August 25, 2009 |
Leave it to the "Basterds" to break the rules. During a season when studios have become all but convinced that audiences are losing interest in big-name movie stars and R-rated adult fare, perhaps it was appropriate that the end of summer would offer a surprise hit that embodied both those qualities. "Inglourious Basterds," featuring Brad Pitt among an ensemble cast, earned $38 million at the box office this weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to domestic distributor Weinstein Co., far exceeding expectations by drawing a fairly diverse audience without alienating director Quentin Tarantino's core fan base of men in their 20s and early 30s. The same occurred overseas, where Universal Pictures opened the film in 22 territories, including Germany, France, Britain and Australia, to a strong $27.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1990
On May 24 you ran an article covering the Senate vote on the omnibus crime bill which appeared under the headline "Senate Defies NRA, Votes for Wider Gun Ban" (front page). That headline would more accurately read "Senate Defies Bill of Rights, Votes for Wider Gun Ban." ROBERT J. DURIO Hawthorne
June 28, 2008
RE JAN STUART'S review of the new Mike Myers movie [" 'Love Guru' Is Just Myers Deja Vu," June 20]: Complaining about immaturity and arrested development in a Mike Myers movie is like complaining about a Road Runner cartoon because it defies the laws of physics. Flann Maguire Encinitas
February 18, 1990
Is anyone out there as offended as I am with Dianne Feinstein's television campaign? Every time I hear her announce the tragic deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, I wince. To exploit the memory of these two city leaders for the purpose of a political campaign defies poor taste. Regardless of her stand on other issues, her lack of judgment here may just end up costing her my vote. ELIZABETH SCHAFF SLOAN, Los Angeles
May 3, 2009
Re "It can't hurt," editorial, April 28 Your endorsement of Proposition 1F in the upcoming special election has me completely baffled. By your own admission, the proposition "doesn't seem harmful, though it seems unlikely to help much either," a statement that brands the proposition as nothing more than legislative nostril excavation. A yes vote on this measure not only defies reason but would be affirmation that Sacramento's accomplishment of nothing is precisely what the electorate wants.
April 2, 1989
Unfortunately for us all, women still do struggle to fit into a man's world. But Littwin's use of an aerobics class to condemn this struggle further exemplifies a self-defeating attitude. Is it that women do aerobics and men make decisions in the board room? By her attacking her male counterpart in an aerobics class (on her turf, so to speak) at best defies the basic concept of a symmetry between men and women and at worst exemplifies a further separation of the sexes, and by a woman, yet. THOMAS CAMACHO Los Angeles