April 14, 2014 |
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager! Much-loathed Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) succumbs to his untimely but well-deserved fate in Episode 32 (“The Lion and the Rose”) of HBO's epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Being the bastard spawn of Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Joffrey was never a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' But even if paternity tests were available in those days of yore, the corrupt Lannisters likely would have faked the results to strengthen their grip on the Seven Kingdoms.
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April 11, 2014 |
A Lawndale woman was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison in a murder-for-hire plot targeting a man who was dating her daughter, authorities said. Adelina Cristobal's intention to kill her daughter's boyfriend with the help of a friend, Antonio Quevedo, was uncovered by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives when an informant tipped off investigators. Authorities say Cristobal was offering to pay several thousand dollars for the slaying. In addition to prison time, Cristobal will also be under three years' supervised parole upon her release.
April 9, 2014 |
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" doesn't swing into U.S. theaters until May 2, but early reviews have begun trickling out as the superhero sequel readies its international rollout. So far, most film critics agree that director Marc Webb's second installment is somewhat overstuffed but benefits greatly from the sparks that fly between Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy). Variety's Guy Lodge says that although "Amazing Spider-Man 2" feels redundant, coming just five years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3," the movie "acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from the issue, while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more.
April 9, 2014 |
The FBI has arrested a Moroccan on suspicion of lying on immigration documents, which wouldn't necessarily be news, except that he also is suspected of plotting to blow up a school and a government building by attaching a Southern California-made bomb to a drone. The purported threat came to light this week in the affidavit of an FBI agent seeking to arrest 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti. On Monday, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered Fahti held without bail. He has not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
April 3, 2014 |
"In the Blood" casts mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Ava, who has overcome a particularly parlous upbringing to turn her life around and marry up the social ladder. While on their Dominican honeymoon, husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) vanishes, apparently in an elaborate abduction plot. When local police offer no help, Ava takes matters into her own hands. The self-defense chops she learned the hard way come in very handy, of course. Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick.
April 3, 2014 |
Call it a dark farce, human comedy or wartime satire. But however you slice it, the ill-conceived morality tale "A Farewell to Fools" is a bust. Set in the waning days of World War II, the movie involves a group of Romanian villagers attempting to trick the resident fool, Ipu (Gérard Depardieu in hyper-slob mode), into giving up his life in order to save theirs. Unfortunately, the script by Anusavan Salamanian, based on the novel by Titus Popovici (first filmed as 1972's "Then I Sentenced Them All to Death")