February 4, 2014 |
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
December 23, 2013 |
A judge might impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks they contend could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. At a hearing in Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court on Monday, defense attorney Michael Fee blamed prosecutors for out-of-court statements reported in the media that he says have tarnished the ex-player. "Mr. Hernandez is entitled to a fair trial," Fee told Judge Susan Garsh during the hourlong proceeding.
December 17, 2013 |
Every time I see Ron Burgundy, a.k.a. Will Ferrell, hawking Dodge Durangos on TV - which seems like a million times a day - what strikes me is how brilliant the "Anchorman" conceit is in small bits. The carefully manicured hair, the flashy suits, all just window dressing for that marvelously bloated ego, the absurd made irresistible in 60-second increments. That, I'd suggest, should be the recommended dosage. At nearly two hours, the nonsense of Ron and the news game, which Ferrell and co-writer and director Adam McKay skewered so effectively in 2004, is harder to sustain the second time around.
October 30, 2013 |
As "The Simpsons" enters its second quarter-century, its still getting major notoriety for one minor aspect of the show: the ever-changing couch gag that opens most episodes. Hot on the heels of the Guillermo del Toro-directed Halloween couch gag comes another couch gag with a Del Toro connection. Sunday's episode, titled, "Four Regrettings and a Funeral," features an extended 90-second couch gag that plays as an homage to "The Hobbit," the trilogy of films that Del Toro was scheduled to direct for many years before moving on to other projects.
September 26, 2013 |
Fantasy and horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro does big, big, big movies. But he's going very small for his next side project: he's directing the couch gag for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons. " The couch gag -- the short little bit that constantly changes at the end of every opening credits sequence of "The Simpsons" -- has long been a place for the show to do blatant parodies of other shows' opening credits, such as "Game of Thrones," and invite suggestions from people not on the "Simpsons" staff.
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September 23, 2013 |
The mother of kidnap victim Hannah Anderson was bound, gagged and beaten to death before the killer set his home ablaze and fled with the teenager to the Northwest, according to the San Diego County medical examiner. Christina Anderson, 44, a medical assistant, died of blunt force injury to the head with a minimum of 12 blows to her face and head, an autopsy report released Monday said. A crowbar was found near the body. She also had a broken arm and her throat was slashed, although the latter apparently was done after she was dead, the report said.