February 20, 2014 |
The latest incarnation of "Thérèse Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel of lust and murder, arrives not as a bodice ripper but a bodice unbuttoner. Aiming for the screw-tightening tension of noir, writer-director Charlie Stratton lands in a murky region of the gray scale with "In Secret," a film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title. With varying degrees of success, Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange struggle against the shaky mix of melodrama, black comedy, ghost story and a soupçon of Grand Guignol.
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February 19, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Don't blame the little fish. And don't call it the Central Valley. Both comments, repeated incessantly, were irritants during President Obama's visit to parched California farm country last week. The president was there - in the San Joaquin Valley - to cuddle with water hogs. The hogs are large growers who use lots of water, have just about run out and are angry because they're being denied other people's. And they keep complaining that the government is favoring a little "bait fish" over farmers.
February 2, 2014 |
Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office - meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incumbent with presidents, senators and hometown sports heroes. Henry Waxman's wall has bills, dozens of them - bills he helped turn into law, along with the pens that six presidents used to sign them, going back to Jimmy Carter. There's the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, which virtually invented the generic drug industry (Ronald Reagan signed that one)
January 7, 2014 |
It is, theoretically, a really cool gimmick. If you were in the Midwest when temperatures plunged to about 30 degrees below zero this week, it was probably cold enough to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze in midair. An ABC News reporter did just that on the air . So did a pair of TV meteorologists in Lexington, Ky. "All you have to do is bundle up, get some boiling water, and throw it out in the subzero temperatures and see what happens," one broadcaster in North Dakota said . "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome," Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV anchor in Minneapolis, tweeted to his followers on Sunday . "Do it, people.
January 1, 2014 |
It has been a long time since the Cold War crumbled to dust, making a small mockery of decades of mutually assured paranoia. Those nuclear arsenals, those drop drills, those bad dreams - what were they all for? Kids these days have no idea. Frankly, it's hard to remember myself. One corollary benefit of that time is a great lore and literature of espionage, fictional and factual, a cornerstone of pop culture and childhood play over the last half of the 20th century - and with a change of players, into this one. (Hello, "Homeland.
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October 4, 2013 |
The verdict was delivered in the "Special Events Center" at the Los Angeles County courthouse, with dozens of people queuing up in the hallway as if they were there for a concert. The case itself had been mostly mundane; rooted in the details of contract and credentials, it dragged on for five months. But its finish was always destined to be a spectacle, because the man on trial was Michael Jackson, the King of Pop - never mind that the case was named "Katherine Jackson vs. AEG Live.