November 1, 2013 |
What happens when a surreal on-screen world takes a museum form? Sometimes it can get stodgy. Other times it can bring to life what had previously existed only on the screen or in our minds. On Friday, one such experiment takes flight in Toronto with the opening of “The Cronenberg Project,” the Toronto International Film Festival organization's sprawling ode to David Cronenberg, the body horror pioneer and all-around genre maestro. Spread out at several spaces in the city and headquartered at its Bell Lightbox, where the flagship “Cronenberg: Evolution” is mounted, the exhibition aims to honor the director's legacy and give a strong flavor of all things Cronenberg.
October 31, 2013 |
It was just before dinnertime, about 6 p.m. when Bryan Sweatt called the emergency operator in Greenwood, S.C., a rural town once known for its textile mills. He told the woman who answered the 911 call that he was stressed out. A woman is heard crying in the background of the emergency recording released by the sheriff's office. The operator asks Sweatt whether he has a gun. “A .44,” Sweat is heard answering and then the telephone line goes dead. According to authorities, Sweatt broke into his girlfriend's parents' home in Greenwood, a community of some 23,000 people, where he shot and killed five people, including two children, before committing suicide.
October 30, 2013 |
British food regulators' proposal to lower the minimum sugar content for what can be labeled as jam has stirred up a hyperbolic debate in Parliament that pits hidebound culinary traditionalists against those seeking to boost trade. The proposed change would allow jam makers to market their wares with as little as 50% sugar content, instead of the current mandatory 60% minimum. But the law would still leave it up to the cooks to decide whether they wanted to change their recipe or stick with the old ways.
October 30, 2013 |
Deborah Cavallaro is a hard-working real estate agent in the Westchester suburb of Los Angeles who has been featured prominently on a round of news shows lately, talking about how badly Obamacare is going to cost her when her existing plan gets canceled and she has to find a replacement. She says she's angry at President Obama for having promised that people who like their health plans could keep them, when hers is getting canceled for not meeting Obamacare's standards. "Please explain to me," she told Maria Bartiromo on CNBC Wednesday, "how my plan is a 'substandard' plan when ... I'd be paying more for the exchange plans than I am currently paying by a wide margin.
October 26, 2013
"Carrie" is back, and the billboards all over town give notice that she's out to instill fear in us. But with all the ways to see movies these days, and all the many franchises of hit horrors, there's plenty of cinematic fear to go around. Here are a few ways to raise goose bumps this season. (And, yes, we tried to avoid the super-gruesome). We're sure to have missed some of your favorites; let us know on Twitter with #LATscarymovies or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Haunted houses and ghosts: "What Lies Beneath" (2000)
October 25, 2013 |
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.