April 16, 2014 |
Major U.S. motor racing goes quiet this weekend for its traditional Easter break. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Verizon IndyCar Series and the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Mello Yello Series all have the weekend off. But Formula One will race Sunday with the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit track. The Mercedes team swept the first three Formula One races of the year, with Nico Rosberg winning the season opener in Australia and his teammate Lewis Hamilton winning back-to-back in Malaysia and Bahrain.
April 13, 2014 |
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrated his return to Long Beach after 14 years with a fourth-place finish. Montoya won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1999 but then left for Formula One racing in 2001 and, six years later, NASCAR stock car racing. He's back in IndyCar with Team Penske. The Colombian started 16th, was sent to the back of the 23-car field for improperly entering the pits when they were closed but then gained several spots thanks to a multicar crash midway through the race.
April 12, 2014 |
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
April 2, 2014 |
It's a frightening disease, one that can strike suddenly, without a whisper of warning. Even worse, there is no known cure. I know because I'm a victim. Hello, my name is Ken, and I'm suffering from Marvel fatigue. In fact, this ailment, defined by clinicians as a bone weariness at having the relentless Marvel Cinematic Universe (their phrase, not mine) pound its formulaic product at you for film after film after film for what seems like forever, struck me when it was least appropriate: during a screening of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which by any rational measure is one of the better Marvel films.
April 2, 2014 |
A few nights ago, I finally caught up with watching the most recent Tweedledee and Tweedledum of action movies - “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” “White House Down,” with Channing Tatum in the lead role, was one of the flubs that drove a big revenue decline at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2013 - losses that contributed to last month's layoff of 216 employees at the studio's Culver City headquarters. “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was made for less money and did pretty well selling tickets.
March 27, 2014 |
Maybe it was too good to be true. A rare bipartisan healthcare reform proposal backed by leaders of three major House and Senate committees is foundering because Republicans and Democrats can't agree on how to pay for it. The irony is that the measure, which would change the way Medicare reimburses doctors, would slow the growth of healthcare spending and taxpayers' costs. Lawmakers should stop the partisan bickering and start working in good faith to find a way to enact the long-overdue and much-needed reform.