March 1, 2012 |
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has blocked the federal government's plan to require cigarette manufacturers to cover half of each package sold with a graphic health warning. In his ruling, issued late Wednesday, Leon said the government mandate amounted to an "impermissible expropriation of a company's advertising space for government advocacy. " That decision confirms a temporary stay issued by Leon in November - a move that signaled his view that a suit brought last August by several tobacco manufacturers against the Department of Health and Human Services would likely prevail.
June 1, 2012 |
A portrait of Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Anderson "The Spider" Silva, the documentary"Like Water"feels wildly incomplete, a let-down for fans and initiates to the sport alike. The film's title comes from a quote from the late martial arts master Bruce Lee, in which he explains how water takes on the properties of the container that holds it. Perhaps meant to explain Silva's mercurial nature, the brief glimpse of Lee only highlights how uncharismatic Silva is in comparison.
January 13, 2012 |
"Contraband," starring the rock-steady Mark Wahlberg, is about a high-risk, high-seas heist involving a supertanker that is so super complicated (implausible?) that in the wrong hands it would be laughable. Instead, this very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January. Based on the 2008 Icelandic thriller, "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," the filmmakers have turned up the heat — both literally and figuratively — shifting it from icy Nordic seas and alcohol trafficking, to set things in New Orleans with a Panama port of call and a few million counterfeit dollars on the horizon.
October 13, 1996
You must think there is a major breakthrough, or smoking gun, when you put an article at the top of the Business section ("BAT Exec Urged Firm to Admit Smoking-Disease Link," Oct. 8) about the discovery of a 1980 internal letter of the British American Tobacco Co. admitting there might be a link between tobacco and disease. So what's new? I invite you to look at any one of the millions of packs of cigarettes sold every day that display the warning that cigarettes might be hazardous to your health.
August 27, 1987 |
There's nothing like a tell-all book and the public's willingness to cheer on the underdog to put a rock icon solidly back on the comeback trail. It worked for Tina Turner, and judging by the enthusiastic response Mary Wilson drew from a full house at the Roxy on Tuesday, it's working for the former Supreme. Wilson's career probably should have collapsed the day Diana Ross left the Supremes, since Wilson's role within that popular '60s group was minimal by comparison.
August 23, 2012 |
Matthias Düwel packs loads of visual information into “Eden,” his L.A. solo debut at Martha Otero, which is itself packed with 24 oils, watercolors and drawings. Despite the sinuous ribbons of bright color writhing around in Düwel's modestly scaled paintings, none feels crowded. The same goes for his works on paper. In black-and-white or super-saturated color, they, too, leave viewers plenty of room to maneuver, sometimes swooping smoothly through open spaces and at others zipping every which way with stop-and-start suddenness, like a fly navigating a picnic.