January 1, 2014 |
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
December 19, 2013 |
As if high scoring games in football weren't enough, now basketball is starting to join the crowd. Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga engaged in a fan's delight on Thursday night in the Inland Empire Classic. When the buzzer sounded, Chino Hills had a 121-102 victory. Bishop Mency scored 26 points, LiAngelo Ball 24 and Mark Williams 22 for Chino Hills. Victor Joseph led Rancho Cucamonga with 31 points. Compton defeated Los Osos, 78-64. Isaiah Bailey scored 27 points. Etiwanda defeated Corona Santiago, 59-31.
December 18, 2013 |
Short cruises between Los Angeles and Mexico are one of the most inexpensive cruises around, and January is a month when they get even cheaper. It's good news for those who want to take a few days to recover from the holiday madness or those who want to experience a starter cruise. Here are some sample itineraries and prices for interior cabins on sailings from Los Angeles: Deal 1: Three-day West Coast Getaway cruises aboard the Sapphire Princess spend a day in Ensenada, Mexico , and a day at sea before returning to L.A. Interior staterooms start at $218 per person for a Jan. 13 departure, excluding tax and fees.
December 14, 2013 |
Travis and David Wear, fifth-year seniors, identical 6-foot-10 twins from Huntington Beach who started their college basketball careers at North Carolina under Roy Williams, transferred to UCLA under Ben Howland and are now playing for Steve Alford, are used to playing together. The Wears began the game against Prairie View A&M on Saturday standing next to each other, giving each other a pat on the back. Within the first four minutes, Travis hit a jumper from the baseline and David made a three-pointer to give the Bruins a seven-point lead, plays that weren't huge deals in the big picture of the 95-71 win for UCLA (9-1)
December 13, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Pau Gasol found a new foe, aquamarine in color and sticking to him like nothing else. He stepped on chewing gum during postgame interviews in front of his locker and couldn't extricate it from the bottom of his shoe. Metaphor for the Lakers' season, anybody? The Lakers were a mess again, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-97, Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bad things came in threes for the Lakers, who played without all three of their injured point guards and fell to 0-3 since Kobe Bryant's return.
December 10, 2013 |
Small Ship Safaris has added Hawaii to its list of destinations, with nature and cultural cruises of the islands. The seven-night Hawaii Seascapes journey begins with passengers boarding the 36-passenger Safari Explorer on Molokai or at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Stops on the itinerary include Honomalino Bay on the Big Island, West Maui, Lanai and Molokai, where visitors explore Hawaiian culture and get a lesson in poi making. Other activities include snorkeling with giant manta rays and sea turtles, exploring coral gardens and cruising through the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, one of the world's most important whale habitats.
November 28, 2013 |
Case McCoy passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Texas kept its Big 12 Conference title hopes alive with a 41-16 win over Texas Tech at Austin. Joe Bergeron ran for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Longhorns (8-3, 7-1 Big 12), who end their regular season on Dec. 7 at No. 9 Baylor. If Texas wins that game and No. 7 Oklahoma State loses to No. 20 Oklahoma, the Longhorns would win their first league championship since 2009. Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5) ended its regular season with its fifth consecutive loss under first-year Coach Kliff Kingsbury . The Red Raiders came in with the nation's top passing offense, but Texas sacked freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield seven times.
November 25, 2013 |
Fans of saxophonist Dave Koz will have an opportunity in September to join him and other talented musicians on a seven-night Alaska cruise. The “ Dave Koz and Friends at Sea” cruise begins and ends in Vancouver, Canada, with sightseeing stops in Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau and Ketchikan, Ala. Travelers will be able to mingle with the performers at a welcome cocktail party and at scheduled autograph sessions. The talent lineup includes trumpeter Chris Botti, saxophonists Mindy Abair and Gerald Albright and guitarist Earl Klugh, among others.
November 23, 2013 |
Dusk had settled on virtual Los Angeles, and I'd just hit a few pedestrians and smashed my stolen roadster near City Hall. The sound of police sirens was getting closer, and the nearest vehicle was an idling delivery truck. I pulled the driver out, kicked him a few times and jumped in the front seat. As I sped off, the car radio started playing. Bingo! Charlie Feathers' grim country weeper " I Can't Hardly Stand It" poured forth. All was well in the realm of Los Santos, the fake L.A. setting of "Grand Theft Auto V. " A city that players cruise while embarking on missions, stealing cars and causing general mayhem, Los Santos is a vividly - and darkly - crafted place.
November 18, 2013 |
It is the time of the season when good basketball teams schedule ones that aren't so good. And so we get games such as the one at Pauley Pavilion on Monday night. The arena was maybe a third full and UCLA needed a big run to end the first half to make this game feel safe for the Bruins. But 22nd-ranked UCLA (3-0) had that 16-6 flurry to finish the first half and the Bruins ended up beating Sacramento State, 86-50. An alley-oop pass from Kyle Anderson to Norman Powell that ended with a slam dunk for Powell and a 40-23 UCLA lead early in the second half did bring some of the sparse crowd to life.