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September 15, 2013 |
As state air pollution officials step up inspections of diesel exhaust from big rigs, some of their best allies are truckers themselves. They are pushing the Air Resources Board to enforce pollution rules more aggressively for trucks in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline. Truckers are also the No.1 tipsters, placing anonymous calls and sending emails to finger competitors they say are gaining an unfair advantage by not upgrading their engines or installing expensive filters that capture harmful diesel particulates before they are released into the air. Diesel exhaust is the worst remaining pollution source on roadways.
September 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Designer Andreas Melbostad's sophomore collection for Diesel Black Gold women's collection hit the catwalk at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station here Tuesday during New York Fashion Week. The inspiration: "Strength and fragility meet to express a new duality," to quote the show notes. The look: On the runway, that juxtaposition of hard and soft, fierce and feminine, armored-but-vulnerable elements included pairing the denim and leather of the line's DNA with lighter fabrics that included silk crepe de chine and cotton voile and expanding the brand's usual stark black-and-white color palette to include the palest of pastel pinks and greens.
September 8, 2013 |
It took an intergalactic saga to do it, but the surprise run of “Lee Daniels' The Butler” atop the box office charts was stopped this week by the sci-fi sequel “Riddick.” Starring Vin Diesel returning to the role that first brought him wider fame, “Riddick” brought in an estimated $18.7 million. “The Butler” had spent the previous three weeks as the box-office winner, and this week came in second place, bringing in an additional $8.9 million for a new total of nearly $92 million.
September 7, 2013 |
Vin Diesel's sci-fi vehicle “Riddick” is bringing crowds, albeit modest ones, into U.S. theaters on what is traditionally one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year. The film took in an estimated $7.3 million on Friday and as the only major new release of the week will easily top the weekend box office. “Riddick,” the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, was predicted to tally as much as $23 million this weekend. Yet the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, did not believe the movie will open with more than $20 million.
September 6, 2013 |
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black. " Unfortunately for Diesel and series writer-director David Twohy, "Riddick" hasn't exactly returned to a hero's welcome. For every film critic who finds it a fun, gory slice of genre entertainment, there's another who finds it stale and one-dimensional. In the Los Angeles Times, for example, Michael Phillips calls "Riddick" "extremely violent, cleverly managed fun. " He explains, "This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. " Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do. " PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 On the other hand, USA Today's Claudia Puig warns , "Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
September 6, 2013 |
On-screen, Vin Diesel's default setting can be described as coiled rage and brutal efficiency. In the films that put him on Hollywood's star map, the buff and bald actor hefts big guns: from artillery to his own softball-sized biceps. He punches the accelerator on the fastest hot rods and pummels enemies into submission without hesitation or fear. So it's surprising to discover that in 2011, just weeks before cameras rolled on "Riddick" - this weekend's sequel to 2000's "Pitch Black" and 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick" - Diesel found himself facing existential dread.