April 10, 2014 |
Don't let the cheesy title deter you. "Cuban Fury" is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser - sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring. British funnyman Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") makes for an especially root-worthy hero as Bruce Garrett, an earnest lathe salesman who reconnects with an old love: salsa dancing. Bruce may come off to friends and co-workers like a bit of a schlub; he's a self-described 2 on the 1-to-10 scale. But beneath that pudgy exterior lies the heart of a champion salsa dancer, which in fact he was as a kid until a humiliating incident dubbed "Sequingate" caused Bruce to burn his dancing shoes (literally)
October 24, 2013 |
Now that we all live inside hermetically-sealed political feedback bubbles when it comes to receiving and reacting to news, it's never been easier to form an opinion on a given story. That's particularly true of the type of Rorschach-test-like stories for which our opinions are already predestined -- one reader's black-ink-blot socialist plot to undermine national security is another's evidence of encroaching totalitarianism run amuck. The crazy part is, both things can be true at the same time, depending on whom you ask. Occasionally a story comes along, however, like the news about former UC Davis police officer John Pike, a.k.a.
September 12, 2013 |
Farewell, fringe! Brad Pitt has finally cut off his long hair! The actor was photographed Tuesday rocking a shorter 'do while filming "Fury," a World War II Nazi Germany drama written and directed by David Ayer that costars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. While neither Pitt's entire mane nor scalp was visible, the buzz-cut sides peeked out from under a white baseball cap he was wearing on set in the British countryside, according to Just Jared. PHOTOS: Scene at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Pitt, 49, had still been rocking the long locks ( and their customary bun and ponytail )
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July 3, 2013 |
A major toxic waste dump near a Central Valley hamlet is poised to expand, and a troubled battery recycler in Vernon has been cleared to reopen according to key decisions Tuesday that sparked fury in nearby low-income communities. At the center of both decisions is a little-known California agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has repeatedly cited both facilities for violations of hazardous waste regulations. In the Central Valley, the agency took steps toward approving expansion of Chemical Waste Management's nearly full toxic waste dump in Kettleman City by 5 million cubic yards, a 50% increase.
June 5, 2013 |
Certainly it can hard to be “the other woman” in a political sex scandal. But who knew that it's also no picnic being “the other woman's” woman? That's the situation Jill Kelley has found herself in. But Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who sparked the investigation into ex-CIA Director David H. Petraeus' extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, which prompted his resignation, is not taking her situation lying down. She's suing the FBI and the Pentagon for violating her privacy.
May 3, 2013 |
There are times when it's best to let the riffs, tangled leads and headbanging speak for themselves. Slayer co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who died Thursday, was by all accounts a silent, reserved presence in real life, but when he stepped onstage to play guitar, his musical voice was monstrous. His distorted onslaught continues to inspire fans of extreme music across borders and generations. Entire heavy metal subgenres including speed metal, black metal and doom metal wouldn't exist without his band's influence.