August 22, 2013 |
"The Frozen Ground" is a grim, undistinguished procedural thriller based on the true case of serial killer Robert Hansen who, from 1971 to 1983, abducted, raped and murdered at least 17 young women in Alaska. Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive. The story, set in 1983, finds upright Alaska state trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), reportedly an amalgam of several real-life characters, struggling to bring Hansen (John Cusack)
August 10, 2013 |
Sip the essence of summer with the icy Frozen Rose cocktail, created by mixologist Matthew Schaefer for the very refined Chateau Marmont. Cold enough to cause a lovely condensation on the outside of your glass, this slow sipper is made with Martin Miller gin, which is blended with soft Icelandic water. The gin is mixed with a touch of aquavit (a Scandinavian spirit distilled from grain or potatoes and flavored with strong spices like cardamom, anise and cumin) and rounded out with sweet orgeat syrup, sour lemon and a lively Champagne float.
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July 23, 2013 |
The 720 students in UCLA's full-time MBA program are getting a break from big tuition hikes for next year, along with most students across the UC system. Behind that happy fact is a complicated history, perhaps worthy of a case study in economics and government. UC President Mark G. Yudof last month granted “self-supporting” status to that master's in business administration program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. The move ends state funding and allows the program to support itself with tuition and donations.
June 18, 2013 |
It wasn't that long ago when Disney was struggling to revive a moribund animation division while its powerhouse subsidiary Pixar was on a serious roll. Things look a little different these days. “Cars 2” and “Brave,” both released under the Pixar name, were just decently received and not considered the home runs that their predecessors were. “Monsters University,” a sequel out this month, is shaping up as a movie with some similarly mixed reactions. Meanwhile, Disney's own animation division - admittedly with the help of John Lasseter and Pixar brass - is coming off a major hit with last fall's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The company will look to repeat the feat this year with the 3-D “Frozen” a movie co-directed by the writer of 'Wreck-It Ralph,” Jennifer Lee. The Disney film reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” as an animated tale about a girl (voiced by Kristen Bell)
June 18, 2013
Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
May 28, 2013 |
Given the short half-life of DNA, we may never have a Jurassic Park - but could we one day boast of an Ice Age Garden? Scientists have brought back to life a collection of roughly 400-year-old frozen plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic. The feat, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that certain plants might be much tougher than previously thought, able to regenerate after centuries under ice. "Their structural preservation is exceptional," the study authors wrote.