February 14, 2014 |
Perhaps in an attempt to live up to the drama implied by its apocalyptic-sounding name, the second night of the "final judgment" phase on "American Idol" included twists and tricks that were unexpected at least, it appeared, by the contestants themselves. At the top of the show, 17 of the top 30 slots - 15 guys and 15 young women - who would be featured in next week's live rounds had been claimed. And far more than 13 singers sat stressed out, their fates suspended, in the holding room.
February 13, 2014 |
As it kicked off its "final judgment" round on Thursday, a name that one contestant griped sounded alarmingly apocalyptic, "American Idol" showed a clip of Harry Connick Jr. lecturing the 48 contestants who'd made it to the solo round. "At the top of my list of pet peeves is hearing people bitch about that they don't feel good," he told the stressed-out singers, some of them apparently sick. "Just suck it up and sing. It's entertainment. " As Connick gave his little speech, the following words flashed on the screen: "No more Mr. Nice Guy. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Poor Harry.
February 6, 2014 |
It's been a year since Christopher Dorner went on a killing spree to avenge his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Over nine days, he killed two civilians and two law enforcement officers and led authorities on a manhunt that crossed Southern California before he died in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear following a shootout. Communities were nervous, and police feared Dorner might target anyone in a uniform. All of that makes it understandable that police officers were on edge in the early hours of Feb. 7 last year as they took up positions to guard the home of a potential Dorner target in Torrance.
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February 1, 2014 |
When Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell won the best actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," he gave a short thank-you speech in which he recalled being questioned by a customs official upon first arriving in the United States. "He was asking me what I was doing here, and I said, 'I'm going to do a film,'" Schell told the glittering crowd in his accented English. "And he said to me, 'Good luck, boy.' And I think that was very unusual for a customs man. And I can tell him now that I had it. " Undoubtedly, Schell, whose family fled the Nazis when he was a boy, made his own luck - not only as a celebrated actor who amassed more than 100 film and TV credits, but also as a director of films, documentaries, plays and opera.
January 16, 2014 |
Years ago, only half-facetiously, I suggested that the Constitution should be amended to require a year's waiting period before the passage of any law inspired by a made-for-TV movie. I feel the same way about legislation fueled by outrage about idiosyncratic miscarriages of justice (or perceived miscarriages). The latest example of this ambulance-chasing approach to lawmaking is a proposed bill by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto to prohibit defense attorneys from invoking “affluenza” as a defense at trial or as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
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January 15, 2014 |
The Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday hailed a $3.96-million judgment and permanent injunction against a downtown merchant as the largest judgment the city has secured in a counterfeiting case. Maria Luisa Sanchez committed 1,586 trademark violations over at least the last five years, and sold counterfeit clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at different storefronts, the city attorney's office said. She was fined $2,500 for each of the 1,586 counterfeit items that she sold or had for sale.