December 12, 2013 |
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
August 1, 2013 |
Fox's new drama "Sleepy Hollow" is a mix of horror, humor, detective story and love story that producers hope viewers get their head around. "Our mission is fun, to be fun and entertaining," said Len Wiseman, a co-creator and executive producer of the show. "We really want to find the right balance of horror and fun. " The drama is a modern twist on the Washington Irving classic about the infamous Headless Horseman who terrorizes Sleepy Hollow. Its high-powered creative base includes co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")
October 17, 2012 |
Robin Sloan's debut novel, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25), follows Clay Jannon after he lands a job working the night shift at the bookstore of the title. Clay quickly learns just how peculiar and curious Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is: Not only does the store see just a few customers, but they come in at strange hours of the night and check out obscure volumes from the darkest corners of the store. Embarking on a quest to figure out exactly what is going on, Clay uses his friends and modern technology to get some answers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 |
A multistory centerpiece of the modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport would block the direct view of air traffic controllers for a busy portion of the complex, including gates, aircraft ramps and taxiways, officials acknowledge. According to the Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic controllers, the blind spots would be created by the $1.5-billion remodeling of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project would dominate the west end of the terminal area and have a roof line ranging from five to nine stories high.
March 30, 2006 |
FOOTBALL coach Bobby Bowden, who holds the NCAA record for consecutive bowl victories, once said, "You ain't gonna get to the top unless you've got a little poise." And a little style too. Early in the 20th century, most of the outfits worn by professional and amateur athletes were so cumbersome that poise, style and a winning game were often hard to deliver. Fortunately for participants and spectators, commerce, technology, training methods and the rules of society changed over the decades, greatly affecting sports clothing.
December 5, 2005 |
C.S. LEWIS, bookish and scholarly man that he was, rarely went to the movies. An evening of Wagnerian opera was more to his taste. But he could occasionally be tempted -- especially if it was a Disney film. In January of 1939, for instance, before the new term drew him back to his duties as a tutor at Oxford University, he managed to catch the then relatively new movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." A few days later, he wrote to a friend about it.