September 22, 2012
If I ever do another dinner party marathon like that (and I seriously vow never to schedule so many dinners in one week), here's what I'll do differently: • Organize my shopping and decide on the menus ahead of time, not on the fly. • Compromise - maybe we don't need to drive all the way across town to get that one elusive ingredient (but try telling that to my husband). • Start cooking early and pace myself. • Make the desserts before my fellow cook spreads his stuff out on every surface.
December 24, 2013 |
Spike Jonze and his team went to some lengths to create the future in “Her.” In the movie - which has Joaquin Phoenix 's soulful Theodore Twombly falling in love with an operating-system voiced by Scarlett Johansson - the future feels both warm and austere, inviting and slightly disorienting. It 's a movie that, like so many films, looks at the future, but, thanks to its unmistakable vision, through an entirely unexpected lens. In our ongoing Web series. we talk to the people who helped shape that vision.
August 18, 2012 |
So how many people knew, when they sat in the theater or in front of their television sets to watch Charlton Heston in 1973's “Soylent Green,” that it was inspired by a novel by Harry Harrison? Harrison, who died this week at the age of 87 , was many things in his distinguishedsci-fi career - editor, illustrator, writer - and he was also a bit of the prophet because of his 1966 dystopian tale “Make Room! Make Room!” For me, the vision he created in that book - and its celluloid offspring “Soylent Green” (though Harrison, notes one early report of his death , thought the film only occasionally "bore a faint resemblance to the book")
December 23, 2013 |
For those who've seen the buzziest of buzzy holiday movies, Spike Jonze's “Her,” you probably left the theater with much to think about. One of the biggest questions, at least from a filmmaking standpoint: How did Jonze and his team arrive at the future we see on the screen? Infinitely relatable though gently different, the Los Angeles of Jonze's unspecified future occupies a new and exciting place in cinematic history--and the history, as it where, of futurism itself. “Her's” L.A.” is a million miles from “Blade Runner,” but it also not entirely a utopia.
February 26, 2014
Re "Farmers caught up in food safety net," Feb. 24 In the future we all might be eating Soylent Green. Remember that movie about the overstressed, overcrowded planet with scarce food supplies and strange regulations not based on common sense but on economic control? The food safety advocates and federal regulators whose efforts to protect the public may end up shutting down organic farms should take an organic gardening class. Grow some food and cook it, preferably without latex gloves on. Anne Geisler Encinitas ALSO: Letters: Dual water meters could be costly Letters: Closed libraries are a civic disgrace Letters: A Holocaust survivor's uplifting story
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Andre Ethier said Wednesday morning that it was too early to say how the Dodgers' sale could affect his future. Ethier is under contract this year for $10.95 million. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He said he wasn't sure if he was any more optimistic about remaining a Dodger beyond this season. “It's way too early to even play those games in your mind right now,” he said. “It's a proven group, a lot of proven winners and people who want to win, but we still don't know what their goals are going to be coming in. It's that whole thing of don't look too far ahead, just be focused on right now. If we do our job, then everything will work out.” But Ethier sounded as if he would be open to discussing a contract extension during the season.
July 25, 2013 |
On ce an up-and-comer, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been reduced to obscurity in his position as California's lieutenant governor. And Gov. Jerry Brown, once an ally, is content to leave him that way. ALSO: America's broadband blues Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons What we learned from a tragic Disneyland accident Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
October 15, 2013 |
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
July 13, 2013 |
Pop & Hiss finds it unlikely that we'll hear a better R&B slow jam this year than " Body Party ," the sleek space-soul ballad in which Ciara tells her real-life boyfriend Future that her body is his party -- and "nobody's invited but you. " Produced with drowsy sensuality by Mike Will Made It (who also helmed Miley Cyrus' " We Can't Stop "), "Body Party" currently sits at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart, which is precisely two slots below where the song deserves to be. But Ciara, she's no spoilsport, so Friday night she and Future both turned up to do "Body Party" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
February 27, 2014 |
Volvo will use next week's Geneva Motor Show to debut the last in a trio of stunning concept cars that point to the brand's design direction in the very near future. The Swedish-by-heritage, Chinese-by-ownership automaker announced Thursday that it will unveil the two-door Concept Estate station wagon on March 4. It follows in the footsteps of the Concept Coupe that debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, and the Concept XC Coupe that Volvo displayed at January's Detroit Auto Show.