December 19, 2013 |
Taking Markus Zusak's novel to the big screen, "The Book Thief" shows audiences World War II in Germany through the eyes of 10-year-old Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), with Death personified as the narrator. It's an approach that suggests immediate contrasts and challenges, namely balancing the feel of the book with the facts of the matter. Speaking in Beverly Hills, 62-year-old Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who plays Liesel's adoptive father, Hans, explained how he made sure that director Brian Percival had a plan to manage mixing humanity and history, tragedy and theater.
December 17, 2013 |
Who would expect to find an art show in a real estate office, even an agency devoted to architectural properties? Melinda Fay organized the Good Eye Gallery show "Home as Art," which she describes as a pop-up with more than 70 works, all installed throughout the nondescript Banner Los Robles corporate building in Pasadena where Deasy/Penner & Partners keeps its offices. Artworks hang in offices, in hallways, from the ceiling. The concentration of emerging and mid-career artists means there are several affordable gift-giving opportunities in this countdown to Christmas: Small paintings by South Pasadena artist Jordan Daines begin at $220, and handmade silk leaf mobiles by Jan Carson are $200 apiece.
December 16, 2013 |
Although the Clippers are showing some signs of improvement on the injury front, they have another injury to deal with. Matt Barnes , who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn retina in his left eye, said he is going to visit his doctor Tuesday and is hopeful that he'll be able have full contact during practice this week. Barnes said he has been able to do some conditioning drills since Wednesday while the Clippers were on their seven-game, 13-day trip. Barnes, the backup small forward, said he wants to rush his conditioning.
December 15, 2013 |
Jeff Van Gundy was there at the beginning, when Tim Duncan walked off the Madison Square Garden court with mini-camcorder in hand, chronicling his first NBA title as if it might be his last. Four championships and nearly 15 years later, Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are still around, still relevant, still contenders as they arrive at Staples Center on Monday night to play the Clippers. The NBA's steadiest franchise has sustained its excellence through a few singular characteristics.
December 13, 2013 |
Saturday will bring one more ripple to Betfair Hollywood Park's mostly quiet waters. So, you ask Richard Warren for a crowd prediction. It will be CashCall Futurity day, the last outing of the year for 2-year-old thoroughbreds aiming at the Triple Crown races. That's a legitimate attraction. PHOTOS:The lights go out at Hollywood Park Warren grimaces, then wrinkles his brow. You prompt him a bit. Maybe 15,000 fans? He finally shrugs and says, "Yes, maybe. It sure won't be like the old days.
December 11, 2013 |
Filmmaker Alexander Payne has a subtle gift of infusing the most fraught of relationships with a quiet humanity. He's particularly astute at catching the crosscurrents when it comes to men: George Clooney's grieving but betrayed spouse in "The Descendants," Paul Giamatti's conflicted writer in "Sideways," Jack Nicholson's prickly retiree making amends, sort of, in "About Schmidt. " His latest, "Nebraska," with a fine script by Bob Nelson, will stand alongside his best. Bruce Dern's aging failure of a father and June Squibb's long-suffering and insufferably nagging wife stand in for countless couples worn out by life and each other.
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December 5, 2013 |
In her Tory Burch flats and carrying the requisite Burberry bag, Linda Mar eyes the buttery leather designer purses, pausing to click off the labels: Phillip Lim. Chloe. Prada. "I want the name brands," the Taiwanese immigrant says, as she wanders the aisles of Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza. Mar is part of an emerging class of Asian Americans, identified as the "swayable shopaholics," who now rank as the most prolific and impulsive buyers in the United States, according to a Nielsen report released Thursday.
December 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before the holiday parties start. The Skinny: Caught up with "The Walking Dead" last night. Pretty intense stuff. Now I need to catch Sunday's "Homeland" although that show jumped the shark for me awhile ago. Tuesday's headlines include the mysterious benching of a popular radio personality. Also, Netflix is making a big push for kids, and the financial news channels are not enjoying the benefits of an improving stock market. Lastly, did a TV station go too far in having Ron Burgundy host its local news?
December 3, 2013 |
There was one obvious tendency when Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time in almost two weeks. He passed the ball. Over and over. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? He didn't take an outside shot in the 20-minute portion of a full-court scrimmage open to reporters. "Get that on tape, will you?" Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly. "That won't happen a lot. " Then D'Antoni added, "He does that in practice sometimes. He can get a shot when he wants to. " Bryant's one basket during the open part of scrimmage was a left-handed dunk after a steal.
December 3, 2013 |
Steve Sarkisian looked to his right at his wife and his three children. He acknowledged his parents seated before him a few feet away. Then USC's new football coach, who grew up in Southern California and coached at USC as an assistant, succinctly summarized his feelings in three words: "This is home. " At his introductory news conference, standing before a phalanx of television cameras in an auditorium packed with reporters and USC athletic department personnel, Sarkisian exhibited the confidence and presence that sold Athletic Director Pat Haden on the former Washington coach.