February 18, 2013 |
Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80. A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979. He charted his successful course with marquee players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, celebrities sitting courtside and Laker Girls dancing during timeouts.
January 20, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - The Baltimore Ravens finally got over the hump and won an AFC championship, but it was a sports victory of a different sort that filled the air Sunday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. “Linsanity,” the documentary about the rise of unlikely NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, premiered in Park City to rousing response, easily making it one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year. Sports fans stood up and cheered, while a coach said he thought it should be mandatory viewing for high school athletes.
December 20, 2012 |
With her searing portrayal of Anne, a former music teacher who must confront her mortality in painful increments in director Michael Haneke's bracingly unsentimental "Amour," 84-year-old Emmanuelle Riva has wowed critics. The idea of tackling such challenging material didn't faze Riva, who costars with another of France's top actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant. "I found myself racing onto set," she says, "so drawn was I to the character and the project we were engaged in. " The study of an elderly Parisian couple opened in the U.S. on Wednesday already one of 2012's most honored films, having racked up top prizes including the Cannes Palme d'Or, a near sweep of the European Film Awards and best picture of the year from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
December 1, 2012 |
Beasts of the Southern Wild 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Dec. 4 Part gritty social realism and part fevered post-apocalyptic fantasy, Benh Zeitlin's film is undoubtedly something extraordinary. The grade-school-aged Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a girl who lives with her oft-absent father in a water-bound region of Louisiana populated by a mix of people who work the land and teach their kids about the coming floods and the giant, hairy boar-type creatures who will arrive in their wake.
November 28, 2012 |
At the time of his death of an aortic aneurysm at age 76, Albert Einstein's brain was no bigger, and weighed no more, than the brain of an average older male. But beneath that unique organ's external folds and fissures, our universe was re-conceived. So not surprisingly, when photographs of Einstein's postmortem brain unexpectedly came to light recently, scientists were keen to find evidence of the genius that lay within. The result is a remarkably detailed look at the surface of Einstein's brain, published recently in the journal Brain.
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November 24, 2012 |
Rodney and Renee Brooks live near 101st and Central Avenue in Watts, and it was in that house - a modest two-story, brown stucco cube - that they raised six extraordinary children. Jason is at Harvard, working on a PhD in education. Veronica went to Columbia for a master's in finance. Amanda graduated from Boston College and is in a master's program at Hunter College. Virginia is studying for a master's at Southern Methodist while working 60 hours a week in three jobs.
August 26, 2012 |
It was a remarkable day in Dodgers history, one in which there were so many twists and turns that a fan, well, almost needed a program to keep up. Here's a recap of Saturday's events: - The Dodgers close the biggest trade in their history, obtaining first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility fielder Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four prospects, three...
August 20, 2012 |
The man trying to provide Rep. Todd Akin the softest possible landing after the congressman's foolish comments about pregnancy and rape was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a strong supporter of Akin during his run to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. In the furor over Akin's remarks and increasing pressure for him to drop out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, Huckabee used his syndicated radio program Monday to give the embattled candidate a safe venue to express remorse and his determination to remain in the race.
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August 10, 2012 |
Engineers said Friday that the Curiosity rover happened to catch a picture of its own ride crash-landing on Mars - a wink-of-an-eye serendipity that some dismissed as a statistical impossibility, but appears to have been confirmed by a thorough review of landing data. The final seconds of Curiosity's eight-month-plus journey to Mars called for a spacecraft to lower the rover to the surface using a "sky crane" - three ropes. The ropes were then cut, and the last of the spacecraft, known as the "descent stage," cast itself toward the horizon.
August 9, 2012 |
Don't be deterred by its seemingly grim topic - "Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged" is a gripping, emotionally potent, often startling documentary about a remarkable group of burn survivors and their physical and psychological triumphs over adversity. Director Megan Smith-Harris masterfully interweaves the harrowing stories of a cross-section of Americans who, then-ranging from ages 13 to 31, were ravaged by burn injuries as a result of largely accidents: an outdoor fireplace calamity, a high school chemistry lab explosion, an overnight house fire, a race car crash and more.