February 24, 2013 |
A party photographer apparently snapped some evidence in Las Vegas' recent homicide case -- a photo of the lead suspect near the scene of the crime wearing a T-shirt that featured a gun. A shooting on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning that resulted in a traffic collision left three dead, triggering a manhunt for the shooting suspect, 26-year-old Ammar Harris, also known as Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. The shooting was thought to have begun after an argument in front of the Aria hotel valet stand sometime after 4 a.m. Valerie Darling, who works for a limousine company that often posts cars at the Aria, previously told the Los Angeles Times that the men involved had been inside the Aria's nightclub, called Haze.
February 23, 2013 |
The third victim killed in the wild attack on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning was a Seattle-area businesswoman on her way to the airport. Sandi Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., was identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office on Friday night as the passenger in a taxi that burst into flames, killing her and the driver, Michael Boldon, 62. The cause of their deaths was listed as multiple blunt-force injuries. The cab had been struck by a Maserati that lost control after being struck by bullets fired from a Range Rover on the Strip, police said.
January 25, 2013 |
One of the more prolific butt-kickers in recent years, Jason Statham has carved out a nice niche playing the antihero with a heart of gold. His characters may break the law from time to time, but they ultimately do the right thing, stop the bad guy, save the girl, crack a few jokes and look sharp doing it. Statham's title role in the new crime thriller "Parker" (based on the Donald E. Westlake novel "Flashfire") finds the action hero up to his usual tricks, this time as a principled thief seeking revenge on his double-crossing crew.
November 20, 2012 |
Would that all indie films translated to the stage as well as “86'd” at Theatre 68. Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster's dark comedy about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner weathers some blips in tone and casting to hold us in uncomfortably laughing thrall. Based on the 1996 direct-to-video “Just Your Luck,” written by Todd Alcott and Gary Auerbach , “86'd” occupies an archetypal lower Manhattan greasy spoon, superbly designed by Danny Cistone . At rise, veteran cop Carl (Ed Dyer)
October 11, 2012 |
It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action. French import "Special Forces" whips up a lot of the same swirling camerawork, macho theatrics and fast-cutting mayhem we expect from testosterone-fueled Hollywood as it tells the tale of a tight-knit band of Gallic soldiers - led by a stoic Djimon Hounsou - tasked with rescuing a war correspondent (Diane Kruger) from Taliban captivity in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Writer/producer/director Stephane Rybojad likes his Islamic fundamentalists childishly ruthless, his Afghani victims helpless and his first-person-shooter heroes full of spit, vinegar and martyr-laced bravado.
September 19, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria - The elderly woman, covered in a long black gown and matching headdress, was despondent. Tears of anguish flooded her eyes. She stood at the entrance to the cobblestone streets of the Old City, pleading with the rebel fighter. "Why can't you get the bakeries running?" she implored, saying she had spent four hours seeking fresh bread for her family. "We are not accustomed to living like this. " At the receiving end of her exhortations was a strapping 27-year-old country boy with a white T-shirt, sandals and a rifle who called himself Abu Mohammed.
August 16, 2012 |
Mixing awkward dating humor, starry-eyed sentiment and James Bond-ian set pieces, "Ek Tha Tiger" is a relentlessly superficial - nigh, ridiculous - entertainment, but manages to protect its story twists the old-fashioned way, through star power, picturesque locations (Ireland, Cuba, Turkey) and pleasurably choreographed action. The lavishly produced Bollywood action love story starts from an admittedly unusual point in the spy-vanquisher genre: career fatigue and romantic longing.
August 8, 2012 |
Sixteen different golfers have won the last 16 major championships — it's the longest, and most diverse list of major winners in the sport since the 1940s — and Tiger Woods isn't anywhere in this group photo. Padraig Harrington is the last player to double up in a major, winning the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship, but since then it has been a new name every time. This group of 16 includes winners from five continents and seven countries, with a dozen players claiming their first major in this span.
August 3, 2012 |
Set in contemporary South Korea, director Park Jung-woo's "Deranged" centers on an outbreak of parasitic worms that begin to invade humans. The creatures first trigger in their hosts an extreme increase in appetite, then thirst; then the victims drown themselves. Before long, the government discovers that a single pharmaceutical company has an antidote to the infestation but seems to be holding the health of the nation hostage. More like the recent international virus movie"Contagion" than the Korean monster hit "The Host," "Deranged" is sharply interested in process, how things happen and why. A low-level pharmaceutical salesman (Kim Myung-min)
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May 22, 2012 |
Two men charged in state court in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow will each face federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said Tuesday. Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez were arrested last year and charged with felony assault and mayhem in the attack on Stow in one of the parking lots at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. The U.S. attorney's office added the weapons charges in a 14-page indictment. If convicted of the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, each man faces up to 10 years in federal prison.