February 19, 2014
Not many artists can get their name placed before that of superstar rapper Kanye West on a festival lineup, but piano man Elton John has received top-billing for the 2014 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival . Other headliners at the four-day event in Manchester, Tenn., include Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, the Avette Brothers and Phoenix. Set for the weekend of June 12-15, the festival features a cross-section of artists amid multiple genres. Unlike Southern California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo has relied slightly heavier on a selection of jam bands, roots artists and bluegrass acts.
February 14, 2014 |
The parrot wasn't talking. "I'm teaching her to say, 'I miss Mace,"' said Mace Neufeld, who at 85 reckons the bird, whose name is Margie, will outlast him. With no words of affection forthcoming, Neufeld, a New Yorker who landed in Beverly Hills back when you could grab a sandwich at the Ontra Cafeteria and rent a house with a pool for $300 a month, headed toward the sitting room. He once wrote music for Dorothy Loudon, managed Dusty Springfield, produced "The Omen. " But Neufeld moves with the fervor of a man less concerned with his legacy than the spread sheet of his latest film.
February 10, 2014 |
A potentially nasty legal battle between Angels slugger Albert Pujols and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark was avoided Monday when Clark issued a public apology for last summer's comments accusing Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols, in turn, said he would drop the defamation lawsuit he filed in St. Louis County in October that accused Clark of disseminating “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods” about him in an attempt to “generate attention and ratings” for Clark's new sports-radio talk show.
February 1, 2014 |
Jack Flaherty went 13-0 in 2013 and helped Harvard-Westlake win the Southern Section Division 1 championship. He's back for his senior year, and on Saturday in a winter game against Mater Dei, Flaherty gave no indication he's going to be any easier to defeat in 2014. His fastball reached 91 mph. He allowed one run and two hits in three innings while striking out two. Mater Dei's starting pitcher was Chuck Vorsheck, a Notre Dame signee who struck out Flaherty in the first inning.
January 31, 2014 |
The 1888-91 Whitechapel murders in London are arguably the world's most infamous unsolved serial crimes. The brutal murders of as few as five to almost a dozen young women attributed to "Jack the Ripper" have spawned thousands of nonfiction accounts and casebooks, so many that the term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study of the murders by professionals and amateurs. Fictional accounts of the Ripper murders also abound, including tales that pit Jack the Ripper against Sherlock Holmes and, most recently, Isabel Allende's novel "Ripper," which involves teenage sleuths who use computer gaming to track a modern-day Ripper terrorizing San Francisco.
January 19, 2014 |
It looks like Kevin Hart will easily lock up a first-place finish at the box office during the busy Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, coming in ahead of last week's victor "Lone Survivor" and the new "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. " Universal Pictures' buddy-cop comedy "Ride Along," starring the fast-talking Hart alongside Ice Cube, grossed an estimated $41.2 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada and is on track to take in $47.8 million through Monday, beating all expectations. Not adjusting for inflation, that would make it the highest-grossing Martin Luther King Jr. Day four-day weekend opener ever, topping 2008's monster movie "Cloverfield," which generated $46.1 million in its holiday debut.
January 17, 2014 |
When it comes to reviews of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," superlatives are in short supply. Most movie critics agree that the reboot of the Tom Clancy action franchise, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, is competent - or "serviceable," or "workmanlike," or even "fairly diverting" - but not particularly compelling. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that compared to previous films in the franchise (such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games"), "as well as the modern gold standard of the genre as represented by the 'Bourne' epics, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' comes off as a reasonable facsimile, serviceable but not compelling, something that could pass for the real thing if you're not looking too hard.
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January 16, 2014 |
Los Angeles police detectives Thursday announced a $50,000 reward in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Pico-Union last year in hopes the money will motivate witnesses to come forward. Jesus Eduardo Vargas was riding his bicycle in the 2100 block of West Pico Boulevard about 7:20 p.m. on July 1 when he was confronted by two men. Vargas was then chased inside the fast-food restaurant, where he got into a physical altercation with one of the men in front of the counter, according to a surveillance video released by police.
January 16, 2014 |
We all know you can't tell a book by its cover, but can you tell a film by its release date? Where "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is concerned, that becomes a bit of a trick question. A glance at the calendar reminds us that this tale of espionage and derring-do starring Chris Pine as CIA analyst Jack Ryan is coming to theaters in January, the traditional elephant burial ground for major studio releases. But before "The Wolf of Wall Street" dislodged it into 2014, "Jack Ryan" possessed a coveted Christmas slot all its own. So is this film a holiday gem slumming in the low-rent district, or a tawdry impostor stripped of ideas above its station?
January 16, 2014 |
Chris Pine was well aware of his action-hero options. Accepting the lead role in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" - the $60-million thriller that hits theaters Friday - the actor became the fourth man to portray novelist Tom Clancy's iconic CIA super-spy character over the course of a five-film franchise that has spanned nearly a quarter of a century and generated more than $787 million at the box office. As such, Pine's performance could have paid implicit homage to those who came before him. He might have channeled the brisk efficiency of Alec Baldwin's submarine-bound Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford's reluctant (and frequently grimacing)