January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah--Carol Solomon's voice-over career isn't exactly blossoming. Carol is the central character of Lake Bell's Sundance movie “In a World…,” and at the start of the film, she's getting by on odd jobs. Carol (Bell) is coaching Eva Longoria on her pronunciation so she sounds less like a “retarded pirate,” and hoping she can score work doing commercials for Sunny Delight. But work problems aren't Carol's only worries. Carol is being kicked out of her house by her father, Sam (Fred Melamed)
January 12, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. -- The collective primal scream that burst through UCLA's locker room door said a lot Saturday. The way Coach Ben Howland barreled through his postgame opening statement said more. Howland was giddy. Yes, giddy. "He's happy," forward Travis Wear said. "We all are. We're where we want to be. " That would be heading home, after four days in the mountains that was anything but a trip down the bunny slopes. The Bruins couldn't exhale until a three-point shot by Askia Booker clanged off the rim, preserving a 78-75 victory.
January 11, 2013 |
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See A Novel Juliann Garey Soho Press: 30 pp, $25 Gird yourself: Greyson Todd, the narrator of Juliann Garey's "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See," is a bipolar studio executive, and sharing his head space can be a fascinating, grueling trip down the path of mental illness. Greyson shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.
December 13, 2012
WASHINGTON -- No need to dive for the mute button today: A new federal law aimed at lowering the volume of TV commercials goes into effect. "This is clearly not the biggest thing happening in Washington. But it is one less nuisance," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a sponsor of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation, or CALM, Act, said at a Capitol Hill gathering to celebrate the law's implementation. Under the rule, commercials should have the same average volume as the programs they accompany.
October 31, 2012 |
I didn't plan to set up our annual Day of the Dead altar this year - too much work, I thought. That is, until my daughter called me on it. When I arranged a few pumpkins near the front door, she asked expectantly, "When will you put up the dead relatives?" Perhaps "putting up dead relatives" sounds a bit morbid. Perhaps the dancing calacas and catarinas (male and female skeletons, smiling and dressed up in their best outfits) that are a prerequisite for the holiday give the afterlife an unaccustomed vibrancy.
October 23, 2012 |
Industrial whaling appears to have had an unexpected consequence: It turned down the volume in the oceans, according to research presented this week at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Kansas City, Mo. The effect of man-made sound underwater, from speedboats to submarine sonar, is a topic of great concern for marine researchers. That's because many worry that the sounds we have injected into the underwater environment may be disrupting animals' acoustical landscape.
September 11, 2012 |
A new federal law intended to keep TV commercials from bursting your eardrums won't take effect until Dec. 13. But the cable industry already is trying to water it down. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act, requires that TV commercials be no louder than the programs they accompany. It's up to the Federal Communications Commission to set and enforce the new rules. The broadcasting industry has long maintained that it doesn't really jack up the volume when ads come on, arguing that it only seems as if the decibel level has soared because certain attention-getting sounds are being used.
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September 10, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Todd Vance - Iraq combat veteran, bar bouncer, and social-work major at a local university - is lecturing two dozen of his fellow veterans on the techniques and joys of the chokehold. "You want the blade of your forearm on their windpipe or carotid artery," Vance says in a commanding voice. "Push your opponent into the fence.…Let's have some fun with this drill!" It's Saturday morning in North Park, and the veterans have come to a steamy, noisy gym for Vance's mixed martial arts class.
August 5, 2012 |
Thrill-seeking one-percenters become mercenary underdogs in "Soldiers of Fortune," a loud, cynical whiz-bang-boom dud that barely serves as an appetizer for the type of grizzled-geriatrics mayhem we can expect from the upcoming "The Expendables 2. " Christian Slater plays a recently retired, down-on-his-luck special forces soldier recruited by an "extreme vacation" company to give wealthy adventurers makeshift special-ops training, only it's really...
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON - Rifle shooting has never been the rowdiest of sports. Competitors stand absolutely silent, focused on the target, squeezing off one shot after another. The crowds - a relative term - watch intently and respectfully. But the 10-meter air rifle competition at the 2012 London Olympics had a different sort of feel on Saturday, the action punctuated by frequent bursts of applause. British shooter Jennifer McIntosh was taken aback - until she realized that all the clapping was for her, the hometown crowd showing their support after every good shot.