April 22, 2014 |
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who died Sunday at age 76, represented one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in recent American history: He served 19 years in prison for three murders before his convictions were set aside. But the former middleweight boxer also figured prominently in a Hollywood drama, this one focused on how negative publicity can destroy an Academy Awards campaign and how studios in the years that followed mastered the art of heading off Oscar criticism before it was too late.
April 21, 2014 |
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. Best known for producing stage-to-screen musicals such as "Hairspray," "The Music Man" and "Annie," the New York-born L.A.-based duo steered the Oscars to solid ratings in the past two years. Last month's Oscars ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, drew 43 million average viewers, the biggest audience in 10 years. That number was up about 6% from Zadan and Meron's 2013 show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
April 21, 2014 |
Kraft Foods Group Inc. is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because they may contain cheese, federal inspectors said. The recall, which amounts to nearly 1 million hot dogs, occurred after the Madison, Wis.,-based company labeled Classic Cheese Dogs incorrectly by distributing the product as the traditional cheese-free wiener. Cheese can act as an allergen because it contains milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Sunday.
April 15, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hours before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, she wrote him a Valentine's Day card with the words, “I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,” a court heard Tuesday. The envelope was addressed to “Ozzie” with hearts and a squiggle on it, and the card's message was accompanied by a smiley face, hearts and kisses. A photograph of the card was released by the athlete's legal team Tuesday, after Pistorius finished nearly seven days in the witness box, including five days of grueling cross-examination.
April 14, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model and girlfriend of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, had a sports bag packed with her clothes, ready to leave his house, the night he fatally shot her, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pretoria's high court Monday. The only items not yet packed were a pair of jeans and a pair of flip-flops. Pistorius, on trial for murder, denied there had been a quarrel and she was about to leave. Pistorius, who contends he shot at the enclosed toilet in which Steenkamp had locked herself because he believed an intruder was there, told the court he screamed at the imagined stranger to get out of his house.
April 12, 2014 |
- On a night when the toll of a lengthy boxing career was going to be tested in another multimillion-dollar world-title fight, the promise of a limitless future in the sport was also displayed. Oscar Valdez, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian from Nogales, Mexico, who trains in Santa Fe Springs, won his first belt, the North American Boxing Federation super-featherweight title, with a fourth-round knockout of Florida's Adrian Perez, 33, on Saturday. "Everything we practiced in the gym we showed in the ring today," Valdez (10-0, 10 knockouts)