October 24, 2013 |
No one can accuse filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson of taking the easy way out. For 13 years they followed the educational lives of two African American boys (one of them their son), amassing more than 800 hours of footage in the process. Edited down to a bit more than two hours, "American Promise," the film that resulted, is a remarkable documentary, though only partially for the reason its creators intended. Though this film does in fact deal with what the filmmakers call the question of "race, class and education for African American boys," it ends up being of as much interest for the personal stories it tells of two young men trying to find their place in the world.
October 23, 2013 |
If you're a music fan who woke up today expecting a Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones collaborative album of Everly Brothers songs, we'd like to buy you a drink and get some advice for betting on the ponies. The Green Day frontman and jazz-folk chanteuse indeed have a new album, "Foreverly," devoted to the classic vocal group. It's a full cover of the Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. " Armstrong told Stereogum that the brisk nine-day studio collaboration was "kinda like a blind date" that started with a cold call to Jones.
October 21, 2013 |
It wouldn't be October if there weren't an onslaught of Halloween-themed programming to binge on. Fox is getting into the spirit with a couple of its Tuesday comedies. Freshman comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which was recently picked up for a full season, is giving viewers a taste of Halloween in Brooklyn. The episode will center on Charles, played by Joe Lo Truglio, trying to get Halloween-hating Amy to see the joy in the holiday. The pair will have to wear costumes while going undercover on the streets.
October 18, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - The plan worked to perfection, through the first round of the playoffs. Then the plan was fractured. The eighth rib of Hanley Ramirez was fractured. So, too, was the Dodgers' season. As it turned out, the National League Championship Series did not turn on the fortunes of Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw or Mickey Mouse. The series turned on the ninth pitch of the first game, the fastball that broke a rib. That was the last the Dodgers saw of Ramirez as an effective player this season.
October 17, 2013
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary, "Broadway Idiot" traces how Green Day's Grammy Award-winning concept album/rock opera "American Idiot" was turned into a "Rent"-like stage musical and brought to the Great White Way with seemingly little discord or drama. If there was, in fact, any conflict or tension between the 2010 musical's director Michael Mayer and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong (they co-wrote the show's book) - much less any issues with or among the cast, crew or producers (the latter go oddly unseen here)
October 15, 2013 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said for sure if she is running for president in 2016. Joe Biden has not said for sure if he is running for president in 2016. Into that Democratic vacuum rides the wink-wink, nudge-nudge part of campaign 2016. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a source as saying that Clinton used a Q-and-A period after her closed-to-the-public speech in the city to note that she had backed the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. Not incidentally, the source said, the former secretary of State noted several times that Vice President Biden had opposed it. Clinton's team had insisted that no video or recordings be made of her speech, a familiar demand from her camp.
October 14, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Not long after Joe Bell's teenage son killed himself, the 48-year-old with two fake knees set out to walk from Oregon to New York City so he could spread the word about the child he loved, about the evils of bullying, about parents' responsibility. Bell figured it would take two years to complete his planned 5,000-mile trek, his memorial to son Jadin, with a message about loving gay children and holding bullies to higher standards. "If he could save one child's life," family friend Bud Hill said Monday in a telephone interview, "it would be worth it to him. " Bell may not have saved a life on his walk across America.
October 13, 2013 |
After a decade of delays, a $100-million real estate development in the heart of Chinatown is getting underway as the changing neighborhood catches a wave of investment sweeping through downtown Los Angeles. Work began this month on the Blossom Plaza apartment and retail complex that will take over the space formerly occupied by Little Joe's, an Italian restaurant and bar that was once a beloved fixture on North Broadway. The eatery has been closed for 15 years, and its shabby-looking building and parking lot have long been considered a blight on the community's main thoroughfare.
October 9, 2013 |
Joe Girardi accepted a four-year contract to remain as manager of the New York Yankees, the team announced Wednesday. The contract guarantees him $16 million, according to CBS Sports. Mike Scioscia of the Angels, the highest-paid manager in Major League Baseball, averages $5 million a year on a contract that extends through 2017. The Dodgers have made no announcement about the future of Manager Don Mattingly, whose option for next season has not been exercised. However, with this week's announcements that Scioscia would return to the Angels and Girardi to the Yankees, two high-profile potential replacements are no longer available.
October 6, 2013 |
Asked about the uncertain job status of Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Joe Torre reflected on his days as a lame-duck manager with the New York Yankees. “Players have to answer a lot of questions and that's the tough part for a manager,” Torre said. “If it was just on the manager and you just had to respond as a manager, that's your job. You get paid more money than anyone else on your coaching staff based on the fact that you have to be there and respond to all the questions.