September 11, 2009 |
If you've seen Patton Oswalt do stand-up, it's clear that he understands obsession. Easily cranked up about a wide variety of personal passions -- comic books, film noir, molecular gastronomy -- his act riffs on the hilarities of fanboy excitement and its emotional corollary: mercury-spiking indignation. Only an avowed foodie could fume so brilliantly (and famously) on KFC's everything-lumped-together menu option, which he memorably termed a "failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the 40-year-old comedian can currently be seen playing a lonely, easily peeved, rabid New York Giants buff in the independent film "Big Fan" isn't lost on a supergeek like himself.
June 7, 1989 |
Former Rep. Dan Lungren, an outspoken but pragmatic conservative who failed to win the Legislature's approval to succeed the late Jesse Unruh as state treasurer last year, today entered the race for the 1990 Republican nomination for attorney general. The 42-year-old Lungren is the first Republican to formally declare his candidacy for California's top law enforcement post, which incumbent John K. Van de Kamp is giving up to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Two district attorneys, Ira Reiner of Los Angeles and Arlo Smith of San Francisco, are seeking the Democratic nomination.
April 14, 1989 |
Mary Slaney, the world record-holder in the women's mile and the American record-holder at all track distances from 800 meters to 10,000 meters, has entered the L'eggs Mini Marathon, organizers announced today. The 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race for women only will be held June 24 in Central Park and is expected to attract a field of more than 9,000. Last year, Slaney finished fourth. "This year, I'm running to win," she said. In 1988, Slaney made the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.
October 15, 2009 |
If there were ever a movie that shouldn't end up making as much as $190 million around the world, it is "The Final Destination," a homely horror thriller that is the fourth and least-loved film in New Line's low-budget "Final Destination" horror franchise. The first three movies, released from 2000 to 2006, were modest successes, each one earning around $50 million in the U.S. and only slightly more overseas. It's a sign of the franchise's below-the-radar consistency that "FD3," released in 2006, had virtually the same exact box-office numbers as the original film, earning $54 million domestically and $58.7 million overseas.
October 20, 2009 |
Target Corp. has leaped into an online price war on books expected to be top sellers. The discounter said Monday that it would offer some of this season's most anticipated book titles at $8.99, with free shipping, matching moves by Walmart.com and Amazon.com. Minneapolis-based Target said the price applied to preorders on Target.com of such books as "Breathless" by Dean Koontz and "Under the Dome" by Stephen King. The battle started Thursday, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its website would charge just $10, with free shipping, for various upcoming hardcover releases.
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November 5, 2009 |
Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina formally entered the race for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, issuing a blistering critique of Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer even as she tried to blunt her own primary challenge from the right. Before a small gathering of supporters in a Garden Grove warehouse, Fiorina said her business acumen and real-world experience make her the only viable Republican candidate in the 2010 contest. She mocked Boxer for writing three pieces of legislation during her 17-year tenure and for spending the summer on a book tour instead of meeting with voters at town halls.