July 22, 2012 |
CARDIFF, Wales — The rest of the world may think the Olympics begin in London on Friday, but Gerry Toms knows better. The first event of the Summer Games, a women's soccer match between Britain and New Zealand, actually takes place Wednesday afternoon, two days before the official opening ceremony. And it won't happen in England but rather here in the Welsh capital, 130 miles from London. Toms is manager of the enormous Millennium Stadium that will host the debut match and 10 others over the course of the Olympics.
June 3, 2011 |
The word "painterly" is perhaps too often applied to cinematography, but in the case of Jack Cardiff it couldn't be more apt. He was a painter as well as one of the true innovators in the history of moviemaking, and it was with a painter's eye that he approached the use of color on celluloid. "Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff" is filled with gloriously vivid HD clips of his groundbreaking work in such films as "The Red Shoes" and "Black Narcissus," as well as rich anecdotes from Cardiff, who died in 2009.
June 1, 2011 |
Matthew Libatique, cinematographer on such movies as "Black Swan," "Iron Man" and "The Fountain," follows a certain routine before he starts a film. He studies paintings and photographs for inspiration and rewatches two British classics: 1947's "Black Narcissus" and 1948's "The Red Shoes. " Those two films, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, were visually arresting thanks to cinematographer Jack Cardiff, whose nine-decade career in movies began with silent films and lasted into the 21st century.
December 22, 2010 |
The stage was set by a coy news release from NASA that hinted at a discovery tied to the search for extraterrestrial life. The blogosphere went wild: Had bacteria been found on one of Saturn's moons, or life of some sort on Mars? FOR THE RECORD: Mono Lake bacteria: A Dec. 23 article in Section A about a bacteria from Mono Lake that may be able to survive on the toxic element arsenic quoted Harry Collins, who studies the sociology of scientific knowledge at the University of Cardiff, and said that the university is in England.
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June 30, 2009 |
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has begun an internal affairs investigation into a deputy's use of pepper spray to make an arrest at a political fundraiser. The probe was ordered after Democratic congressional hopeful Francine Busby met with Undersheriff Bill Gore to complain about the incident Friday at a home in a Cardiff neighborhood. Busby is seeking her party's nomination for a rematch next year with Rep.
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April 23, 2009 |
Jack Cardiff, the British cinematographer who won an Academy Award for his stunning color work on the 1947 drama "Black Narcissus" and later became an Oscar-nominated director, has died. He was 94. Cardiff, who as a cinematographer was known as a pioneer of Technicolor and a "master of light," died Wednesday of age-related causes at his home in Ely, England, said Craig McCall, the producer and director of a pending documentary on Cardiff. "Jack was a great ambassador to film," McCall said.