July 1, 2011 |
"Larry Crowne" is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core. When that core is two of the biggest movie stars around — Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts — it's an especially dispiriting situation. Hanks and Roberts topline this adult romantic comedy about supposedly real people, the kind of movie that would be welcome were it not doomed by its tone of hopelessly contrived Hollywood sincerity. Hanks, who also directed and co-wrote with Nia Vardalos (responsible for the cloying "My Big Fat Greek Wedding")
March 2, 1998 |
An electric boogie band mixing ambient, airy atmospherics with earthy gospel and country blues? A British group fronted by an "evangelist" calling himself the Very Rev. Dr. D. Wayne Love of the First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine? These are the distinguishing characteristics of A3, which brought its unusual dance club rave meets back-porch blues to Frequency at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Friday.
November 20, 2000 |
With eight musicians sporting pseudonyms and an array of Western wear, spiffy suits, shades and hats, British techno-blues act A3 looked like punk gangsters holding a revival meeting at the Roxy on Saturday. The presentation was almost campy, especially because the band kicked off with its most recognizable number, the electro-funky "Woke Up This Morning," a.k.a. the theme for HBO's Mafia drama "The Sopranos." Still, singer Rob Spragg (a.k.a.
March 30, 1987 |
One day recently, Larry Love pointed to a box of numbers in his tip sheet, Lotto Edge, and said in a voice that was three-fourths conviction and one-fourth hope, "These numbers just haven't been hitting. They have to start coming up." Two days later, Love was ecstatic. Five of the six numbers drawn that week in the state's Lotto 6/49 game, and the bonus number as well, had appeared on his "25 Most Probable" list. Frank Markovic was not impressed. In fact, he said Larry Love is misleading people.
December 8, 1992 |
A series of programming problems brought on by the introduction of keno has forced the delay of payments to big winners of all California Lottery computer games and caused terminals to reject some winning tickets, lottery officials said Monday. They said some of the problems stem from a programming error that showed up Nov. 17 and initially required a 10-hour shutdown of ticket sales for keno, a fast-action game of chance that was made popular in the Nevada casinos.