June 12, 2011 |
Several years ago, I spent time with Gunther Gebel-Williams, the celebrated Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal trainer. I watched in awe as this intensely charismatic man played with a cage full of lions and tigers as if they were so many household cats. His assistant, standing next to me, took it all in. "Both people and animals," he explained, "they want his good word. " As it was with Gebel-Williams, so it is with Buck Brannaman, the subject of the marvelous new documentary "Buck," which opens Friday.
February 2, 2003 |
Nothing is simple about mineral rights in Wyoming. While some ranchers own the rights to the treasure beneath their feet, in most cases they do not. The Stock Raising Homestead Act of 1916 granted land to ranchers, but in most cases kept the mineral rights in federal hands. In other cases, those rights are owned by the state, or even other private owners.
December 22, 2011 |
As often happens with documentaries and the Oscars, the world's zeitgeist (of tenacious individual power doing battle with various corporate, governmental and other Goliaths) has found its way onto the 2012 shortlist. This year, many of the films unspool David stories that show the strength of a single person or group to effect real change against powerful odds. Here's a quick look at the 15 shortlisted films for feature documentary: "Battle for Brooklyn" — directors Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley We see a rabble-rousing passionate and public fight against the building of the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, where a small group of residents put up massive resistance.
June 23, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Justin Bieber; Michael Phelps. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Brooke Shields; Raven-Symoné; Dave Salmoni. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Regis and Kelly Elton John; Amy Poehler. 9 a.m. KABC The View Justin Bieber; Brooke Shields; Dave Salmoni; Chris Cuomo on the Casey Anthony murder trial. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Carson Kressley; Gabrielle Anwar; Tisha Campbell-Martin. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS Piers Morgan Tonight Barry Manilow. (N)
November 13, 2011 |
UNDERRATED The War on Drugs: Like a strangely addictive mix between the vocal stylings of the Traveling Wilburys (Dylan and Tom Petty in particular) and the spaced-out atmospherics of the U.K.'s Spiritualized, this Philadelphia group sounds so much better than its political catchphrase name. Released this summer, the group's brilliant sophomore album, "Slave Ambient," pulls off the curious magic trick of sounding instantly familiar yet utterly new. 'Buck': A winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this moving documentary about Montana-raised trainer Dan "Buck" Brannaman won't just change the way you look at horses, it'll probably alter the way you view people as well.
October 11, 1998 |
I met my first horse when I was a toddler, and my mother hoisted me aboard Evita (yes, long before Madonna, my mom knew that Ms. Peron was worthy of tribute). The view from up there was pretty good, as I recall, and I liked being carried around on so large and powerful a creature. Maybe it would help me meet the cowboys and Indians who populated my inner landscape, fulfill what I now know is that most basic of American desires--to escape, start over.