April 26, 2013 |
It's rare for a talky, character-driven drama to be given one sequel, let alone two. Yet with "Before Midnight" - Richard Linklater's reprisal of characters he first made famous 18 years ago in "Before Sunrise" - the director has done just that. The film, which opens May 24, returns us to the lovelorn Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). This time, the pair - he darkly comic, she earnest and idealistic - aren't meeting by chance but are vacationing on a Greek island, having gotten together nearly a decade ago. Now in their 40s and a little wiser for it, they're living together in Paris and raising twin daughters - a turn that resolves the question about their collective fate posed at the end of the second film, "Before Sunset," all the way back in 2004.
April 24, 2013 |
UCLA football is embracing a high-tech future. The Bruins unveiled a new gizmo Wednesday: the CoachComm Tempo, a system that includes two Led Zeppelin-ready speakers and that can run the clock and scoreboard, simulate crowd noise, play music and be used to amplify the instructions of coaches. "A lot of teams around the country are using this," Coach Jim Mora said. "Oregon uses it; Chip Kelly bought one when he went to [coach] Philadelphia. We talked to five or six coaches and they all said it would help practice efficiency.
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April 16, 2013 |
Martyl Langsdorf, the artist who created the widely known Doomsday Clock for the first cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, died March 26 at a rehabilitation facility near her home in suburban Chicago of complications from a lung infection. She was 96. Since its introduction in 1947, the drawing of the Doomsday Clock has kept watch as international incidents flared. The clock is a symbol of the Nuclear Age, whose minute hand moves closer to midnight - and presumed annihilation - with each major immediate danger.
April 13, 2013 |
Showtime was only minutes away at the Glass House in Pomona on a recent Saturday night as Michael Quercio, Danny Benair, and Louis Gutierrez, three original members of the Los Angeles psychedelic pop quartet the Three O'Clock, prepared for their first live show together in 28 years. With the exception of the band's frontman Quercio, who at 50 has maintained the boyish looks that made him a local heartthrob in the 1980s, the rest of the band bore little resemblance to their musical personas of old - a reality they were willing to joke about.
April 10, 2013 |
There may be no more famous stunt in all of silent film than Harold Lloyd hanging from the hands of a huge clock overlooking downtown Los Angeles in 1923's "Safety Last!" Though his star has eclipsed a bit, Lloyd has always been considered one of the great silent clown triumvirate along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. On April 18, in honor of the film's 90th anniversary, it will be possible to see a brand-new digital transfer of that celebrated film at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, part of Film Independent's screening series there.
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April 8, 2013 |
Wind gusts topping 70 mph were recorded Monday afternoon as Southern California was buffeted by a major Santa Ana wind event. The National Weather Service said the high winds were causing dust storms and had created zero-visibility conditions in some desert areas. In Lancaster, winds were clocked at 70 mph amid a sand storm. In Imperial County, a 73 mph gust was reported. Scattered power outages were also reported. A high-wind advisory is in effect across Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, where gusts could peak at 45 mph, said weather service meteorologist Andrew Rorke.
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April 4, 2013 |
As the hours stretch on in the search for a missing hiker in Trabuco Canyon, officials said finding the girl's friend alive the night before has given them a renewed sense of optimism. The search for Kyndall Jack, 18, is now in its fourth day, with scores of rescuers scouring the area on the ground and overhead, deploying helicopters and search dogs in the canyons of south Orange County. "The clock is obviously ticking -- she's been out there a long time," Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jason Park said, adding that with the mild weather conditions and her fitness and health level, "it's pretty promising.
March 22, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn't so much a goodbye wave as a slap in the face. After 10 years of professionally serving a university he loved, Ben Howland was ushered out with two hours of everything he hated. Selfish shots. Lazy defense. Blank stares. In what was probably Howland's final game as a UCLA basketball coach after a decade of giving the program class and dignity and three Final Four appearances, his players gave him nothing. IN-DEPTH: Shabazz Muhammad's father planned to mint NBA millionaire In what was probably his last stand, he was crushed.
March 11, 2013 |
Time. It's a topic that doesn't much affect Roger Federer. The owner of 17 major titles and the defending champion of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells never wastes time. He certainly didn't on Monday, taking only 61 minutes to defeat Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 6-3, 6-1, in the third round at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Federer doesn't fiddle with his clothing or walk in dizzying circles after a tense point. Whether he hits a swift winning shot after a short rally or mishits a losing shot after running and running during a long point, Federer just moves ahead.
March 3, 2013 |
Lakers 99 - Hawks 98 (Final) The Lakers won a close one at Staples Center on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Kobe Bryant hit a layup with nine seconds on the clock to put the Lakers up 99-98. The Hawks had one final chance to win the game but Josh Smith turned it over under his own basket and time expired. Bryant scored the Lakers' final six points, finishing with 34 on the night while shooting 13-27 (48.2%) from the field. The Lakers shot 48.7% from the field as a team but turned the ball over 21 times.