September 16, 2013 |
TORONTO - Standing ovations for movies playing at the Toronto International Film Festival are as ubiquitous as Benedict Cumberbatch and the food trucks lining the downtown entertainment district. Every film receiving a gala premiere brings the audience to its feet (at least, once the houselights go up and the spotlight shines on the stars sitting in the mezzanine), even so-so films that no one particularly adores such as this year's festival opener, "The Fifth Estate. " When a movie prompts festival-goers to clap in unison before the stars hit the stage, as did "12 Years a Slave," that's different.
September 12, 2013 |
About 150,000 spectators squeezed into Soldier Field in Chicago that night in September, 1927, and many left convinced they'd witnessed the fight of the century. The drama's high point came in Round 7 when former champion Jack Dempsey stung Gene Tunney with a savage left hook to the jaw, part of a six-punch flurry that dumped the heavyweight champ on the canvas. Tunney, his arm grabbing a ring rope, seemed glassy-eyed as he sat for 14 seconds while the referee delayed starting a count till Dempsey moved to a neutral corner.
September 10, 2013 |
Key changes outnumbered costume changes during Ariana Grande's concert Monday night at Club Nokia, where the ascendant pop-soul singer (and star of Nickelodeon's “Sam & Cat”) touched down for the final date of her so-called Listening Sessions tour. It was a big night for Grande: Squinting up into the mezzanine at this packed downtown venue, she thanked her cast mates and various Nickelodeon executives for coming to the show; later, her manager appeared onstage to tell Grande that her debut album, “ Yours Truly ,” will enter this week's chart at No. 1. She received the news by doing her best Taylor Swift -- hand over open mouth, wide eyes beaming happy incredulity -- while her fans cheered proprietarily, gratified by their role in Grande's success.
September 9, 2013 |
TORONTO -- You might have thought that the effects of extreme weight loss was the greatest challenge for “The Dallas Buyers Club” star Matthew McConaughey as he tackled the role of Ron Woodroof, the homophobic electrician who became an unlikely pioneer for alternative AIDS treatments in the 1980s. Turns out that wasn't the case. “I had plenty of energy,” the actor, who dropped nearly 50 pounds for the part, told an audience at the movie's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday night.
September 8, 2013 |
TORONTO -- As much as I love challenging films, I'm not sure I would recommend starting the day with “The Railway Man,” with Colin Firth as a British World War II vet suffering serious post traumatic stress disorder, and ending it at midnight with an emaciated Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as a good ol' Texas boy diagnosed in the first wave of the AIDS crisis. But I did. It's the blessing and the curse of film festivals packed with tons of intriguing movies and tight schedules.
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September 3, 2013 |
A quarter of a century after a Santa Ana strip club owner was ambushed and gunned down, a Hawaiian man has been sentenced to life in prison in what once was one of Orange County's most intriguing unsolved murders . Richard Curtis Morris Jr. was found guilty of murder earlier this year in the 1987 slaying of Jimmy Casino, who was born James Stockwell until he rebranded himself when he became the flamboyant owner of the Mustang Topless Theater in...
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August 30, 2013 |
It started as a social club, a way for a bunch of Westside workaholics to carve out time for fun while doing a few good deeds on the side. As comfortable alums of prestigious schools, with satisfying careers, they wanted their friendship to become a lever of social change. "We were part of that generation in the '60s and '70s where social causes based on race and poverty came to the forefront," recalled investment banker Rob Deutschman. "We were all exposed to the civil rights movement, to Vietnam, to the campaigns against poverty in urban America.
August 28, 2013 |
The Galaxy has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce that it has reached agreement with forward Landon Donovan on a multiyear contract that will probably keep him in Major League Soccer for the rest of his career. The deal is the club's most significant since the 2007 signing of former English national team captain David Beckham, whose decision to play in the U.S. transformed the league and the Galaxy. The signing of the 31-year-old Donovan, meanwhile, keeps the most decorated player in MLS history at home despite reports he received numerous offers from clubs in Europe and Latin America.
August 24, 2013 |
It is not even Labor Day, but the champagne is on ice in Pittsburgh. Not in the Pirates' clubhouse, mind you. But a wave of merriment is about to wash over town, where a beaten-down fan base can rise up to toast the end of one of baseball's most painful streaks. The Pirates could clinch their first winning season since 1992 this week. It gets better. The Pirates could not win 82 games over six months for the last 21 years. They could win 82 games over five months this year.
August 24, 2013 |
The series finale Sunday against the Boston Red Sox won't make or break the Dodgers' season. Win or lose, they will still have a considerable lead over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. But Chris Capuano, who will take the mound for the Dodgers, said the game is important. With the Dodgers dropping a 4-2 decision to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, they are in danger of losing a series for the first time since they dropped two of three games to the Pittsburgh Pirates in mid-June.