December 12, 2009 |
There were inscriptions written above the entrance of the Temple of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi, and the two most famous ones were cautionary words of wisdom: "Know thyself" and "Nothing too much." Those bits of ancient advice are worth considering as two Hollywood studios hope to launch film franchises that use Greek mythology as the unlikely premise for popcorn entertainment. "These are the stories that began storytelling in many ways," director Louis Leterrier said a few months ago on the London set of his "Clash of the Titans," the Warner Bros.
September 23, 2004 |
It started innocently, my affair in the tropics. I wanted only to stroll down Sunset to redeem a fraction of good health -- an attack of conscience after a lard bomb of a Mexican meal. A few paces into the walk, it was all over, and all it took was an open door. The teeny-tiny hut radiated Polynesian charm like a sun setting along the beach. Oh, the Tiki-Ti, you say. Those killer drinks, those shrunken heads, the day-after curse of tropical concoctions that go down like liquid sugar.
November 30, 1985 |
Johnny (Blood) McNally, a halfback on four Green Bay Packer championship teams in pre-World War II years, combined dazzling gridiron performance with rambunctious off-field behavior to become a sports legend. "He was a hard-nosed player, all right," said fellow Hall of Fame member Don Hutson, 72, a teammate in 1935-36. Off the field, "he was the most affable guy anybody ever knew." McNally died Thursday at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., the day after his 82nd birthday.
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September 12, 2011
Andy Whitfield Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew. Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that made headlines with its graphic violence and sexuality.
June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael Ordoña and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."
April 9, 2010
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Your host has one week to teach 1,000 people how to cook in this new episode of the reality series (9 p.m. ABC). Gator 911: This new reality series documents the exploits of a Texas-based team of alligator experts (9 p.m. CMT). What Not to Wear: A self-professed nudist learns to dress for success on the season finale (9 p.m. TLC). Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: This new reality series looks at those who cook for the rich and famous (10 p.m. Food)