December 1, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - To President Enrique Peña Nieto's supporters, his first year in office has been a time of bold promises kept as he pursues an ambitious agenda of reforms designed, in the long term, to bring peace and economic growth to Mexico. But in the short term, by many measures, his country remains a mess. Though he promised to focus on Mexico's economic potential, Peña Nieto has presided over an economy that has hardly grown at all. Though he vowed to reduce the kind of violence that affects innocent citizens, his record has been mixed, with kidnappings and extortion rising nationwide even as the number of homicides drops.
November 26, 2013 |
In the Victorian era, not many people people knew that their beloved superstar author Charles Dickens had a long affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. But in the 20th century, the relationship was detailed in a number of biographies -- including 1991's "The Invisible Woman. " Which is now a movie -- coming to an art theater near you this holiday season, thanks to director and star Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Dickens, and as you can see in the trailer above, he captures some of the author's magnetism and massive popularity.
November 9, 2013 |
Mike Newell, whose eclectic career has ranged from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," has given us a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved bildungsroman "Great Expectations. " It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon. That canon includes roughly 15 film versions of the tale that follows an apprentice blacksmith as he navigates the transition from poor village orphan to sponsored London gentleman.
October 3, 2013 |
LA JOLLA - One of the pleasures of watching Jamal Crawford perform on the court is seeing his ability to shake a defender with his deft crossover dribble to create an open shot. But with Clippers Coach Doc Rivers stressing fewer isolation plays, that will probably lead to Crawford having the ball in his hands less often. So expect to see Crawford come off more screens in Rivers' system and then look for a pass. "As far as creating stuff, there's still a place for that," Crawford said.
October 3, 2013 |
Only one word describes the effect of watching Ben Affleck slowly dial down the temperature one degree at a time in "Runner Runner": Cool. Frank Sinatra cool. He stars as sociopathic online gambling mogul Ivan Block, and if that role doesn't sound cool, you haven't seen Affleck at the controls. Justin Timberlake costars as Richie Furst, a Princeton whiz kid, also cool. Not as cool as Block. Nor as keen on the whole sociopathic lifestyle. The money's great, but feeding enemies to the crocodiles crosses some lines.
August 29, 2013 |
"Game of Thrones'" Viserys Targaryen may not have a crown, but he's got a country house -- one that used to be Charles Dickens' -- that he's hoping to share. Gad's Hill Place, Dickens' country home, is to be opened to the public for the first time since his death in 1870 -- in a project spearheaded by his relatives, including actor Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen on the HBO series "Game of Thrones. " Dickens had 10 children and then the family continued to grow. Lloyd is his great-great-great grandson; his mother, Marion Dickens, is leading the effort to open Gad's Hill Place to the public. Gad's Hill Place, in Hingham, Kent, is where Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities.