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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 |
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")
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.
March 25, 2014 |
We'll tell you right now, if you haven't caught up with "The Good Wife," especially the episode that aired Sunday night, then stop reading now. This post is all about the big plot twist from that episode. OK, now that the requisite disclaimer is out of the way, let's quote David Letterman to guest Josh Charles on Monday night's "Late Show": "What the hell happened?" As shellshocked "Good Wife" viewers, or anyone who's spent time on social media in the last 48 hours, knows, on Sunday night Charles' character was suddenly killed by a stray bullet fired in a courtroom.