September 19, 2013 |
There's magic in the air in the sci-fi thriller "Plus One. " Like the latest must-have rave accessory, an unexplained force crackles, glows and makes revelers see double. Director Dennis Iliadis pairs a familiar premise - teens partying like there's no tomorrow while the world falls apart around them - with an original conceit. At a lavish house party, doppelgangers of all the guests appear, disappear, then reappear, each time with closer resemblances to the original individuals.
September 16, 2013 |
That didn't take long. A day after "Insidious: Chapter 2" killed it at the box office, the horror film's makers said they are planning to make a third installment in the franchise. Made for just $5 million, "Insidious: Chapter 2" sold an estimated $41.1 million of tickets in its opening weekend, more than three times the $13.3 million the first “Insidious” grossed in 2011. On Monday, the film's financiers -- Entertainment One, FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions -- said they were developing a third "Insidious" movie, written by Leigh Whannell, a screenwriter on the first two "Insidious" films.
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September 12, 2013 |
The fatal shooting in late July of a Long Beach woman as she grabbed her toddler's diaper bag was a planned killing by a friend who believed the woman could send him back to prison. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell announced Thursday that Jason Haggerty, 30, and a 16-year-old female juvenile have been arrested and charged with the premeditated murder of Jazzmine Marie Wash , 23. Wash was found in the courtyard of a Long Beach...
August 30, 2013 |
Life isn't always sleepy in rural North Dakota. The tiny town of Leith -- which had 16 residents as of the 2010 census -- got a rude awakening last week when it was revealed that a newcomer in town was plotting a takeover to make Leith a white-supremacist haven. Paul Craig Cobb, 61, had moved to town about a year ago and made an announcement in May 2012 about his plans for a "White Nationalist intentional community in North Dakota. " "Been waiting quite a few months to spring this.
August 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Police here were continuing their investigation into what they termed “one of the major domestic terrorism threats in the United States today” after the arrest of two people accused of plotting to kidnap and kill law enforcement officers across Southern Nevada. Roommates David Allen Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, were arraigned Friday on charges that included conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping. The two were arrested earlier this week inside their Las Vegas apartment after a months-long sting operation into an alleged plot by the anti-authority "sovereign citizen" movement that authorities say might lead to other arrests.
August 21, 2013 |
"Scenic Route" begins with the promise of bone-crunching violence. Before a single image appears, we hear thuds, moans, fists against flesh. Two men finally emerge, their faces smeared with blood. First-time feature directors Kevin and Michael Goetz then show how two lifelong friends, preppy Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and schlubby Carter (Dan Fogler), became stranded by the loneliest road in the American Southwest and broke each other's noses. Tempers initially flare when Carter, an unemployed writer, tries to convince his pal that his finance job and suburban house have led him astray.
August 20, 2013 |
Many of Hollywood's recent adaptations of young adult fiction are confounding: They seem far more invested in the fantasy trappings and wonky internal mythology of their made-up universes than they are in the deeper metaphors of body shock, transformation and revelation. They are made as if their audiences actually care about vampires and werewolves, not the dark corners of the human psyche they represent. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is no exception. It's the first film adaptation from Cassandra Clare's series of novels, and the fact that there is already at least one sequel planned feels more like a threat than a treat.
August 17, 2013 |
This hasn't exactly been a boffo summer at the box office. But Times staff writer Kevin Baxter found some compelling plot lines from past Hollywood classics for each of MLB's 30 teams. (Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses): IN THE RUNNING FOR BEST PICTURE 1. DODGERS | "L.A. Story": Dodgers follow surreal signs to record-breaking surge, true love. (3) 2. ATLANTA | "Gone With the Wind": In this version, Atlanta repels Northern invaders easily.
August 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A surge of U.S. drone missile strikes that has killed about 40 suspected militants in Yemen over the last three weeks may appear inconsistent with President Obama's pledge in May to use drone aircraft to target and kill only individual terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to Americans. White House officials say the targeting rules haven't changed for the 10 recent drone strikes. But analysts and former U.S. officials say the current campaign, after the pace of attacks had slowed, shows that the standards are elastic.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Waad Ramadan Alwan was a talker. To an undercover FBI informant, he described planting improvised explosive devices to harm American soldiers in Iraq. He told about how he recruited a friend to help smuggle arms and cash overseas. He said he hoped to return to Iraq to fight again. Instead, in January he got 40 years in prison. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi did his talking in court, where he admitted helping in a dozen IED attacks in Iraq after the U.S. invasion. "After 2003," he said, "I saw people that were dying on the streets - numerous, numerous people being killed and for no reason.