January 8, 2014 |
Hulu unveiled its programming lineup for 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the new year will include a chance to watch the original Scandanavian version of "The Bridge" along with original production "Deadbeat" and new seasons of several returning shows. "The Bridge" was adapted for American audiences on FX last year, but the original BAFTA-nominated series took place on the border between Sweden and Denmark and used a murder investigation as a way to explore the societal problems in those two frigid countries.
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January 1, 2014 |
For Ian Barbour, the deadly possibilities of the Atomic Age raised questions that science couldn't answer - a perplexing situation for a young physicist after World War II. He responded to the challenge in an unusual way: After completing his doctorate in physics he enrolled in divinity school and forged a career devoted to bridging the chasm between science and religion. Barbour, whose work opened a new academic field and brought him the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion died at a hospital in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve, five days after a stroke, said his son, John Barbour.
December 23, 2013 |
Whether you're looking for a gift for an aspiring fashionista or a treat for yourself, a couple of books published this fall might fill the bill. In " Rock in Fashion ," menswear designer John Varvatos breaks down the elements of rock 'n' roll style that have inspired him since his youth in Detroit in the 1960s and '70s, looks including Robert Plant's "way too small" girls' blouses, Elvis Costello's shades and Bob Dylan's scarves. More than a fashion book, it is a rich catalog of men's style with more than 250 photographs of rock gods, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon.
December 17, 2013 |
Like so many people, I had grown to take King Taco for granted, as a stop on an Eastside taco tour that also included the tacos arabes at Elvirita's, the chicken neck tacos at Santa Rita, the carnitas tacos at Antojitos Denise's, and the crunchy shrimp tacos at Mariscos Jalisco. And after a while, as more and more tacos started to crowd onto the itinerary, I began to leave King Taco alone. King Taco may have been what jump-started the craze for tacos al pastor in Los Angeles, and its emergence in the late 1960s may have marked the point where the local taco culture began to move from the Mexican-American hard-shell taco toward the Central Mexican insistence on fresh tortillas, grilled meats and incendiary salsas.
December 14, 2013 |
The origin of pro team nicknames ranges from local tradition to fan contests. Here's a snapshot of how the teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NHL got their names, with help from the website Mentalfloss.com: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSN. Atlanta Hawks - Initially named the Blackhawks like Chicago's hockey team, after the Sauk Indian Chief Black Hawk. It was shortened to Hawks when the team moved to Milwaukee in 1951; the team moved to St. Louis in 1955 and Atlanta in 1968.
December 12, 2013 |
One of the all-time top-grossing films at the South Korean box office, "Friend" played at the AFI Fest in 2001 but never saw a stateside theatrical release. Writer-director Kwak Kyung-taek's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story - set against the Busan underworld - resonated with an entire generation of South Koreans, but much of its appeal eluded audiences abroad who weren't privy to that collective memory. Nevertheless, its sequel, "Friend 2: The Legacy," arrives in a dozen American theaters 12 years later, perhaps as a testament to the thriving ethnic enclaves across the nation.
December 12, 2013 |
Lurking among the movie and television stars receiving Golden Globes nominations Thursday morning are a handful of musical acts, including Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake (who, depending on the day, qualifies as a movie star as well). They're all up for the Golden Globe for best original song, a category that after years of cluelessness began to show signs of awareness in 2012 with nominations for Adele's lushly dramatic "Skyfall" and Swift's creepy goth-folk ditty from "The Hunger Games.
December 4, 2013 |
What kind of sick, twisted mind does it take to dream up a dark psychological thriller like "Prisoners"? Apparently, it doesn't. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , "Prisoners" screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski talked about his inspiration for the original screenplay - about a man who will stop at nothing to find his kidnapped daughter - as well as his surprisingly average childhood. "It was pretty normal," Guzikowski said of his upbringing. "My parents were fairly sweet people.
November 28, 2013 |
One hundred and fifty years ago, with the country still torn by civil war, President Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for all Americans to observe a common day "of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. " That's when Thanksgiving evolved from a holiday celebrated by states and the federal government on their own timetables into a national one held on the fourth Thursday of every November. We are far less divided as a country now than we were in Lincoln's day, but we're still split sharply, even bitterly, on some major issues.
November 28, 2013 |
Bruce Springsteen fans may think they know the lyrics of "Born to Run" backward and forward. The title track of Springsteen's 1975 album is not only one of Springsteen's most recognizable songs, but also arguably one of the defining moments of '70s rock. "At a time when rock 'n' roll had lost much of its heroic lure," the Los Angeles Times once wrote of the album, "Springsteen gave us reason to believe again in the music and ourselves -...