October 30, 2012 |
Hurricane Sandy could affect how marketing spots for at least one big holiday movie are perceived. “Life of Pi,” Fox's Nov. 21 release about a boy who is stranded on a boat with a Bengali tiger in the South Pacific after a major storm, has unintended but unfortunate overtones in the wake of Sandy's devastation. PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy The massive storm, which churned across more than a half-dozen states Monday night and into Tuesday morning, has led to at least 33 deaths and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents along the East Coast.
September 6, 2012 |
The Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot has received praise from artists including Björk, Madonna, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now the band is returning the favor. In a new video communique released by MTV, two members of the group thanked all those artists for their outspoken support while rappelling down the side of a large structure draped in a Pussy Riot banner. The video closes with them setting off flares to ignite a portrait of Vladimir Putin. It's unclear whether those two balaclava-clad members are the same two who recently escaped from Russia under threat of prosecution . The group prizes anonymity, and technically, anyone can don the mask and be an axillary member of Pussy Riot. But the video's curiously high production values and perilous stunt work -- a reference to some members' madcap rooftop escape from Russian police -- raises its own questions, especially given its release just before tonight's Video Music Awards on MTV. Chris Martins at Spin raises the hypothetical possibility that it's no coincidence at all . MTV is reportedly asking artists about Pussy Riot on the red carpet, and it broke the story of the video message.
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August 18, 2012 |
Outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake, a man in sunglasses and flip-flops called out questions to bag-toting shoppers. "Do you support medical marijuana?" he asked. "Well did you hear what City Hall just did?" An army of signature-gatherers has hit Los Angeles streets in recent weeks in a drive to repeal a recent ban on marijuana dispensaries. If activists can collect the roughly 27,400 names required within the next three weeks, a referendum to overturn the ban would go before voters in March.
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August 10, 2012 |
Engineers said Friday that the Curiosity rover happened to catch a picture of its own ride crash-landing on Mars - a wink-of-an-eye serendipity that some dismissed as a statistical impossibility, but appears to have been confirmed by a thorough review of landing data. The final seconds of Curiosity's eight-month-plus journey to Mars called for a spacecraft to lower the rover to the surface using a "sky crane" - three ropes. The ropes were then cut, and the last of the spacecraft, known as the "descent stage," cast itself toward the horizon.
August 8, 2012 |
Did Curiosity capture the galactic equivalent of the Zapruder film when it landed on Mars? Seconds after the NASA robot's landing Sunday night, Curiosity managed to squeeze off a handful of fuzzy, black-and-white photographs. One, taken with a device on its rear known as a Hazcam, captured the pebble-strewn ground beneath the rover and one of its wheels - and a blotch, faint but distinctive, on the horizon. The images were relayed by a passing satellite. Two hours later, the satellite passed overhead again.
July 16, 2012 |
Just in time for travel to the summer Olympics in London, US Airways has increased bag fees for transatlantic passengers. The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline increased the fee for a second checked bag to $100 from $70 for tickets purchased on or after July 11 or for flights departing on that date. A US Airways spokeswoman said the fee was raised to match higher charges imposed by the airlines' competitors and had nothing to do with the upcoming Olympics. "That's just a coincidence," said Liz Landau, a spokeswoman for US Airways.