November 10, 2013 |
Veteran TV director Michael Pressman got a surprising response when he asked students in his film directing class to describe their dream jobs. “Your job,” he said they told him recently. “We want to be the director in charge of a TV series.” Pressman, who has directed episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” and many other series, was stunned. This class, at New York's New School, focused on film. But the students weren't “dreaming of Oscar,” said Pressman, who has also directed several movies, including a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” picture.
November 6, 2013 |
After years of fruitless negotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer? Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward an agreement that would put reliable limits on Iran's nuclear program - limits strong enough to reassure other countries that the mullahs cannot build a nuclear weapon. Officials on both sides say they are still a long way from a deal, but they also describe the talks as an important moment of opportunity.
October 28, 2013 |
USC receiver De'Von Flournoy has been in the USC program for a long time. So the fifth-year senior was ecstatic about his role in the Trojans' 19-3 victory over Utah last week. Flournoy caught two passes for 45 yards, including a play that went 31 yards because of his extra effort after an initial hit. “It's a tremendous feeling to be be part of a 'W' and actually contribute on the stat sheet,” Flournoy said. Flournoy could get more opportunities Friday night when USC plays at Oregon State.
October 23, 2013 |
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
October 21, 2013 |
Young people looking to escape their surroundings have been a thematic staple of issue-conscious filmmakers around the world since Fellini's seriocomic masterpiece "I Vitelloni. " Now Pakistani writer-directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi address their own country's significant population of twentysomethings itching to immigrate to the West in the feature "Zinda Bhaag," Pakistan's first submission for the foreign-language Oscar in half a century. Visions of international gold hang over the movie's trio of young, vibrant, lower-middle-class friends from bustling Lahore.
October 19, 2013 |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The fun stopped here. USC and interim Coach Ed Orgeron enjoyed a honeymoon of sorts after Lane Kiffin was fired, practicing and playing loose as they defeated Arizona and then prepared for Notre Dame. But on a chilly Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium there was mainly disappointment. Notre Dame defeated the Trojans, 14-10, ending USC's streak of five wins at the historic stadium. By the time the 85th meeting between the rivals was over, the Trojans were beat up and beaten down.
October 17, 2013 |
USC receiver Nelson Agholor broke out with a big performance last week against Arizona, which came as no surprise to Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly . Notre Dame recruited Agholor at Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep. "He's one of those guys that just runs all day," Kelly told reporters this week. "Plays fast every snap. " Agholor, a sophomore, caught seven passes for 161 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. He is expected to have a large role again Saturday when USC and Notre Dame play at Notre Dame Stadium in the 85th game between the rivals.
October 11, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- Zack Greinke was masterful Friday night, pitching the kind of October game that often turns stars into legends. He struck out a season-high 10 batters. He limited the St. Louis Cardinals to two runs and four hits over eight mostly-dominant innings. But the Dodgers lost. If the Dodgers fail to win the National League Championship Series, this 13-inning, 3-2, walk-off defeat in Game 1 will be remembered not for Greinke's performance, but the incompetence that was exhibited at Busch Stadium.
October 4, 2013 |
Let's say this right off the bat: Jane Fonda, in the opinion of this lowly journalist at least, is a perfectly fine choice for an AFI life achievement award. She's done remarkable film work going back a long way, whether in "On Golden Pond," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Klute," "Coming Home" or many others. She's a woman on a list that needs more women (only eight have been given the AFI honor in the award's 42-year history). And whether it's videos about exercise or getting conservatives exercised, Fonda has continually reinvented herself in ways that go well beyond the movies.
October 1, 2013 |
Two years ago, California overhauled its criminal justice system by shifting responsibility for many felons from the state government to the counties. There is no denying that the change was abrupt. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, also known as AB 109, on April 4, 2011, and followed up with a companion bill that fleshed out many of the funding details in June of that year. Counties then had just three months to prepare their jails, their law enforcement agencies and their probation departments to be ready for the Oct. 1 implementation date, after which defendants convicted of lower-level felonies were sent to jails instead of state prisons, and felons released from prison after serving sentences for lower-level crimes came under the supervision of county probation officers instead of state parole agents.