December 26, 2012 |
There were trainer Richard Mandella, veteran owner and mogul B. Wayne Hughes … and KISS frontman Gene Simmons in the winner's circle after the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on Wednesday at Santa Anita Park. Posing, pictures and polite chatter. What did Mandella and Simmons have to talk about after Hughes' stubborn chestnut colt named Jimmy Creed won the Grade I race for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs? "I wanted to sing a little bit and see if he might pick me up for the band," joked Mandella, Jimmy Creed's trainer.
July 9, 2012 |
There's no shortage of big-name stars who have tried to make movies out of hit video games. Mark Wahlberg and “Max Payne.” Dwayne Johnson and “Doom.” Jake Gyllenhaal and “Prince of Persia.” There is, however, a shortage of such movies that have succeeded on any level (pretty much “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and, if you count Milla Jovovich as a big-name star, the “Resident Evil” franchise.) Which makes today's news, first reported by Variety, that Michael Fassbender is throwing his weight behind an “Assassin's Creed” movie just a little bit noteworthy.
March 25, 2012 |
On March 14, a Jerusalem judge acquitted a man accused of forging an inscription on a small stone coffin. The writing, on what's known as the James Ossuary, reads "James son of Joseph brother of Jesus. " Its promoters claim that it's the first archaeological evidence of Jesus Christ's existence and that the box once held the bones of Jesus' brother James. Its detractors, including most scholars, say the last two words of the inscription are faked, modern additions to a genuinely ancient limestone casket.
December 27, 2011 |
Post-Christmas shoppers hit the malls to buy what they didn't get for the holiday, and they were still looking for bargains. Big bargains. Analyst Marshal Cohen of the NPD Group said consumers who had gotten used to drastic discounts offered during the regular holiday shopping season were expecting the same and more. On the day after Christmas, shoppers were finding "a lot of 40% [off] deals" Cohen said, but not the 70% off they were looking for. "The psychology right now is 'No deal, no sale,'" he said.
August 6, 2010 |
"The Disappearance of Alice Creed," a glum British kidnap movie in which writer-director J Blakeson manages to generate tension and some suspense, never rises above the mechanical and contrived, finally lapsing into the improbable. Its three-actor cast is admirably capable and dedicated, but the characters they are playing are stubbornly uninvolving. None, alas, is very bright, even the kidnap victim, and the psychological interplay between the three is trite. Vic ( Eddie Marsan)
August 5, 2010 |
"Hallo, it's Gemma!" The voice on the line is musical as Gemma Arterton apologizes for the early hour, which the London caller imagines to be "something silly" in L.A. Although the cheery-sounding actress is most closely associated with big-budget popcorn movies (" Quantum of Solace," "Clash of the Titans," "Prince of Persia"), it's her dark, twisty new thriller, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed," which opens Friday, that more suits her tastes. "People are always surprised when I say Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke are my favorite directors: 'But you're so pop!