shows existed now. But let me return from that parallel universe.
October 6, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts star in … Oops, let's start again. Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad star in "Steel Magnolias," a new made-for-cable melodrama based on the stage play and hit 1989 film. (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) It vexes us when, as happens, "The Simpsons" airs its annual Halloween episode … in November.
October 4, 2012 |
An artist in Kansas is claiming censorship over his unflattering depiction of Gov. Sam Brownback. David Loewenstein wrote on his personal blog that his print showing the politician as a demonic figure featuring the words "Reject Brownback" was taken down from a Topeka cafe. Brownback, a Republican, has also served as a U.S. representative and senator from Kansas. He was elected governor in 2010. Brownback received national attention last year when he eliminated the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to completely do away with arts funding. After intense pressure from arts advocates, Brownback somewhat reversed his decision by restoring some arts funding.