October 10, 2013 |
In Susan Josephs' new play, “The Interview,” premiering at Studio/Stage, couples must apply to the “U.S. Department of Parenting and Child Welfare” for permission to have children. Like so many nightmares of government control such as “1984” and “Logan's Run,” this one is arresting, dramatically fruitful and not entirely implausible. Josephs fleshes out her dystopia -- which, it is implied, arose from a movement among mommy bloggers -- with deft details: Eating junk food while pregnant is now against the law; every baby must be “Ferberized” (using the sleep-training method of Dr. Richard Ferber, the real author of a popular book on childcare)
October 3, 2013 |
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when. Smith is most widely known for the use of his somber, melodic music to soundtrack Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" and a white-suited performance during the 1998 Academy Awards of the song "Miss Misery.
October 2, 2013 |
DeAngelo Hall should know better than to wear an offensive shirt during postgame interviews with reporters. And he probably does. But what the Washington Redskins cornerback didn't realize after Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders was that the logo on his Lacoste shirt is considered offensive. At least by the NFL. Hall was in an understandably good mood following the Skins' first victory of the season and was giving reporters some great quotes in the locker room when an NFL wardrobe inspector -- yes, those guys really exist -- cut the interview short.
September 20, 2013 |
Popes are famously believed to be endowed with infallibility, which is often misinterpreted to mean that they can never be wrong. In actuality, they are only considered infallible when it comes to the issuance of Roman Catholic doctrine. Infallible or not, popes are not immune to dissent, disagreement, even ridicule. But it's hard to find any of those sentiments in response to Pope Francis' wide-ranging interview with a Jesuit magazine, which hit the Catholic world like a thunderbolt Thursday.
September 18, 2013 |
Iran will never develop nuclear weapons, President Hassan Rouhani vowed Wednesday in his first U.S. media interview since his inauguration last month. Rouhani also said in the interview in Tehran with NBC News international correspondent Ann Curry that he has the authority to cut a deal with the United States and other Western countries to allay their fear that Tehran's uranium enrichment activity is aimed at creating weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb. Rouhani told NBC in the interview, scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m., that President Obama had written to him to congratulate him on his June 14 election and to raise "some issues.
September 13, 2013 |
Stephen Colbert has made a career out of conducting uncomfortable interviews, but on Thursday he brought new meaning to the term "cringe-worthy" when he sat down with former intelligence official Philip Mudd. Mudd, who has served as the deputy director of the CIA's counter-terrorist center and as a senior intelligence advisor at the FBI, stopped by the show to talk about his new book, "Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. " Let's just say he's no Saul Berenson. The conversation began pleasantly enough, with Mudd discussing the changes to Al Qaeda over the past 12 years and emphasizing the importance of human informants in the fight against terrorism. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times But then Colbert made a joke about "Homeland," and, well, things got awkward very quickly.
September 9, 2013 |
Eminem in the booth with ESPN's Brent Musberger and Kurt Herbstreit to promote his upcoming album, "MMLP2," is one thing, but Musberger calling the hip-hop/rap artist a legend? That's quite another. During an odd and sometimes rambling interview, the artist known as Slim Shady admitted he was uncomfortable, saying he was a bit intimidated by sharing the booth with a legendary broadcaster such as Musberger. "Live TV kind of freaks me out," Eminem said. That's odd, since he has battled it out onstage in freestyle competitions.
September 8, 2013 |
Veteran reporter Charlie Rose announced Sunday that he had secured a highly coveted scoop: He interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Later, from Beirut, Rose discussed aspects of the interview on CBS' "Face the Nation. " The interview will run in its entirety Monday night on the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS. The world's attention is keenly focused on the perilous situation in Syria, particularly now that Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.
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September 6, 2013 |
Rochus Misch never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss. " Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He delivered a congratulatory bouquet from Hitler to a young musician who had just announced his engagement. He was in the next room of the infamous Berlin bunker when Hitler and Eva Braun, the longtime mistress who two days earlier had become the Nazi leader's wife, killed themselves on April 30, 1945.
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August 23, 2013 |
In her first interview since her abduction earlier this month, San Diego County teen Hannah Anderson said she's "hanging in there," admitting things have been "kinda hard. " The 16-year-old told NBC News her kidnapping, along with the slayings of her mother and brother, taught her "to just not hold a grudge. " "You never know when someone can be gone," she said. The six-day search for the teenager and her abductor, family friend James DiMaggio, captivated the nation as it stretched across the West.