October 4, 2013 |
Jason Kidd will have to wait a little beyond the start of the regular season to experience his first real games as an NBA head coach. The Brooklyn Nets have suspended their former player and new coach for the first two games of the season after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge in July, the league announced Friday. According to Nets General Manager Billy King, the suspension “is consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year.” Kidd played for the then-New Jersey Nets for six-plus of his 19 NBA seasons, leading them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
October 2, 2013 |
Kings captain Dustin Brown will renew acquaintances with Minnesota forward Jason Pominville on Thursday after earning a two-game suspension last season for an April 23 elbow to Pominville's head. Will the Wild fans be calling for Brown's head this time? “Who knows? I wasn't even thinking about it until you brought it up,” Brown said Wednesday. “Maybe, I don't know. It's up to them. It probably always is that way after something like that happens. Part of the game.” What about retribution from Minnesota players?
September 26, 2013 |
Romance and humor are famous homebodies; they never travel as much as they should. Shot mainly in Los Angeles' Koreatown, the genre elements of the romantic comedy "Wedding Palace" attempt a transpacific transit, but get lost in translation. Director Christine Yoo's ambitious debut speaks to Korean American courtship and familial relations while satirizing them, and the result is as inventive - stuffed with animated sequences, a music video and a fake commercial - as it is tonally muddled.
September 24, 2013 |
Jason Vargas' four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night, a game in which the Angels left-hander worked quickly, efficiently and with pinpoint precision, made for an enjoyable evening for catcher Hank Conger. “It's fun when you can sit back behind the plate, put your glove out there and know he's going to hit the target,” Conger said of Vargas, who struck out five, walked one and threw 110 pitches, 68 for strikes. “He changed speeds really well, moved the ball in and out and really did a good job.” Vargas didn't overpower the American League West-winning A's with his fastball, which tops out at 88 mph, but he kept them off balance with an excellent changeup and breaking ball.
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September 19, 2013 |
They were two halves of a dysfunctional whole, a prosecutor said. Jason Alejandro Schumann and the mother of one of his children, Elizabeth Ibarra, both used meth and had spent time in jail for forgery. It was during Schumann's jail stint that Ibarra met a popular 17-year-old named Francisco Rodriguez Jr. And it was a just a week after Ibarra was released from jail that Rodriguez, just home from a soccer game, was gunned down in his San Fernando Valley frontyard. Ultimately, though, a jury decided that only Schumann, enraged by what he believed was a relationship between Ibarra and Rodriguez, was responsible for the teen's death.
September 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - The entertainment world these days is filled with hyphenates: bubble-gum pop queens trying their hands at acting, film auteurs flocking to cable TV. At the Toronto International Film Festival this year, a different trend was on display, as a number of longtime movie actors used their connections and leverage accumulated in front of the camera to nab the big gig behind it: directing. Every generation sees a performer or two who toggles easily between acting and directing - Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. But these days, it seems to be more common for actors to take a whirl in the director's chair.
September 9, 2013 |
When your team gives up 886 total yards offense in a single game, it's hard to find very many positives. But Ventura St. Bonaventure has an improving inside linebacker to watch in senior Jason Farlow. A year ago, he was limited to four games because of a dislocated elbow. On Saturday night, despite having a groin injury, Farlow finished with nine tackles in the Seraphs' 69-55 loss to Corona Centennial. He was doing his best to take on Centennial's big, effective offensive line.
September 7, 2013 |
TORONTO -- There is something special about seeing director Jason Reitman's movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. I've had the chance twice. Born in Montreal, he's a native son of the fest as much as Canada, his family, via father Ivan, putting their hearts and funds behind it. Whether big or small, the audiences are so ready to embrace Reitman that it takes the energy in the room up a notch or two. I loved being in that first gala audience in 2009 watching his incredible relationship flyover film “Up in the Air," watching George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, all growing weary of the road they were on. PHOTOS: TIFF 2013 | The Scene This week, it was an early morning screening, tiny theater, maybe 15 of us watching the off-kilter sweet romancing in “Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and young Gattlin Griffith.
September 7, 2013 |
TORONTO--Though there was a boomlet of them a number of years ago, Jason Bateman didn't see any of the spelling-bee movies, documentary or fictional, back when they came out. He did check out “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on the stage, he says, but it was a long time ago and he doesn't really remember it. “I can't say I paid a lot of attention,” he said. “I know, that's funny.” Indeed, it's all a little ironic, since Bateman now created the latest, sharpest and certainly most R-rated addition to the subgenre.
September 7, 2013 |
Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who carved out a solo career after a stint with Alabama's Drive-By Truckers band, is on tour for his new album, "Southeastern. " Accompanied by his musician wife, Amanda Shires, Isbell plays the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Sept. 15 and is part of a double bill with Tom Freund at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre on Sept. 14. "Southeastern" has been getting a lot of attention. Has this tour been different for you in any way? Yeah, it seems to be more successful.