August 20, 2013 |
Now that he's won his first IndyCar race, Charlie Kimball sees no reason that he can't do it again Sunday when the series visits Sonoma Raceway. His victory at the Mid-Ohio track Aug. 4 "gives us a lot of confidence as a team that we can keep winning," Kimball, 28, said in an interview. Born in Britain and raised in Camarillo, Kimball is in his third year in the Izod IndyCar Series driving for the powerhouse team of Chip Ganassi Racing, whose other drivers are four-time champion Dario Franchitti and two-time title winner Scott Dixon.
August 16, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Phillies hired Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as their manager on Friday after firing Charlie Manuel. Manuel, 69, had managed the Phillies since 2005, a run that included five consecutive National League East championships and a World Series title in 2008. The only managers who have served their current teams longer than Manuel are Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins, neither of whom is assured of returning next season. Manuel, who also managed the Cleveland Indians from 2000 to 2002, has exactly 1,000 victories as a major league manager.
July 29, 2013 |
“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan paid a visit Sunday night to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, “ From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in 'Breaking Bad.' " Before a sold-out audience of several hundred fans, Gilligan sat for a conversation with eminent newsman Charlie Rose. Over the course of the 75-minute chat, he discussed the exact point at which Walt “broke bad” (Gilligan placed it in episode 4 of the first season, when he declines to accept money for his cancer treatment and decides to cook more crystal meth instead)
July 22, 2013 |
O.J. Simpson will not be adding "Anger Management" to his acting credits. Reports circulated Monday that Simpson, who is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for a robbery and kidnappig conviction, was hoping for an early release and hoping to land a recurring role on the FX comedy, which stars Charlie Sheen as an anger management therapist. The New York Post reported that Simpson's longtime promoter, Norman Pardo, recently pitched the idea to an executive on the series "and was met with a resounding thumbs-up.
July 20, 2013 |
LONDON - Traveling to London this summer or just curious about the current state of theatrical affairs? Here's my score card of the scene after a week spent scurrying in and around the West End. "Strange Interlude" at the National Theatre Eugene O'Neill's sweeping drama about a woman trying to find the thread of her life after the death of her beloved fiancé is notable for the way the characters voice their inner thoughts. Experimental for its time, this 1928 Pulitzer Prize-winning play can seem like a clunky Freudian melodrama today.
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July 20, 2013 |
A malnourished bear cub abandoned by its mother after it suffered a broken leg has been rescued from a tree in Truckee, officials said Saturday. The cub, named Charlie, was injured when it was hit by a car two weeks ago, officials said. "Its mother had left it because it couldn't keep up with her ... he wasn't able to walk fast enough," said Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League, an advocacy group. "Mother probably had another cub and had to do the best she could," Bryant said.
July 9, 2013 |
I don't have much use for Hollywood. After more than two decades in Southern California, I've developed a healthy resistance (resentment?) toward the notion that our entire culture can, or should, be interpreted through the filter of the entertainment industry. And yet, even I was excited yesterday by the news that there might be a Charlie Kaufman adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” in the works - if director Guillermo del Toro can figure out a way to get it done.
July 5, 2013 |
These things have happened in Charlie Huston's novels: People are shot, strangled, bludgeoned, raped; a cat is tortured; brains are splattered. With his dark imagination, you might expect Huston to be a black-clad, moody goth, or a cigarette-smoking nihilist with a taste for the macabre. Instead, he's soft-spoken, with a quiet manner and a careful, disciplined bearing. Discipline is what enabled him to publish 11 novels in eight years, while also writing several Marvel comic books and major TV projects like the "All Signs of Death" pilot with Alan Ball.
June 23, 2013 |
The saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, and for Vince Gerard it ended up being the mother of a new gallery in one of Southern California's artiest neighborhoods. The founder of Jazzartz got the idea for his project when he went shopping for fine-art prints of work by David Stone Martin, who designed more than 400 album covers for Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and others. Gerard was unable to find any, though, so he began creating them himself - buying albums on eBay, contacting the artist's estate and making digital replicas of original works.
June 18, 2013 |
Charlie Sheen is evidently still having trouble getting along with costars. The producers of Sheen's FX comedy "Anger Management" confirmed late Tuesday that costar Selma Blair will be leaving the show immediately, after reports of friction with Sheen became public over the last day or so. "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to 'Anger Management' and we wish her the very best," Lionsgate, the studio behind the show, wrote...