January 13, 2014 |
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel -- After an official state funeral featuring international dignitaries and flowery eulogies, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried with military honors Monday at his family ranch in southern Israel. In keeping with army protocol, the coffin of the controversial military and political leader was carried by eight Israeli generals, who lowered it into the ground beside the modest flowerbed and headstone marking the grave of his second wife on a small hill offering a panoramic view of the southern Negev area.
January 13, 2014 |
The Golden Globes were the buzz of social media, with the comedic barbs from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler helping to propel the awards show to the top of the Twitter TV charts. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC inspired nearly 2.4 million tweets that reached an online Twitter audience of 10.4 million people, according to Nielsen SocialGuide. The moments that drove the most conversation were "Breaking Bad's" win for best television drama, and the best dramatic actor award presented to the series' star, Bryan Cranston, according to Twitter.
January 12, 2014 |
The event: Saturday's Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala brought together a galaxy of stars on the eve of the Golden Globe Awards. Designed by songwriter Linda Perry, according to her vision of heaven, the black-tie gala benefited Elysium organization and honored comedian Hayes MacArthur and actress Ali Larter of “Heroes” and “Final Destination.” The crowd: Art of Elysium, which brings the creative arts to hospitalized children, is...
January 10, 2014 |
It was a nice family scene shortly before the start of the Kings-Bruins game. The Kings were honoring Coach Darryl Sutter for having coached his 1,000th regular-season game. That, in fact, happened on Saturday night but the Kings had a ceremony on Thursday for Sutter; his wife, Wanda; and son, Christopher. On hand were Kings executives Luc Robitaille and Dean Lombardi. They presented Sutter with cowboy boots and a trip for his family to an exclusive resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.
January 10, 2014 |
Richard Lester changed the cinematic language of the movie musical with his off-the-wall comic sensibilities and frenetic visual style in the Beatles' 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!" even winning an MTV Music Award two decades later honoring him as the "father of music videos. " His swinging 1965 comedy "The Knack ... and How to Get It," with Michael Crawford, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Lester also managed to avoid being typecast as a comedic director, showing a more sensitive dramatic side in the quirky 1968 romance "Petulia" with Julie Christie and George C. Scott.
January 10, 2014 |
NEW YORK - On a drizzly afternoon last month, the pianist Emanuel Ax crossed 57th Street and repeated a short journey he has made many times, walking between Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall, two pillars of this city's musical life. He had just concluded a video interview at the former, where he has performed regularly for decades. Yet he was still eager to talk, arriving at the latter - the flagship store of his preferred instrument - with Brahms on his mind. "It's such complicated and deep stuff," Ax said of Brahms' music, not meaning to sound solemn.
January 9, 2014 |
How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one? Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, "Blue Jasmine," has firmly implanted itself into this year's awards-season conversation. Having turned 78 years old last month, Allen seems as busy as ever. Which is only part of the reason Allen will not be accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award in person at the Golden Globes this weekend.
January 8, 2014 |
TUCSON -- Six rocks for the six people who died. Marlene Phillips set them down carefully outside a grocery store Wednesday, three years after a shooting rampage killed six people and injured 13 others including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It's a Jewish tradition to leave rocks on the grave of loved ones as a token of remembrance. “I'm Jewish. It seemed appropriate,” Phillips said. She'd brought the rocks from her home, near the Catalina mountain range north of the city.
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January 7, 2014 |
The U.S. Secretary of Defense is "familiarizing himself" with the history of one of the most controversial actions from the war in Iraq: the decision not to award the Medal of Honor to a Marine from San Diego killed in Fallouja in 2004. While not a full review of the case of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is looking at information given to him recently by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), a Defense official said Tuesday. Hunter, who served in Iraq as a Marine officer, has long campaigned to have Peralta awarded the Medal of Honor.
January 6, 2014 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.