October 20, 2013 |
BOSTON - Ryan Dempster spent nine seasons riding the Chicago Cubs' roller coaster, experiencing just about everything one could imagine in a baseball life. During his time in a Cubs uniform, Dempster played for four managers, from Dusty Baker to Dale Sveum, and once broke his right big toe while jumping over the home dugout railing celebrating a win. He returned from Tommy John surgery in time for the final two months of the 2004 collapse, and endured a 96-loss season in 2006 that led to the departure of president Andy MacPhail and Baker.
October 16, 2013 |
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No. 1, 2 and 3 in various stages of NCAA inquiry. Alabama prays an ineligible player won't force vacation of its last two titles, Oregon has been given a scholarship haircut thanks to Chip Kelly, while Ohio State is just now out of bowl jail after getting tattooed by the NCAA.
October 13, 2013 |
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien turns teacher in Monday's installment of "Dream School," the Sundance Channel's series about a class of high school dropouts inspired by a celebrity faculty. It's part of her new matrix of journalistic gigs under her Starfish Media Group production company. Let's start with "Dream School. " Why did you participate in the show, and what did you hope to accomplish? I love the idea of being able to make [school] seem relevant to a bunch of 16-year-olds who have lost faith in the education system.
October 13, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 13 - 19, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Voice The battle rounds begin with Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miguel and Ryan Tedder helping the coaches. 8 p.m. NBC Dancing With the Stars Aloe Blacc performs in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC Hostages As Brian and Ellen (Tate Donovan, Toni Collette)
October 11, 2013 |
In theory, Fox Broadcasting should have no rooting interest in the upcoming American League and National League Championship Series that will determine who goes to the World Series, which airs on the network. But theory is not reality and Fox executives are no doubt breathing a small sigh of relief that the small-market Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have been eliminated. However, they are not all the way out of the woods yet. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings The dream World Series for Fox is the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League vs. the Boston Red Sox of the American League.
October 10, 2013 |
Disney World can be a nightmare for many visitors, but it's rarely a sexual hell. Yet in "Escape From Tomorrow," that's the experience of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a grouchy father of two who spends his last day in Mickey's playground stalking a pair of Parisian jailbait. They titter and "ooh la la" to his predatory delight. But Jim later awakens to find himself in bed with a bug-eyed, evil-stepmother type (Alison Lees-Taylor). Worse than the idea of sleeping with an age-appropriate woman - he compares his own thirtysomething wife (Elena Schuber)
October 6, 2013 |
Nick Young was no longer a player with a dream. The jersey of his favorite team hung from his shoulders. The expectations of his childhood idol spurred him on. The support of a franchise he had long adored washed over him. “It really hit me today when I stepped on that court,” Young said after scoring 17 points in only 19 minutes Saturday night during the Lakers' 104-95 exhibition victory over the Golden State Warriors at Citizens Business...
September 28, 2013 |
One of the most touching anecdotes in Linda Ronstadt's new memoir, "Simple Dreams," comes in the moment she told her parents she was skipping out on college to pursue a career in music. "My parents were upset and tried to talk me out of it," she writes in the book, published Sept. 17. "When it became apparent that they couldn't change my mind, my father went into the other room and returned with the Martin acoustic guitar that his father had bought in 1898. "When my father began singing as a young man, my grandfather had given him the instrument and said, ' Ahora que tienes guitarra, nunca tendrás hambre .' ('Now that you own a guitar, you will never be hungry.')
September 25, 2013 |
It has been proven time and again that the schoolroom is a ripe milieu for drama. There's plenty of dramaturgical gold to be mined from memorable characters from the ideologically grandiose Jean Brodie in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” to the sexually repressed Hector in “The History Boys,” to the disastrously remote Andrew Crocker-Harris in “The Browning Version,” to name just a few. David West Read honors those predecessors in...
September 21, 2013 |
To many, EBay is a website for discovering rare designer gems or selling castoffs that are gathering dust. But for Karen Marley (daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley) and Monique Aquino - co-owners of Los Angeles boutique Buttons & Bows - EBay was more than just a way to make extra money; it was a trial run for the two entrepreneurs. When the pair met through mutual friends, Marley had quite the collection of vintage wares, and Aquino was a veteran of the retail business. They quickly became fast friends and business partners, starting a fashion-centric blog they hoped would elevate their presence in the e-tail community.