February 8, 2007
Re "The sudden descent of a shuttle astronaut," Feb. 7 Even the most glamorous agency the world has ever seen has its blemishes. A celebrated space traveler has fallen from the stars to the point of possibly serving time for a human behavior that's anathema to the status and stigma we place on astronauts. They're just as frail and as human as the rest of us, and, it seems, just as nuts as every one of us. JOHN C. WEAVER Palmdale I was astonished to see the front-page photo and article about astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak.
December 24, 2009
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel " To save the school music program, the Chipmunks square off in a battle of the bands against the Chipettes. "Creation" A look at Charles Darwin's family life and his love for his deeply religious wife. "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Christopher Plummer's traveling magician tries to renege on a deal with the devil in director Terry Gilliam's latest. "It's Complicated" Meryl Streep stars as a divorced mother caught up in a love triangle when she renews a romance with her ex. "Police, Adjective" A police officer on a surveillance mission has a crisis of faith.
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January 19, 2012 |
New technology or DNA evidence often helps crack decades-old slaying cases, but in the case of 58-year-old Archie McFarland, years of inconsistent testimony finally sealed the fate of his killer. "The passage of time played to this case's advantage," Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. "Lies are hard to remember. The truth never changes. " On Wednesday, more than 25 years after McFarland was stabbed to death outside his Torrance home, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold sentenced Janos Kulcsar, now 60, to 26 years to life in prison.
January 25, 1991 |
The idea of an August Strindberg Society of Los Angeles is better than its reality. The group's staging of Strindberg's seldom-seen one-act, "Playing With Fire," at 2nd Stage, tries to maintain the playwright's intended comic lightness, but simply hasn't the actors to stoke the fire beneath. As with "The Stronger" and several lesser works, "Playing With Fire" depicts a love triangle in which the dominant players aren't at all obvious, with each in a prison of their own making.
March 15, 2013 |
Love is a disease and scientists have perfected a cure: a brain procedure that rids humans of emotion. Lena Haloway, nearly 18, can't wait to be cured in "Delirium," the first book in Lauren Oliver's dystopian trilogy. She looks forward to a peaceful, pain-free adulthood, when her career, husband and number of children will be chosen for her by the government. The trilogy begins as a page-turning parable about choosing to embrace the terrifying world of being an adult. The contrast between being safe from pain and embracing the difficult but rewarding world of adult experience - love, fear, hate, sadness, joy - is one that Oliver continues to explore in the second two books of the series, "Pandemonium," released last year, and the newly published final volume, "Requiem.
October 5, 2012 |
Today's episode of "When Will Chris Brown Just Go Away?" features what appears to be a rather tipsy Brown declaring his love for two women. "I'm not try to be a player," he says while being driven around in the back of a car. "I'm not a dog. I'm not none of that. " Brown, a pop star turned full-time provocateur, is still on probation from his 2009 assault of Rihanna. Today's bid for attention was tweeted by Brown, and given the title, "The real Chris Brown. " It appears to be filmed off-the-cuff, but inter-spliced among Brown's thoughts on romance are clips of him on tour and shots of Brown drinking champagne straight from the bottle.
March 4, 2012 |
Embrace A Novel Jessica Shirvington Sourcebooks Fire: 400 pp., $16.99, ages 12 and up If angels are the new vampires, then "Embrace" is a worthy follow-up to "The Twilight Saga. " The kickoff to a new young adult series from debut author Jessica Shirvington has many of the same strengths - and flaws - as the Stephenie Meyer blockbuster with a heroine who doesn't understand her own strengths and becomes entangled in a complicated, steamy, love triangle. "Embrace" opens on the eve of Violet's 17th birthday - a bittersweet occasion that overlaps with the anniversary of her mother's death.
January 10, 2014 |
Unspooled in the January dumping ground and not screened for critics, Renny Harlin's "The Legend of Hercules" has preemptively conceded defeat in its duel with Brett Ratner's "Hercules," the other Hollywood project based on the same Greek hero due this year. One of the best-known figures in Greek mythology, Hercules has yet to receive serious cinematic regard. Besides serving as a bit player in films such as "Immortals" and "Jason and the Argonauts," Hercules has been the subject of one wisecracking animated musical from Disney and numerous live-action features straight out of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" canon.