November 13, 2013 |
The constant clash of the Lance Armstrong mythology versus medal-stripped reality gives a surreal quality to Alex Gibney's clear-eyed documentary "The Armstrong Lie. " It's all fascinating watching, starting with exceptional race footage that captures the exhilaration of the superstar cyclist's sweat-drenched Tour de France wins. The career-shattering moment with Oprah earlier this year is there too, with Armstrong's admission, finally, that he used performance-enhancing - and banned - drugs; that every single one of his legendary seven consecutive Tour wins was tainted.
November 11, 2013 |
President Obama apologized last week to people whose health insurance was canceled despite his repeated assurances that if you like your policy, it won't change. The charitable way of putting it is that Obama oversold details of the healthcare-reform law in his speeches. His critics say he flat-out lied. This wouldn't even be an issue if Obama had qualified his remarks simply by adding that you'd be able to keep your insurance as long as it meets minimum standards for coverage, which is a big part of what Obamacare is all about.
November 7, 2013 |
"The Armstrong Lie" is about as angry and confrontational as documentary titles get, but filmmaker Alex Gibney has good reason to feel aggrieved. One of the top documentarians working today, with films such as "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side" to his credit, Gibney was finishing a Lance Armstrong film with a very different, more upbeat title, "The Road Back," when the evidence became indisputable that the cyclist had used performance-enhancing drugs.
November 6, 2013 |
Hollywood's love for sequels knows few limits, yet rare is the instance when a studio turns out a follow-up to a movie that was never released. That's the case with the new documentary "The Armstrong Lie," which is a spinoff from an earlier Lance Armstrong movie called "The Road Back. " Sony Pictures was poised to release "The Road Back," but just as director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") was completing it in 2011 came fresh - and persuasive - evidence that the famed cyclist had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times thanks to performance-enhancing drugs. So Gibney and producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall discarded "The Road Back," which was almost as much hagiography as biography, and remade the documentary as "The Armstrong Lie. " PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The film, which opens Friday in Los Angeles, is a far tougher chronicle of Armstrong's deceitful (and often vindictive)
November 3, 2013 |
Truth is overrated. Most of the time, it's boring. "The wind blew. " So what? "It blew so hard I saw a chicken lay the same egg twice. " Really? Sometimes telling the truth is necessary, but most of the time the plain truth is just that: plain. It is better to lie. I was reminded of this the other day when I came upon an obituary, published nearly two years ago, for someone I admired. His name was Jim Cook. He worked at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, where I landed my first newspaper job. Jim was a gentlemanly, painstaking reporter who wrote with the grace of a slumming angel.
November 2, 2013 |
For most of the years since 1933, UCLA baseball players have peered into the stands at their home field and smiled at their usual assortment of fans. Moms, dads and girlfriends for sure. But many times, they also nod to disheveled retired Marines, ex-Navy officers with oak-leaf "scrambled eggs" on their caps and proud veterans still wearing camouflage. "When I was there in the '60s, watching us was an outlet for veterans," former Bruins first baseman Rick Ganulin recalled.
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November 1, 2013 |
Santa Ana police are seeking the public's help in identifying a young child who was found in the road lying next to a woman who they believe may have been pushed out of a truck Thursday night. The unidentified woman, described as a Latina between 20 and 30 years old, died from her injuries at a local hospital. The baby girl, believed to be 10 months to 1½ years old, remains in stable condition. The Santa Ana Police Department identified the woman as the child's mother. Officers responded at about 8 p.m. to the 1600 block of West Edinger Avenue, where they reported finding the woman with major injuries and a young girl in the roadway.
October 29, 2013 |
"All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it.... I'm infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told this newspaper, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare. And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president. The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations")
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October 17, 2013 |
Prosecutors announced Thursday that two San Bernardino city councilmen have been charged in separate criminal cases, with one of them admitting his guilt, resigning his post and ending his bid for mayor weeks before election day. Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to a perjury charge for lying on campaign finance documents, forcing him to resign the seat he had held since 2003. Robert Jenkins faces 18 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts related to identity theft and stalking. Prosecutors allege that he targeted a former partner.
October 16, 2013 |
Pressure continued to gather against a northwestern Missouri prosecutor after top state officials called for the state attorney general to intervene and for a grand jury to investigate the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in the small town of Maryville. And in separate interviews with the Los Angeles Times, the girl's mother and the county sheriff disagreed with each other on basic facts about the handling of the case, while the county prosecutor declined to discuss his part in the investigation.