October 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As they swept through airports while making their ambitious, risky new movie, "Cloud Atlas," directors Andy and Lana Wachowski got used to answering a surprisingly tough question from customs officials. "They'd say, 'What's your movie about?'" said Andy. "It's about the sum of human experience. They always look up and go, 'Oh, really…'" "Our target audience is customs officials," whispered Lana. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Cloud Atlas' Actually, their target audience is grown-ups.
October 4, 2012 |
Indie comedies set in the 'burbs are a dime a dozen, and they usually paint the nonmetro regions as repositories of conformity and inertia. "The Oranges" takes its place in that familiar realm, holding out more than the usual promise, thanks to an exceptionally strong ensemble: It stars Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney. But if this story of midlife crisis among longtime neighbors has flickers of heart, it's only because the actors can convey more in a glance than the pages of on-the-nose dialogue they're asked to deliver.
September 23, 2012 |
What is there to say about the Emmys that has not been said before? Rather than flip for writing up the obligatory pre-broadcast essay, Times TV critics Robert Lloyd and Mary McNamara had a conversation in which they aired their grievances, their preferences and gave praise where it was due. Robert: Well, Mary, the fall season is breaking and the Emmy Awards are upon us once again Sunday night. And once again I have failed to pay much attention to them; I understand that they're popular and fun and give newspaper writers something to write about; but they seem to me irrelevant to the art and crafts they celebrate.
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September 12, 2012
Ron Taylor Filmed shark for 'Jaws' Ron Taylor, 78, an Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the dramatic underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller "Jaws," died Sunday at a Sydney hospital after battling leukemia. Taylor and his wife, Valerie, spent years filming great white sharks and trying to persuade a wary public that the much-feared creatures were beautiful animals worthy of respect. Their stunning up-close images of sharks drew the attention of "Jaws" director Steven Spielberg, who asked the couple to capture footage of a great white for his 1975 blockbuster.
September 11, 2012 |
Karch Kiraly , one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon , who led the women's team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. McCutcheon, who also coached the men's national team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, has taken over as head women's coach at Minnesota.
August 14, 2012 |
Molly Ringwald's novel-in-stories “When It Happens To You” officially publishes Tuesday. When I talked to her about the book, the conversation often took off into interesting realms that didn't make it into the feature on her that ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. Here are a few bonus excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. We'd begun talking informally in a nearby bookstore, where the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy dominated the bestseller display. She told me that she had read the book because her friend, Bret Easton Ellis, was interested in writing the screenplay adaptation.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Perfect endings are for novels. Not so much for real life, or for volleyball teams and coaches. These London Olympics were to be the completion of the Hugh McCutcheon sweep, both as kind of payback for past Olympic-related indignities and as a success story with a gender twist. McCutcheon, a tall New Zealander with no hair, lots of personality and an irresistible back story, wasn't promoting any of that. He was coach of the men's U.S. Olympic volleyball team that won the gold medal four years ago in Beijing.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- The storybook tale did not have the expected happy ending for the U.S. women's volleyball team Saturday night. Ranked No. 1 -- and coached by Hugh McCutcheon, who had guided the U.S. men to the gold in Beijing over Brazil -- the women got outplayed and lost. Brazil won by a final score of 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17. It looked as if the U.S. women would run away with the gold-medal match when they dominated the first set and won, 25-11. But that appeared to mostly embarrass Brazil, which came storming back in the second set and won, 25-17.
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August 8, 2012 |
The stranger who called my parents' house in March posed a baffling question. Do you know about the reunion? the man asked my mother. What reunion? she replied. A get-together of the guys who worked with your husband on the Corona program, the caller said. The Corona program? It's been highly classified - a secret - the man told her, but now we can talk about it. That's what the reunion is about, he said. My mother, Jean Cart, listened for a little longer, thanked him and hung up. Growing up, we never knew exactly what my father did when he left for work.
August 6, 2012 |
Robert Hughes, a giant of 20th-century art criticism who first became known in the U.S. through his reviews for Time magazine, has died at age 74. The Australian writer was famous for writing big books on big subjects -- from the early history of Australia ("The Fatal Shore" of 1987) to the pioneers of modern art ("The Shock of the New" of 1981). Both books were bestsellers for his publisher Random House, which confirmed that Hughes died Monday in New York after a long illness.