August 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Democrats chose Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising party star, in Tuesday's special primary to seek a U.S. Senate seat this fall, while Republicans selected Steven M. Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Booker has drawn national attention for his efforts to improve "Brick City" and his embrace of Twitter as a form of civic engagement. He is favored to replace Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June at 89. The winner will serve the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.
August 13, 2013 |
Frank Darabont's TV comeback after his highly publicized departure from "The Walking Dead" will debut on TNT on Dec. 4, but be sure to set your DVR carefully -- the show has a brand new title. The series that started out being called "L.A. Noir," then "Lost Angels," will finally make it to TV with the title, "Mob City. " Darabont's series, adapted from the nonfiction book, "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," is set in post-World War II L.A., where the chief of police (Neal McDonough)
August 11, 2013 |
How did a master of the Siberian art of throat singing wind up jamming with Frank Zappa and his friends? Kongar-ol Ondar, 51, who died July 25 of complications from a brain hemorrhage in the Russian republic of Tuva, had been invited to ride in the Rose Parade in 1993. At a concert in Pasadena that evening, cartoonist Matt Groening heard him sing and told his friend Zappa about Ondar's astonishing ability to sing two or more notes simultaneously. Zappa, the eclectic musician-composer of the '60s band Mothers of Invention, was ill with cancer but asked if Ondar could sing for him at his home in Los Angeles.
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August 10, 2013 |
What do Richard Feynman , Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The answer was embodied in a radiant, round-faced Siberian singer named Kongar-ol Ondar, whose voice was unlike any in the western world. Ondar was a master of throat singing, a vocal style native to his small Russian republic of Tuva. He mesmerized audiences with his ability to produce two or more notes simultaneously - a low, steady drone overlaid with higher pitched tones that to the unaccustomed ear sounded like a radio gone haywire.
August 7, 2013 |
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” the journal of a Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust during the final days of World War II, has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was first published in 1947. The book was converted into a 1955 play and an Oscar-winning 1959 film by Hollywood scribes, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, who were brought onto the project by Anne's father, Otto Frank, after he fired the original playwright, Meyer Levin. After a long court battle, Levin signed away his rights to his work, a reputedly darker and less sanitized drama that was barred from production.
August 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority. The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.
July 27, 2013
"Do I feel like it should be stripped? I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?" - The Dodgers' Matt Kemp , who finished second to Ryan Braun in voting for National League most valuable player in 2011, on whether Braun deserves the prize after being suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "Sandy Koufax teases me, or did one time. He said, 'Why weren't you smart enough to come up with that 10 years before and I think it could be called the Koufax operation?
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June 29, 2013 |
In the summer of 1958, Santa Monica inaugurated its dazzling concrete, glass and steel Civic Auditorium, an emblem of the mid-century modern International Style then popular throughout the world. Two blocks from the ocean, the Civic played host to the Academy Awards through much of the 1960s. Comedians Bill Cosby and Bob Hope performed there, and the exiled Dalai Lama led a "Wheel of Time" initiation ceremony for thousands of Buddhists in 1989. The 3,000-seat venue became a musical mecca for artists as varied as Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, the Village People, Dave Brubeck, Laura Nyro, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince and Bob Dylan.
June 28, 2013 |
Craig Nova's new novel is a bit of a literary oddity. It's a sequel to the novel that helped propel Nova's career to new heights - 30 years ago. "The Good Son," published to great acclaim in 1982, told the story of Chip Mackinnon, a World War II vet who comes home to find his social-climber father, Pop, manipulating him into a marriage that will improve the family fortunes. Pop also guides Chip through an Ivy League education and a career in the law. In "All the Dead Yale Men," the law is also the chosen field of Chip's son Frank and Frank's brilliant daughter, Pia. A generation has passed since Nova first took up the Mackinnon family saga.
June 27, 2013 |
It's not clear what exactly merited an updating of William Lustig's 1980 "Maniac" - a cheapo urban grimeball about a serial killer - but like a rash's unwelcome return, we got it anyway. New York may have been replaced by downtown L.A., but, stalker aficionados, breathe a sigh of relief: You can still film a helpless, terrified woman being chased through an empty subway. And the central character of Frank is the same: Joe Spinell's lumpen female-scalper with mommy issues is now elfin Elijah Wood's job. It's a slightly different job now, though, since in co-director Franck Khalfoun's retelling - co-written with Lustig and Alexandre Aja - the camera acts as the eyes of murderous mannequin supplier Frank.