March 4, 2012 |
Lakers fans groaned whenever he shot the ball. The media picked apart his fading offense, his decreasingly effective defense. Metta World Peace didn't care. He knew his defense would eventually return, as it did Sunday against the Miami Heat. World Peace helped hold LeBron James to 25 points on 12-for-26 shooting, turning the All-Star forward into an off-balance shooter a number of times in the Lakers' 93-83 victory. "I'm going to answer this as honest as I can," World Peace said, "but I'm one of the best defensive players ever.
December 23, 2012 |
The critical acclaim for the new Kathryn Bigelow movie "Zero Dark Thirty" has renewed the debate on the efficacy of torture. The movie dramatizes the decade-long effort to find and eventually kill Osama bin Laden. In a riveting opening section, the film obliquely credits the discovery of the key piece of information in the search for Bin Laden to the torture of an Al Qaeda prisoner held by the CIA. This is at odds with the facts as they have been recounted by journalists reporting on the manhunt, by Obama administration intelligence officials and by legislative leaders.
February 19, 2014 |
Here are the five questions Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk needs to answer when the electric car company releases its fourth quarter and full-year financial results Wednesday afternoon. 1. Is a merger with Apple coming? Musk met with Adrian Perica, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who heads Apple's mergers-and-acquisitions team, last year. Might Tesla -- and its astounding $25-billion market valuation for what really is a very small company -- be in play?
October 19, 2012 |
"Argo," the CIA caper film starring and directed by Ben Affleck, spent $31 million in the Los Angeles region in 2011, Warner Bros. said. The movie, which tells the dramatic story of CIA agent Tony Mendez's plot to rescue six American workers during the Iranian hostage crisis, cost $44 million to make, after a $6.4-million California film tax credit. Most of that money was spent locally during the 14-week shoot. Ten weeks were filmed in the L.A. area (the remainder of the filming took place in Turkey and Washington, D.C. )
February 26, 2014 |
Microsoft is encouraging users to try its Bing and OneDrive services by offering them 100 GB of free cloud storage for one year. Users can earn the storage by signing up for Bing Rewards, a program that gives users credits every time they use Microsoft's search engine. Those credits can then be traded in for rewards, such as gift cards. Microsoft said users who earn 100 credits can redeem them for the free storage with OneDrive, the company's cloud service that was formerly known as SkyDrive.
April 24, 2014 |
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
January 27, 1991
I'll tell you what really tees me off. It's when the makers of a shot-on-film series (especially dramas) no longer print the beginning or end credits directly onto the film. Instead, they simply flash video-generated credits over a filmed-image. Something is seriously wrong. It's like mixing oil and water, very cheap and tacky looking. Video credits are perfect for a video-taped sitcom, but not for a film. Brian Mesmer, Torrance
June 22, 1986
I think it is terrible how the news programs on local stations interrupt the previous show's credits. The credits are shown in a box in the corner of the TV screen. One can not read them because they are so small and out of focus. Many of us still like to read the credits at the end of a TV show or movie. H. Howard, Westminster
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2012
Zig Ziglar Speaker built motivational empire Zig Ziglar, 86, the consummate salesman who built a lucrative motivational empire, died Wednesday of pneumonia at his home in Plano, Texas, a family spokeswoman said. With an aim at helping people achieve success in their careers and personal lives, in addition to a focus on Christianity, Ziglar was a prolific speaker who appeared at events alongside world leaders, including several U.S. presidents and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.