October 17, 2013 |
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
April 24, 2013 |
Who can resist those snappy little personality quizzes? Somehow it feels as though some great mystery about ourselves will be revealed, though it never is. Still, you might have been spending a lot of time wondering whether you're an Adelie sort of penguin or a Chinstrap. The people at Pew Charitable Trusts' environmental group seemingly have been aware of how many sleepless nights you've had pondering this very issue, so they came up with a Penguin Personality Quiz . The official reason is that Thursday is World Penguin Day -- because of course every month, every week, every day, is named for something, and I'm not just talking about the sun, the moon and Norse gods.
April 12, 2013 |
In the mid '90s, there weren't many safer bets on the West Coast for a raucous, funk-leaning good time than San Diego's Greyboy Allstars. Coalescing around the soul and rare groove sounds mined by the city's DJ Greyboy, the Allstars were part of a loosely defined American acid jazz scene that at various points included Soulive, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and offshoots of what became a sort of jazz-leaning instrumental "jam band" circuit. The Allstars even shifted into film work, performing music for Jake Kasdan's 1998 feature, "Zero Effect.
March 7, 2013 |
The scene is a devastated Japan, August 1945, as "Emperor," the new historical drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones, begins. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are little more than smoking rubble and stone-faced survivors. Emperor Hirohito has officially surrendered but remains protected behind palace walls. Into the morass strides World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Jones). He has exactly 10 days to decide whether to put the emperor on trial for war crimes and a cultural expert in Gen. Bonner Fellers (Fox)
March 7, 2013 |
Emotions have been running high at screenings of the historical drama "Emperor. " The Japanese American coproduction, which opens Friday, revolves around the dilemma Gen. Douglas MacArthur faced as he tried to restore order in post-World War II Japan: Should the country's divine leader, Emperor Hirohito, stand trial and face certain death on war crimes charges? When the producers screened "Emperor" recently in Japan, producer Gary Foster said, many men were in tears as they left the theater.
January 11, 2013 |
China's "Little Emperors" - the generations of only-children born under the government's rigid "one child" policy - are living up to their name. A study published Thursday in the journal Science has found that compared with two groups of people born in the years before China began its harsh population-control policy, those born after were less conscientious, more risk-averse and less inclined to compete with - or cooperate with - others. In short, a nation forged by collectivism, hard work and deprivation has created a generation of young adults that could be its undoing.