December 10, 2013 |
"I think I started with drums," says Pharrell Williams. He launches into the strong, clean, distinctive beat to the "Despicable Me 2" song "Happy" with his hands slapping his lap, then vocally adds more and more percussion sounds: "You know what I mean?" Even without instruments, singing the word "music" for the rave-up organ line and tapping on his body in this nearly empty meeting room at the Four Seasons, he brings out the song's giddy dance-party feel: "'It might seem crazy, what I'm 'bout to say … music, music, music, music," he sings in a '60s croon somewhere between Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson, "Sunshine, she's here, you can take a break … music, music, music, music ….' "So that led the whole feeling for the track.
December 9, 2013 |
My father, actor Christopher Reeve, loved to travel, even after he was paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. During trips to places in the United States and abroad, he spoke with many people who, like him, had to find ways to navigate daily life while living with paralysis. These conversations only furthered his resolve that all people with disabilities should be able to lead healthy and productive lives, no matter where they live. Unlike many living with disabilities, however, my father was fortunate to have had the resources to be able to travel, and he always had access to the highest standard of care.
December 6, 2013 |
When Patrick Moote's girlfriend rejected his proposal on the Jumbotron at a UCLA basketball game, his mortification wasn't complete until later, in private, when she told him why: She wouldn't marry him because his penis was too small. So in "Unhung Hero," Patrick sets out to fix his problem, documenting the pumps, pills, exercises, accessories and procedures he's willing (and not willing) to endure to increase his penis size in full-on Morgan Spurlock mode. Director Brian Spitz's documentary travels the world asking the question, "Does size matter?"
December 3, 2013 |
“Fast & Furious 7” is in the grip of a production delay after the death of Paul Walker. There are several ways things could play out. In a best-case scenario for the Universal franchise, filmmakers figure out, in editing and writing, how to give Walker's Brian O'Conner both a meaty part and a graceful exit, and the movie becomes not only a summer hit but a touching tribute to its late actor, a la “Enough Said” and James Gandolfini....
November 29, 2013 |
The soundtrack of huffing and puffing filled the short hallway to the Kings dressing room Friday morning at the practice facility in El Segundo. No, this wasn't about working off extra helpings of Thanksgiving dinner. This was about two injured players trying to get back in condition as quickly as possible and feeling the pain after a tough session. Pass the oxygen tank, not the pie. You had to feel for winger Matt Frattin and stay-at-home defenseman Matt Greene when they were put through a punishing skate lasting about 45 minutes after teammates finished their regularly scheduled practice.
November 27, 2013 |
Rankman extends deepest Thanksgiving apologies to Florida, Michigan, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Arkansas and North Carolina, who did not make the top 25 and therefore could not defend themselves against this onslaught of rivalry jokes. The advice is simple: Get better and don't lose to Georgia Southern or Eastern Washington. We're also sorry that rapacious expansion has deprived us a Missouri jab at Kansas and a Texas A&M comment about Texas. 1; Alabama 11-0; What do you get when you drive quickly through the Auburn campus?
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November 21, 2013 |
A growing minority of Americans believes that doctors should do anything possible to save a life, no matter what, instead of saying there are some situations in which a patient should be allowed to pass away, the Pew Research Center found in a survey of nearly 2,000 adults. In addition, an increasing number of people say that even if they were suffering an incurable disease and were in severe pain, they would not ask their doctors to halt treatment. The surge in such attitudes surprises bioethicists who want physicians and families to carefully weigh aggressive medical treatments for patients near death.
November 19, 2013 |
When we first wrote about the transformation of York Boulevard in Highland Park almost two years ago, one of the finds was affordable pottery by L.A. artist Lily King sold by the interior design studio and shop Matters of Space. This holiday season, the ceramist and the store have collaborated on a new collection of macramé plant hangers, our latest pick in our Handmade Holidays gift guide. The muted hues of King's ceramics play nicely with the cotton and silk knotted hangers, which are reminiscent of the jewelry that Matters of Space has sold on Fab and through Nordstrom.
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November 19, 2013 |
Any time you're dealing with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whether you're trying to understand your bill or figure out how the place is run, it can be a bit of an Alice in Wonderland experience. Take Tuesday, for instance. That was the day we were finally supposed to hear what happened to roughly $40 million in ratepayer money that was given to two mysterious nonprofits over the last 10 years. As my colleague Jack Dolan reported two months ago, it isn't clear what the Joint Safety Institute and Joint Training Institute have done with that money, let alone why they exist.