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October 20, 2013 |
In his final days as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray compiled, copied and buried piles of records amassed over the 27 years he led the congregation. The time capsule, he believed, would preserve his legacy and document the church's role as a force for positive change in South L.A. But in the nine years since he retired, Murray has watched his hard work crumble under the leadership of his successor, the Rev. John J. Hunter, and his wife.
October 17, 2013 |
Tigers Manager Jim Leyland had a big announcement to make before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, and he even prefaced it as such. "Huge lineup change," Leyland said, before adding: "Really, I don't know if it's huge or not. " Whether it was the new lineup or the inefficiency of Red Sox starter Jake Peavy is debatable, but the revamped Tigers scored more runs in the first four innings than they did in the last three games in a 7-3 victory. The Tigers evened the series at two games apiece, and Anibal Sanchez, who threw six hitless innings in Game 1, faces Jon Lester on Thursday in Game 5. "I don't want to sound like this [lineup switch]
October 17, 2013 |
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
October 15, 2013 |
Rielle Hunter is sorry. Very, very sorry. Extremely, lots of, super sorry. And then some. Because that's how sorry you have to be when it's years after the fact? Hunter, infamous for her affair with then-presidential hopeful John Edwards, an affair that started in 2006 and was uncovered in 2007, has a book coming out, "In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. " To mark the occasion she wrote an essay for Huffington Post admitting her regrets.
October 10, 2013 |
There's certainly a profound and valuable documentary to be made about our eldest living senior citizens. Sadly, "Walter: Lessons From the World's Oldest People" isn't it. Filmmaker Hunter Weeks, largely accompanied by producer-fiancée Sarah E. Hall, travels across America, Cuba and Italy to meet a handful of supercentenarians - that is, people 110 years old or more. It's a singular, noble effort for sure. But Weeks and Hall, concurrently going through their own life transitions, hog so much screen time with facile observations, stagy reactions and, yes, food consumption, that their venerable subjects often take a backseat.
October 9, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Characters in drama don't have to be likable, as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Eugene O'Neill keep reminding us. But we ought to care about their fates. They should arouse our concern even if we might politely turn down a dinner invitation from them. The three characters in Samuel D. Hunter's "The Few," which is having its world premiere at the Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre under Davis McCallum's sensitive direction, aren't going to win any popularity contests.