February 14, 2014 |
When children of famous parents succeed, they're not infrequently suspected of taking shortcuts or gaining special favors. To Maria Rita, it seemed at times that the opposite was true. "People got really aggressive when I started to sing professionally," says Rita, who'll perform on Valentine's night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, speaking by phone from a Chicago tour stop. "It wasn't the majority of the people, but that was the feeling that was there - 'Who does she think she is?'" The quick answer is that the Brazilian singer is a multiple Latin Grammy Award-winning artist who caresses songs with playful intelligence and an unhurried, blues-infused soprano.
January 24, 2014 |
DENVER -- Thanks for the hookup, Bro. That's essentially what Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said to younger brother Eli this week after the New York Giants quarterback handled his Super Bowl XLVIII requests. After all, the Broncos are playing Seattle on Eli's home field, MetLife Stadium. When asked about the number of tickets Peyton has requested, Eli told reporters: "I have hit that number. " It's a safe bet Eli asked the same of Peyton a couple years ago when the Giants played New England in a Super Bowl played in Indianapolis, Peyton's old hometown.
November 11, 2013 |
The lure of big money from heroin pits Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) against an odd mix of gangsters on “White Horse Pike,” Episode 46 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” “Something's wrong,” warns speakeasy owner Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), tipping off Nucky that partners Vincenzo Petrucelli (Vincenzo Amato) and Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) concealed heroin in a rum shipment leaving Florida. Outraged Nucky intercepts his trucks at White Horse Pike in New Jersey. Providing backup are Nucky's turncoat brother Eli (Shea Whigham)
October 28, 2013 |
“The Old Ship of Zion,” a gospel song about “life's troubled seas,” is also the title of “Boardwalk Empire” Episode 44, HBO's Prohibition Era drama. Sultry entertainer Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham) first sings the sacred song at the funeral of Lemuel Cuffy (Franklin Ojeda Smith), a beloved deacon murdered by heroin peddler Dunn Purnsley (Erik LaRay Harvey). Daughter also sings the hymn during an intimate moment with Onyx Club operator Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams)
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October 18, 2013 |
Philanthropist Eli Broad has donated $250,000 to the downtown arts high school, officially signaling his influential approval for a high-profile, high-cost campus that has struggled to win civic support since opening in 2009. The gift is a significant windfall for one school, but more important than the amount was the signal that it sends to the arts and philanthropy establishment, which has never fully embraced the $232-million Cortines High School of Visual & Performing Arts. A primary reason for this distance was the example set by Broad himself, who withheld financial support over concerns about the school's management by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
October 14, 2013 |
Searching for a new direction in life, disfigured war veteran/mob assassin Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) returns to Atlantic City in “The North Star,” Episode 42 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” Richard's last exploit in New Jersey was a bloody one as he saved young Tommy Darmody by gunning down a slew of thugs occupying the brothel of Tommy's grandmother Gillian (Gretchen Mol). After leaving Tommy in the care of Philippine-American War vet Paul Sagorsky (Mark Borkowski) and his daughter Julia (Wrenn Schmidt)