June 10, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The music is blaring inside James Franco's house and there's booze - and drugs - everywhere. Actor Michael Cera is snorting lines of cocaine, while comedian Aziz Ansari is trying (and failing) to hook up with Rihanna. Dozens of scantily dressed women mill about in Franco's architecturally sleek crib, which is decorated with artwork made by the actor himself. If the whole bash wasn't unfolding on a soundstage in Louisiana, you might be fooled into thinking it was the real Hollywood Hills deal.
May 31, 2013 |
Starting Friday, May 31, Company Town will feature a weekly cartoon about the entertainment business from David Horsey, a lifelong fan of movies and music as well as a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. In this, his first installment, Horsey looks at a tried-and-true Hollywood movie scenario -- that of a desperate movie executive, hungry for a hit but over budget on his huge summer movie, saved at the box office by a big screen superhero. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Horsey joined The Times in January 2012.
May 30, 2013 |
I have so many questions after seeing "After Earth," the new sci-fi action-adventure starring Will Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden. First, just how much blinding power is in that famous smile of his? On the day Will Smith floated the idea - "sci-fi flick, father-son friction, me and the kid will star" - did its sheer warmth and radiance make everyone in the room believe that anything, including "After Earth" as an actual, viable movie, was possible? Someone wrote the checks.
May 28, 2013 |
Those of us fortunate enough to make it to 80 will have a 50% chance of suffering from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia before we die. And there is currently no known way to reduce the odds or slow the mental deterioration. These grim facts are already a reality to the 5 million Americans living with the disease. It is projected that by 2050, unless breakthroughs are made, 14 million Americans will have dementia, at an annual cost of $1.2 trillion. Finding effective treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's would help avert a huge and costly healthcare disaster.
May 23, 2013
Re "Oklahoma twister 'was a monster,'" May 21 It is heartbreaking to read of homes destroyed, lives upended, children killed and hundreds left homeless. We know that, without effective action to combat climate change, these events will become more frequent. And yet the political leaders of Oklahoma are right-wing ideologues who either reject the idea of global warming or question its effects on weather catastrophes. What will it take to get them to realize that their inaction will lead to more disasters?
May 23, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - Rain drenched the tornado-devastated towns near Oklahoma City again Thursday as weary survivors began to bury their dead and find the strength to carry on. Authorities said they didn't expect the death toll to rise beyond 24 - 10 of whom were children. More than 375 people were injured. The first funeral was for Antonia Lee Candelaria, 9, one of seven children killed when Monday's tornado leveled Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. In her obituary, "Tonie" was described as "a beautiful young lady on the inside and out" who could "find the positive, good and joy in everything.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- When $50 billion in disaster aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy came before Congress this year, three of Oklahoma's five representatives and both of its senators were among the "no" votes. At the time, some of the Oklahoma lawmakers demanded spending cuts as a condition of aid to the hurricane-ravaged Northeast. Now that a devastating tornado has hit their state, it's not clear whether Oklahoma lawmakers who demanded budget cuts will continue to hold that line when it comes to their state's recovery efforts. "When we increase spending in one area, we must cut spending in another area," Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)
May 21, 2013 |
Rescuers sifted through debris in a desperate search for survivors Monday night after a massive tornado battered the Oklahoma City area, killing at least 51 people, including 20 children, and injuring 120. The toll was expected to rise. With 200-mph winds, the twister shredded highways, mangled and flipped cars and trucks, smashed into two elementary schools and reduced neighborhoods to rubble. "As we know today, we've had a massive tornado -- a huge one -- that's passed through this community," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a news conference.
May 17, 2013 |
Dear Liz: A few years ago I finished paying off my debt and now am in the very low-risk credit category. I have savings equal to about three months' worth of bills and am working to get that to six months' worth. I'm wondering, though, about an emergency that may require me to pay in cash (such as a major power outage that disables debit or credit card systems, or the more likely event that I forget the ATM or credit card at home). How much cash should a person have on hand? Is there a magic number?
May 8, 2013 |
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local fishermen. It was August 2011, five months since a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami had struck in Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Madigan couldn't stop thinking about pictures he'd seen on TV of Japanese emergency crews dumping radioactive water from the failing reactors into the Pacific Ocean.