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August 22, 2013 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. “The big problem we have are Republicans,” she said, speaking at a health center in North Hollywood. “They are the obstacle.” Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October.
August 21, 2013 |
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth - although attacking his teeth might be a better description. It's a small detail, but like many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. The avant-garde artist is known for his "action" painting - boxing gloves are indeed involved. But as riveting as Shinohara is, the real artist the film is interested in is Noriko, Shinohara's wife of 40 years.
August 18, 2013 |
An up-close, warts-and-all look at an aging couple's marriage and lives as artists would be a challenging subject for any documentary film director, let alone a first-timer. With "Cutie and the Boxer," Zachary Heinzerling not only took on the task, he took it on in a language he doesn't speak - Japanese. The movie, which he filmed largely at the immigrant couple's New York loft, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and Heinzerling won for director there. Now open in Los Angeles, the film has a 97% fresh rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
August 15, 2013 |
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth, although attacking his teeth would come closer to the ferocity with which he goes at the job. It's a small detail, but like so many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. An artist, Shinohara is known for his "boxing" technique, part of his...
August 12, 2013 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday sent a letter to CBS Corp. Chief Executive Les Moonves and Time Warner Cable chief Glenn Britt, urging them to end the dispute that has resulted in CBS-owned channels being blacked out in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas for a second week. “Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks...
August 12, 2013 |
There's more to see in Louisville than horse country and the Kentucky Derby. The super-size Louisville Slugger baseball bat and boxer Muhammad Ali's "journey to greatness" are on display at downtown museums that showcase some of the city's other claims to fame. Visitors can cash in on a new pass good at six museums that offer their own perspective on life in Derby City and beyond. The deal: The Main Ticket can be bought online or at the visitor center at 301 Fourth St. It's good for admission to: -- Frazier History Museum -- Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft -- Kentucky Science Center -- KentuckyShow!
August 7, 2013 |
A powerful story of triumph and tragedy - and the infamous moment that encapsulated both - gets a stirring workout in the colorful, absorbing documentary "The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini," directed by Jesse James Miler, based on the book by Mark Kriegel. Early-1980s sports icon Ray Mancini grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, idolizing his father, 1940s' top-ranked lightweight contender Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini, and devoted to his older brother, Lenny Jr., who also briefly boxed.
July 25, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali's most fierce and important fight might have been outside the ring. HBO's upcoming film "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" looks at the legal battle that ensued when the boxer refused to serve in the Vietnam War, a move that also saw him stripped of his heavyweight title. The film, directed by Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), looks at the famed boxer's Supreme Court battle from the perspective of the justices who ruled on the case. The cast includes Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer, Barry Levinson, Ed Begley Jr. and Danny Glover.
July 24, 2013 |
Orlando Cruz was in the middle of training for his world featherweight title fight Tuesday when he heard of Emile Griffith's death. Cruz, who announced he was gay last year, had previously attempted to meet personally with the ailing former world welterweight and middleweight champion who died at age 75 Tuesday in New York. Griffith struggled for years over questions about his sexuality, and was taunted viciously by 1962 opponent Benny Paret. Griffith unloaded repeated unanswered punches on Paret in their Madison Square Garden fight, and Paret died of brain injuries days later.
July 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Capitol Hill sought to move climate change back to the front of the congressional agenda Thursday morning, after a long period of inaction. But the testy back-and-forth at a hearing of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), suggests that Congress is still paralyzed on global warming, even as many states aggressively enact their own policies. Boxer and fellow Democrats are hoping to build momentum on President Obama's release of a “Climate Action Plan” last month.