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.
May 3, 2013 |
Amy Meyer was standing outside a slaughterhouse in Draper City, Utah, in February and said she saw what she had suspected: wounded animals being dragged to their deaths. Then she did what she had come for in this YouTube age and took out her cellphone to record it. Meyer was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the incident, accused of violating a controversial new law in the Beehive State that forbids the recording of unauthorized photos or videos of agricultural operations.
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April 25, 2013 |
A suspect has been arrested in the case of a Northridge couple found gagged and bound with zip-ties in their home, police said Thursday. Their daughter discovered them tied up some time before 5 p.m. in the 9700 block Aldea Avenue. The victims were in their 80s, police said. Police said a man had broken into the home, restrained the two, then stole one of their ATM cards and their car before escaping. The couple's daughter walked in and found her parents and called police. The robber was arrested at a Bank of America when he tried to use the stolen ATM card, police said.