March 3, 2014 |
"The Lady in Number 6," which on Sunday won the Academy Award for documentary short subject, tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the centenarian Holocaust survivor whose devotion to classical piano helped her survive a Nazi concentration camp. Herz-Sommer, who died just one week before the Oscar ceremony at the age of 110, performed concerts at the Terezin death camp and continued to play the piano the rest of her life despite health problems that made her unable to move some of her fingers. In an interview, director Malcolm Clarke said that he was introduced to Herz-Sommer through pianist Caroline Stoessinger, who had written a book about her. The crew shot the documentary over a week-long period in Herz-Sommer's modest London apartment. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 "I initially resisted largely because I had made a documentary film, 'Prisoner of Paradise,' on the Holocaust," said Clarke. "That film had taken two years to make and it was very rough to work on. I didn't want to put myself through that kind of draining psychological experience again.
March 2, 2014 |
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," directed by Malcolm Clarke, won the Oscar for documentary short on Sunday. The documentary follows Alice Herz-Sommer, the pianist and oldest known Holocaust survivor who was 109 years old at the time of filming. When she was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp with her 6-year-old son, music is what saved her life and sanity. She performed more than 100 concerts inside the concentration camp. Herz-Sommer died one week ago . Clarke's previous Academy Award nominations include the documentary feature "Prisoner of Paradise" in 2002 and the documentary short "You Don't Have to Die," which won the Oscar in 1988.
March 2, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels might be all about Mike Trout this and Mike Trout that, but Albert Pujols scoffed at the suggestion that he might be motivated by all that Trout has accomplished. "I don't need to compare with anybody, buddy," Pujols said Sunday. "Just look at my numbers. My job is to stay healthy and go out there and play. I don't need anybody to motivate me to play this game. " The Angels plan to bat Trout second and Pujols third, the keys to an offense that could be formidable if Pujols resembles his St. Louis self.
February 27, 2014 |
As the Hawaii Legislature weighs bills that would make sweeping changes to the state's Obamacare program, the interim director of Hawaii's healthcare exchange on Wednesday laid out a grim financial picture facing the agency. With anemic enrollment by individuals and little interest among small-business employers, the state's nonprofit exchange -- known as the Hawaii Health Connector -- is unlikely to have enough money to pay its bills , even under the best of circumstances, when federal grant money dries up in 2015.
February 24, 2014 |
The math is fairly simple for the Kings coming out of the NHL's three-week Olympic break. Beginning with Wednesday's game in Colorado, they will close the regular season with 23 games in 46 days. Win more than half of them, and they'll finish with at least 92 points, a total that has guaranteed a playoff berth in four of the last five full seasons. Anything less and the odds drop dramatically. "It's the stretch run. It's playoff-type hockey now," forward Justin Williams said after Monday's 75-minute morning practice.
February 22, 2014 |
For two decades I worked a desk at ICM as an agent, championing talented artists and their film projects, including big ones like the "Austin Powers" and "Bourne Identity" franchises. A huge turning point for me came three years ago; my father and mother got very ill, and the meaning of life changed for me. I decided to leave the desk job and became a producer. During my first year, it felt like a bungee jump, huge elation at freedom and the sudden jolt as the rope hit bottom and then bounced back and forth.
February 22, 2014 |
For more than two decades, the mile-long stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood known as Theatre Row has served as home to the city's densest plot of live theaters, drawing audiences to a diverse array of stages run by scrappy companies. On busy nights, spectators can see works by new playwrights, revisit classic dramas or take in comedy shows. Weeknights often find the area filled with students attending acting classes and auditions. But in the last several months, an array of challenges has mounted, and many observers believe Theatre Row's existence - and the cultural viability of the larger neighborhood - is threatened.
February 21, 2014 |
Now, how to get to 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day? Experts advise sprinkling activity throughout the day. So here's just one strategy: 1. Strap on the fitness tracker immediately after waking. 2. Make it a point to look at your fitness tracker every hour on the hour, beginning one hour after you awake. 3. Aim to get 800 to 1,000 steps in by the start of every new hour. (That might not happen, but the goal will help you scout opportunities to fit in steps.) 4. If necessary, play "catch up" by getting in a few hundred steps before work, at lunch, after work and when you get home.
February 21, 2014 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have a history of playing intense, tough, hard-nosed basketball games, during both the regular season and playoffs. That was the case again Friday night, the teams playing down to the wire and the Clippers coming up short in a 102-96 loss to the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. To make matters worse for the Clippers, All-Star guard point Chris Paul suffered a sprained right thumb late in the fourth quarter while trying to get a rebound against Marc Gasol.
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February 19, 2014 |
The winning Powerball numbers were announced Wednesday night, heightening speculation regarding whether anyone struck it rich in the $400-million multistate jackpot. The winning numbers are 17, 49, 54, 35 and 1, and the Powerball was 34, according to the Multi-State Lottery Assn . If no one wins tonight's mega drawing, the money will rollover and the jackpot could soar to $500 million, lottery officials say. The drawing took place at 7:59 p.m. Pacific time. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night.