January 20, 2013 |
Searching for Sugar Man Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Detroit-based singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodríguez couldn't get any airplay in the U.S. in the '70s with his soulful, political folk-rock, but his 1970 album, "Cold Fact," inexplicably became a favorite among liberal whites in apartheid-ravaged South Africa. This fascinating, touching documentary tries to sort out the facts of Rodríguez's life from the legends - which among his South African fans included the rumor that his career ended with him committing suicide onstage.
August 6, 2012 |
Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old from San Antonio, had been missing for more than three years when he seemed to miraculously resurface in the custody of authorities in Spain in 1997. The Barclay family accepted him back into their home, even though this Nicholas looked little like the boy they had known and that he now spoke English with a heavy accent. Months later they discovered the person living with them was actually a 23-year-old France-born man named Frédéric Bourdin, who had spun an elaborate deception to pose as Nicholas.
August 2, 2012 |
A whole lot stranger than fiction, "The Imposter"is a documentary that's disturbing in ways only reality can manage. This is a train wreck you think you see coming, but no matter how prepared you are the nature and extent of the damage will overwhelm you. As directed by British documentarian Bart Layton, "The Imposter" tells the story of a dark-skinned French Algerian man, a world-class deceiver and manipulator, who managed to convince members of...
June 9, 2011 |
A French television station believed it had a scoop when a woman identifying herself as Syria's ambassador to France announced her resignation during an on-air telephone interview, saying she opposed her country's violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. News station France 24 said the interview Tuesday evening was with Paris-based Ambassador Lamia Shakkour. "I can no longer support the cycle of extreme violence against unarmed civilians," the woman said. "I recognize the legitimacy of the people's demands for more democracy and freedom.
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May 8, 2004 |
A man who allegedly treated more than 1,000 patients over a 14-month period in Santa Ana while assuming the identity of a California-licensed doctor has been arrested, authorities said Friday. Rigoberto Camacho Alvarez, 48, was arrested in San Diego, near his La Mesa home, and charged with practicing medicine without a license and identity theft, said Jim Kovash, supervising investigator in Orange County for the California Medical Board.
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March 29, 2000 |
Three men posing as police officers assaulted five guests at a Buena Park motel early Tuesday morning, authorities said. One man, 28-year-old George Pichardo of Northridge was shot and pistol-whipped, Buena Park Police Sgt. Chris Nunez said. Nunez said the five men were in a room at the Gaslight Motel on Beach Boulevard around 1 a.m. Tuesday when they heard a knock on the door. Three men posing as officers forced their way into the room and ordered the victims to the floor.