May 23, 2013 |
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano are billed as the stars of "Fast & Furious 6," opening Friday. But it only takes a few scenes of the latest installment of the "Furious" franchise to realize that the millions of dollars of cars are the real action heroes. Dennis McCarthy, the Sun Valley-based car nut who's been responsible for cars in the past four "Furious" films, said his team actually lost track of how many cars were destroyed over the course of filming.
May 2, 2013 |
Is “Iron Man 3” as steely as “The Avengers?” The highly anticipated Marvel-Disney sequel opens domestically this weekend, a week after the Tony Stark update grossed nearly $200 million in its overseas premiere -- a faster start than “The Avengers” enjoyed in international markets last May. Breaking the “Avengers” box-office record in domestic theaters, however, may be a tougher task. “Iron Man 3” isn't expected to surpass the opening domestic weekend record of $207.4 million held by “The Avengers,” but the superhero sequel could gross $170 million or more in its first three days, according to marketing executives who have seen audience tracking surveys.
April 26, 2013 |
The Lakers' locker room was an inexplicably steamy 77 degrees an hour before their playoff game. Yeah, they felt the heat. They got pushed off the court by the San Antonio Spurs and almost surely will be ejected soon from the Western Conference playoffs after an 120-89 loss Friday at Staples Center. Fans booed in the second quarter, somehow sensing this could be the Lakers' worst home playoff loss ever. It was. No longer holding that title was a 106-77 loss to Portland in the 2000 Western Conference finals.
April 24, 2013 |
Julie Bowen has a girl crush on her "Modern Family" costar Sofia Vergara. Yes, "this just in" from the latest edition of This Is News Because...? The actress attended a Mommy & Me Soiree for Baby Buggy in Los Angeles when she was asked to demystify some comments she may or may not have made about envying her pulchritudinous pal. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "Who doesn't [have a crush on her]?" Bowen told E! News. "I can't believe I said that, but, yeah, sure, on Sofia.
April 14, 2013 |
Jackie Robinson beat the odds again this weekend, as a film about the player who broke baseball's color barrier outperformed at the box office. "42," which tells the story of the first African American Major League Baseball player, debuted with a robust $27.3 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That figure far exceeded prerelease industry polling, which suggested the film would start off with about $21 million. The weekend's other new film, "Scary Movie 5," didn't have as much success at the box office.
April 3, 2013 |
There is something mesmerizing - almost addictive - about the classic film noirs of the 1940s and '50s, with their darkened, rain-drenched streets and narrow alleys inhabited by anti-heroes sporting well-worn raincoats and crushed fedoras. These men held their secrets close to the vest. And their hearts on their sleeves. The women they encountered were labeled dames. Far from shrinking, demure violets, these tough-minded beauties could hold their own, wrapping the men around their little fingers and causing their moral downfall or death.
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March 25, 2013 |
A driver allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after crashing into a parked recreational vehicle on the side of a road and crushing a man working underneath the RV, Orange County prosecutors said. Marco Vinicio Morales, 50, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
March 10, 2013 |
SEATTLE -- There was no explaining it. UCLA just enjoyed it. The Bruins overwhelmed fifth-ranked California, 70-58, in the Pac-12 women's tournament semifinals Saturday night. They were so dominant that the only real competition the crowd at KeyArena saw was at halftime, when they were entertained by dogs racing to retrieve tennis balls. The victory put the No. 14 Bruins (25-6) in the conference tournament final for the third time in four seasons. UCLA lost to Stanford in 2010 and 2011.
March 7, 2013 |
CAIRO - The young policeman with scuffed boots and sleepless eyes sat on a motorcycle in a neighborhood that no longer feared or respected him. Khaled Sayed wore the colors of his trade: a black beret adorned with a silver eagle. An officer for three years, Sayed patrols streets where guns flow and jobless youths roam with knives and rage. Uniformed men with badges and battered side arms once held sway here, but their swagger has been clipped by a new and dangerous order. Egypt's police and central security forces, for decades the thuggish protectors of Hosni Mubarak's repressive state, now safeguard a new government run by Islamist elements they once persecuted.
February 21, 2013
Re "'Blind leading blind' at county child services," Feb. 14 Certainly, a child services worker who does not properly investigate abuse cases by asking thorough questions deserves blame. But let's look at another side. As The Times notes, a single social worker can be responsible for up to 160,000 abuse hot-line calls a year. For a standard five-day workweek, that equates to more than 600 calls a day. The sheer number of calls is so overwhelming that it becomes unfair to lambaste the workers for not committing 100% to each case.