August 5, 2013 |
On Sunday night, when Scottish-born actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be taking over the magic screwdriver to portray Doctor Who in the cultishly popular BBC sci-fi series of the same name, many American fans greeted the news with some confusion. Doctor who ? Replacing Matt Smith, the on-call Doctor since 2009, Capaldi arrives as the oldest actor to portray the Time Lord since William Hartnell first embodied Doctor Who on British TV in 1963. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Moviegoing audiences may have most recently caught Capaldi, 55, portraying a medical professional with a different relationship to the Hippocratic oath -- an actual doctor for the WHO -- a World Health Organization medic in the Brad Pitt zombie thriller “World War Z.” And American audiences will have further chance to acquaint themselves with the Scottsman's on-screen mien through his high profile supporting roles in such films as the Wikileaks biopic “The Fifth Estate” and the Angelina Jolie fairy tale fantasy “Maleficent.” But Capaldi -- who won a 1995 Academy Award for live action short for “Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life,” which he directed - - casts a long shadow in British film.
August 4, 2013 |
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
August 2, 2013 |
Picture this: Two surfers are bobbing on their boards at a remote surf spot north of Santa Barbara. They drift into a dreamy discussion and the question arises, "Wouldn't it be great if we could get paid to do this?" That question, in various forms, pops up frequently among surfers waiting out long lulls, whether they are work-shirking stoners or hard-charging professionals. In this instance, it was a pair of PhDs, playing hooky from their teaching jobs at UC Santa Barbara. In their pursuit "to combine our lifestyle with our profession," historians Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul initially coaxed the deans at UC Santa Barbara into permitting them to teach a history of surfing class.
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July 31, 2013
Berthold Beitz Industrialist honored for saving Jews during WWII Berthold Beitz, 99, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of postwar West Germany's leading industrialists, died Tuesday. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, where he was the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, announced his death but gave no further details. Beitz and his wife, Else, were honored by Germany's main Jewish group in 2000 for saving hundreds of Jewish workers at an oil field he managed in occupied Poland from deportation to Nazi death camps.
July 29, 2013 |
It's not often that a high-profile critic publicly issues a mea culpa and reverses an opinion. But that's what happened last week when Peter Schjeldahl, the longtime art critic of the New Yorker magazine, backtracked on his stance on the Detroit Institute of Arts. Schjeldahl incited the ire of much of the art world when he wrote a blog post supporting the selling of art work from the museum to help solve the city of Detroit's serious financial woes. "I demur from the hysterical piety, among many of my fellow art folk, that regularly greets news of museum deaccessions," Schjeldahl wrote Wednesday.
July 25, 2013 |
Cal State Fullerton has received a commitment from 6-foot-6 outfielder D.J. Peters of Glendora. He batted .403 as a junior last season. Eric.email@example.com
July 18, 2013 |
X-rays taken this week showed that the broken bone in Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a setback that will delay the return of the center fielder by one or two more weeks. Bourjos, injured when he was hit by a pitch June 29, hoped to be back by the end of July, but he has been able to only throw and run; he hasn't picked up a bat. "It's better than it was, but it's still sore," Bourjos said Thursday. "The doctor looked at the X-rays and didn't see a whole lot of healing.
July 18, 2013 |
X-rays taken earlier this week showed that the broken bone just below Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a minor setback that will delay the return of the Angels center fielder by another week or two. Bourjos, hurt when he was hit by a pitch in Houston on June 29, hoped to resume full baseball activities within two or three weeks of the injury and return by the end of July, but he has only been able to throw and run; he hasn't picked...
July 18, 2013 |
Cathy Rigby, the former Olympic gymnast turned stage actress, is being sued for millions of dollars by a composer who claims that he hasn't been properly paid for his work on a production of "Peter Pan" that her company presented at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in 2004 and on a national tour. Composer Craig Barna is claiming that McCoy Rigby Entertainment has breached its contract with him and has continued using music he created and orchestrated for the show without properly compensating him, according to court papers obtained by The Times.
July 17, 2013 |
"I'm 56 years old, I don't want to be a dinosaur. " So said Peter King, the dean of NFL beat writers and Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback columnist who on Monday will launch TheMMQB.com, an online platform devoted to all things football. "Over the years, I've seen a lot of people resist new media and new ways of telling stories," King said. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll While King will continue to have a presence in Sports Illustrated, most of his work will now appear exclusively on TheMMQB.com.