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August 20, 2007 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
In the raging pop culture battle between James Bond and Jason Bourne, I'm going to have to side with the latter. Not because Bond is "an imperialist and a misogynist"-- as "Bourne" actor Matt Damon has charged -- but because, debonair as he is, Bond is a hero of a different era, one in which we believed in the power of technology to do good.
September 27, 2009 | Scarlet Cheng
Man and beast, the connection was made physical by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution in the mid-19th century. Since then zoologists and wildlife documentaries have further drawn our relationship to animals, and a slew of artists have been pondering the same; an exhibition at UC Riverside's Sweeney Art Gallery, "Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art" (through Nov. 28), has gathered provocative projects. "In the past, art dealing with animals usually addressed issues of representation," says Tyler Stallings, gallery director.
December 16, 2009 | By Scarlet Cheng
Robbie Conal is known for his darkly satiric illustrations of politicians and public figures, often seen as posters slapped up in Los Angeles' public places. When he perceives an abuse of the democratic process, he says, "It's like the thermometer in the cartoon. When the mercury hits above a certain level, above boiling, I pick up a paint brush or a piece of charcoal and I get to work." But another side of him is revealed in the new book "Not Your Typical Political Animal" (Art Attack Press)
December 27, 2009 | By Steve Rosenbloom
When people talk about instincts in poker, they're usually referring to such things as gut feelings and hunches, but that's only part of it. "It's not just what you feel," world-class pro John Juanda said. "You still have to think about what's logical in how the hand plays out. It's instincts, but it's based on your experience, all the hands you've played in the past." The next step is to trust those instincts, which isn't always easy, even for accomplished players such as Juanda.
After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and then shot herself in the head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
December 29, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because even if you haven't seen it, you've seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood cliches to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from "Pocahontas" or "Dances with Wolves" into "Avatar" without appreciably changing the story. In short, "Avatar" tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who -- through the wonders of movie magic -- occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora.
March 1, 1992
Andy Marx's Film Clips item "We Thought About It ( Really ) and Decided That Movie Endings Are Special" (Feb. 16) clearly illustrates why the gay activists in our society are, in one significant way, no better than its religious fundamentalists, militant feminists and other special-interest groups: They are intolerant. The gay community's attempts to halt the making of the movie "Basic Instinct," directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, are attempts to violate the principle of free expression.
April 10, 1995 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday to formally oppose a state Senate bill that would throw the bankrupt county into trusteeship. An outside administrator, or trustee, would be appointed to handle the county's finances, stripping local officials of their power to control their own purse strings. The bill, which was authored by Sen. Lucy Killea (I-San Diego) and Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco), cleared the Senate Local Government Committee on March 29.
February 19, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Researchers who wanted to find out why it is not only taboo to kiss your sister, but also disgusting, said last week they have discovered why in a find that challenges some basic tenets of Freudian theory. The instinct evolved naturally and cannot be taught, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides of UC Santa Barbara wrote in their report in the journal Nature. They tested 600 volunteers, asking them all sorts of questions jumbled together so they would not know what was being studied.
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