March 5, 2014 |
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
September 7, 2013 |
- The state of war is also a state of mind, terrifying even the bravest as it changes and challenges them. This is what we are seeing reflected on movie screens. The stories of foot soldiers are shifting, becoming more intimate, more stripped to the bone, more concerned with the ripple effect of war's violence. At the Toronto Film Festival, war is the subject of several films. But three films in particular, two making their world premieres at the festival, provide insight into war's impact on its fighters.
January 23, 2010 |
If soccer were a game of checking boxes, Omar Gonzalez would be off to a flying start. Just look at his resume: In 2005, play for the U.S. at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru. Check. In 2007, play for the U.S. under-20s at the Pan-American Games in Brazil. Check. In 2008, win an NCAA championship with Maryland and pick up first-team All-American honors along the way. Check. In 2009, get selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft by the Galaxy and go on to win the MLS rookie-of-the-year award.
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October 4, 2010 |
More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami. State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services.
January 14, 1986 |
Donna Reed, who won an Oscar as a prostitute in "From Here to Eternity" but found her widest success as the ideal wife and mother on television's "The Donna Reed Show," died at her Beverly Hills home today from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 64. Her husband, retired Army Col. Grover Asmus, was at her side when she died, family spokesman Harry Flynn said. Miss Reed had been hospitalized several months ago for ulcers. She went into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Dec.
April 4, 2009 |
When Omar Sosa walked onstage at the Jazz Bakery on Thursday evening, magisterially dressed in head-to-toe white, he carried with him a candle in one hand and a small carved deity in the other. Then, seated before his piano, he began tapping out notes in tandem with percussionist John Santos' extraordinary melange of found and sampled sounds, including cymbals, chimes, a cellphone ring tone and a child's music box playing "Frere Jacques."