February 19, 2004 |
"Can Mel Gibson survive 'The Passion of the Christ?' " asks Entertainment Weekly. Oh, come now. Of course he can, and he will! Gibson has made a movie, not issued an encyclical, nor offered an edict, nor made a law -- no, it's just his version of the four Gospels of the New Testament (and perhaps a few persuasive ideas from other more conservative Catholic religious thinkers). This is not such a big deal. But this is a movie that will definitely make its money back.
December 21, 2002
IN his Dec. 17 article "The Monster in 'Max,' " a movie about Adolf Hitler, Patrick Goldstein quotes Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League as saying, "Why the need or desire to make this monster human? Why trivialize the judgment of history by focusing on his childhood and adolescence?" Much as Foxman may deny the fact, Hitler was a complex human being. The need to acknowledge that fact derives from the need to understand how a person could acquire power in a modern nation. To pretend that such an understanding is not worthwhile is dangerous.
June 14, 2012 |
Sony Pictures Television is upping its stake in Multi Screen Media, which operates television networks in India. Under the terms of the deal, Sony will pay $271 million to acquire the 32% of Multi Screen Media shares held by Grandway Global Holdings and Atlas Equifin. Upon completion of the deal, Sony will own about 94% of the company. "SPT has enjoyed great success with our channels in India and this acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to entertaining Indian audiences," said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000
Every silver lining has its cloud, and the resignation of South Orange County Community College District Trustee Steven J. Frogue, a seemingly felicitous if tardy event, casts its own dark one. The departure of Frogue, target of two noble, failed recall efforts, comes in advance of an election pointing to the future of a college board long controlled by Frogue's allies. These folks will appoint an interim board member, no doubt their candidate on the November ballot. For me, celebration of Frogue's resignation points to the moral and ethical failures of that board majority, which consistently supported Orange County's briefly famous flirt with fascism.
September 30, 1996 |
The empty mall store that was home to the seventh annual Robofest, held here earlier this month, looked like a cross between a high school science fair and a scene from a "Mad Max" movie. An entire wall was covered with a demented collage of animated junk. A robotic "centipede," which looked like a junkyard alligator, sat on the floor.
May 17, 1989 |
Bad time for a defection. Just at a juncture when the Americans were becoming blood brothers with the Soviets, and just as the Soviets were sitting down to smoke a peace pipe with the Chinese, the last thing the world needed was an international incident, particularly one instigated by some guy who makes his living playing ice hockey. Talk about your cold wars. We could understand a breaking of diplomatic relations between two superpowers over, oh, a spy who has been selling top-secret weapon blueprints, or over another of those FBI agents who gets romanced by a Moscow Mata Hari into turning over his top-secret bureau handbook.