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October 16, 2010 |
It's not easy being Gavin Newsom. In righteously progressive San Francisco, the two-term mayor who calls himself a "pro-business Democrat" has been slammed as too conservative, even as he grappled creatively with chronic homelessness, signed into law the city's groundbreaking universal healthcare program and even helped make composting compulsory. Everywhere else, though, he's the liberal who rubbed the nation's nose in gay marriage. Now, as the 43-year-old finds himself in a tight race for lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado, he will need to persuade voters that he is more than the Gay Marriage Mayor ?
January 2, 2014 |
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.
July 5, 1989 |
"Weekend at Bernie's" (citywide) is a one-joke comedy as fragile as a soap bubble. It never self-destructs, but because it threatens to at every turn, it unleashes so many laughs it could just end up a summer sleeper. Writer Robert Klane, who has "Where's Momma?" among his credits, has taken an amusing premise, and director Ted Kotcheff and his young stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman run with it.
December 21, 2010 |
Easy A Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $34.95 John Hughes meets "The Scarlet Letter" in the whip-smart high-school comedy "Easy A," which stars Emma Stone as a bright nobody who becomes a controversial cult hero when her classmates mistakenly believe she's had sex. The movie isn't always as gutsy as it could be in taking on teenage hypocrisy and image control, but screenwriter Bert V. Royal's dialogue is crisp and funny, director Will Gluck keeps...
November 16, 2009
The Times' high school football rankings by Ben Bolch: -- Rk. Team (Rec., Sec.-Div.) Comment (Last week's ranking) 1 CRENSHAW (10-0, City-Division I) Cougars hoped for Fairleigh Dickinson when told they would face a No. 16 seeding. (1) 2 EDISON (10-0, SS-Pac 5) If Chargers finish unbeaten, you could say it was a (Bill) Workman-like effort. (2) 3 OAKS CHRISTIAN (10-0, SS-Northwest) Tri-Valley League foes consider giving Bill Redell a rocking chair with a faulty leg as going-away present.
April 22, 2006
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION in the United States has swollen to the point where even Gordon Gekko might blush. Just look at two sweetheart deals in the headlines this week. A newly released review of former Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman Lee R. Raymond's pay package shows he made $686 million on paper from 1993 to 2005. That translates to $144,573 for every day he worked. The company defends the extravagance, saying that Raymond's paycheck was duly approved by its board of directors.
September 24, 2010 |
The return of a classic drama and a new attempt at a family animated franchise will compete for the top spot at the box office this weekend, though neither is likely to be a huge hit. Twentieth Century Fox's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," a sequel to the 1987 classic that teams Shia LaBeouf with original star Michael Douglas, opens against Warner Bros.' "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder's animated feature adaptation of the fantasy book series for kids.
September 13, 1997 |
Remember the sequence from Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction" in which Michael Douglas' character, left alone in his Manhattan apartment while his wife and son visit relatives, decides to spend a day with the woman he'd picked up the night before? They laugh, they talk, they eat, they make love, he tries to leave, she slits her wrists? In the morning, he comes home, and musses the sheets in his own bed, so that when his wife gets there later, she'll think he's been a good boy?