June 20, 2013 |
Note to self after watching "Somm": That nice person who helps you decide what wine to choose at an upscale restaurant just might be a little bit crazy. That is one of the messages of this glib but ultimately engaging documentary about the folks who not only become sommeliers but also expend the extraordinary effort necessary to become master sommeliers by passing an exam so rigorous it makes grown men weep. As written and directed by Jason Wise, "Somm" follows four individuals as they prepare to take the test that fewer than 200 people have passed in the more than 40 years since it was first given in the U.K. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The exam has three parts, all flowing from the basic job of the sommelier, which is to help patrons match the wine they choose to the food they've selected.
June 13, 2013 |
Ken Solomon, chief executive of the small Tennis Channel, regrets the 4 a.m. email blast he sent staff members of the Santa Monica-based network. Solomon composed the email last month from his Paris hotel room, hours after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered a crushing blow against the independent Tennis Channel in a long-running legal dispute with cable giant Comcast Corp. The three judges who heard the case sided with Comcast. In a lengthy rant, Solomon compared Comcast to a "brutal captor" that committed a sexual assault on the Tennis Channel for nearly a decade.
May 31, 2013
Join actor David Morrissey and Times staff writer Glenn Whipp at noon PDT today for a live video chat about Morrissey's turn as the Governor on the AMC hit television series "The Walking Dead. " Fans of Robert Kirkman's comic book had long been anticipating the introduction of the iconic bad-guy character, the Governor, to the series, and, judging from this year's ratings, they weren't disappointed. "We were looking for a talented actor who could play a lot of nuance,” showrunner Glen Mazzara said of casting Morrissey, a Liverpool native best known for his turn in the British miniseries “State of Play” and the noir-inflected “Red Riding” murder mystery film trilogy.
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May 30, 2013 |
The husband of a woman who was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls said he is haunted by the "brutality" of the attack and hopes the murder charge sends a message to owners of vicious dogs. “There's no way I can get the brutality of this out of my head," said Ben Devitt, 65. "And the fact that there's animals out there roaming around with that kind of killer instinct, it's just kind of something I can't shake.” Devitt said he lives three blocks from Alex Johnson, 29, who was charged with murder in the May 9 attack that killed Pamela Devitt, his wife of 43 years.
May 29, 2013 |
OWN's first scripted drama, Tyler Perry's "The Have and the Have Nots," got off to a great start among viewers, scoring record ratings, but was blasted by some critics. The creative marriage between Perry and Oprah Winfrey -- at least for now -- seems to be a match made in ratings heaven for Winfrey's OWN. Tuesday's back-to-back episodes of “The Haves and the Have Nots” were the network's highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers (1.57 million of them women age 25-54)
May 24, 2013 |
If Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano share a single regret, it's having not risked spinal injury together to film a key sequence for the thriller "Fast & Furious 6" last year. The action actresses get downright aw-shucks-y - wistful, even - discussing the missed opportunity to careen over a handrail locked in combat and tumble down a grotty stairwell in London's Underground: one of the most over-the-top scenes from one of this summer's most hotly awaited movies, which hits theaters late Thursday.
May 16, 2013 |
New video surfaced on the Internet on Thursday purporting to show Syrian rebel fighters killing 11 prisoners they accused of taking part in massacres by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It was the latest of many grisly videos that have spotlighted the growing sectarianism and brutality on both sides of a conflict that has killed at least 80,000 people since 2011, according to new United Nations estimates. Another video circulating on the Internet appears to show a Syrian rebel commander mutilating the corpse of a dead soldier while shouting sectarian insults, drawing condemnation this week from New York-based Human Rights Watch.
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May 13, 2013
The fatal beating of a 33-year-old man and the actions of Kern County sheriff's deputies in its aftermath have led to claims of police brutality and an attempted coverup . Times reporters Paul Pringle and Richard Winton will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the death of David Silva, who witnesses and attorneys said was hit repeatedly in the head by deputies even though he was prone on the pavement and posed no threat. “I saw two sheriff's deputies on top of this guy, just beating him,” said Ruben Ceballos, who saw the incident from his home.
May 12, 2013 |
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Lieuwe Westra, red-faced and shaking, was the winner of Sunday's first stage at the Amgen Tour of California, on a day when temperatures on the route were recorded as high as 105 degrees. James Stemper, of the 5-hour Energy/Kenda Racing team, who was awarded the title as most courageous rider for helping lead an early breakaway, said, "Heat was probably the biggest factor of the day. Eventually you could not pedal very hard. " Carter Jones, who rides for the Bissell Pro Cycling team and who earned the most points toward winning the King of the Mountain title as best uphill rider, said, "The heat was brutal.