August 15, 2013 |
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus in Fur" starring his third wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the subsequent decades, the Holocaust survivor has directed visionary, innovative and paranoid dramas and darkly comedic films, including such landmark pictures as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby," 1974's "Chinatown" and 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for directing.
August 15, 2013 |
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, when the only two Jewish members of the U.S. men's track team were denied the chance to compete, the decision wasn't Hitler's but that of American officials, among them a USC coach. One of those sprinters is the subject of a lively new tribute documentary, "Glickman," whose unfussy title suits him. Not just an affectionate portrait of a gifted athlete-turned-groundbreaking sportscaster, the film is also a fond remembrance of life in New York City from the 1930s through the '70s.
August 7, 2013
If "Fruitvale Station" is not yet on your must-see list, it should be. This emotionally potent, true story of the Bay-Area killing of a young African American man is a striking debut for writer-director Ryan Coogler. It is also a game-changer for Michael B. Jordan, who plays 22-year-old Oscar Grant with such nuanced complexity that there is already awards talk. Much has been written - and litigated - about who is responsible for those fateful final minutes of 2008 when a transit cop shot Grant at Oakland's Fruitvale subway station.
August 1, 2013 |
With a simple photo, Beyonce has told her version of the beloved children's tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears. " You know, the urban, modern-day Instagram version. The "Standing on the Sun" pop diva, 31, shared an adorable photo Wednesday with no caption and not even a glimpse of herself or her family, but the pic got more than 601,000 likes within 24 hours. PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z through the years The snapshot simply showed her little family's shoes du jour : Timberlands, specifically the ubiquitous tan lace-up work boot and its many variatons.
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July 29, 2013 |
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
July 19, 2013 |
So you've waved at Saturn and had your picture taken by Cassini from nearly 900 million miles away. Now what? At the time of the long-distance photo shoot, Earth and Cassini were about 898,500 million miles apart, which means it will take 1 hour, 20 minutes and 24 seconds for the photons that will go into the image to reach Cassini's wide-angle camera. "If we are to capture your photons, we would need you to be waving 80.4 minutes prior to your photons reaching the spacecraft cameras," Scott Edgington, deputy project scientist for the Cassini mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explained in this blog post . “That's how we came up with the Earth-waving window,” which was between 2:27 and 2:42 p.m. Pacific time.
July 18, 2013 |
The fictional writer A.N. Dyer - Andrew to his family - is dying as David Gilbert's new novel "& Sons" opens. Dyer is a New York writer in the mold of J.D. Salinger: When he was in his 20s, he wrote a book about his New England prep school, a novel whose portrait of teenage angst and white privilege was a success rivaling that of "The Catcher in the Rye. " Dyer is "the quintessential New York writer. " And his gloomy presence is at the heart of "& Sons," whose most notable achievement is its portrait of that most respected and mysterious of artistic types: the great novelist.
July 15, 2013
Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn was born on this day in 1606 in Leiden in what is now the Netherlands. A prolific artist, he created many self-portraits during his career -- one of which serves as the inspiration for Monday's Google Doodle birthday tribute. This particular self-portrait, which dates from 1659, resides at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The oil painting was formerly part of the collection of Andrew W. Mellon, the businessman who once served as secretary of the Treasury.
July 11, 2013 |
Made with assurance and deep emotion, "Fruitvale Station" is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard. Featuring a leap-to-stardom performance by Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale's" demonstration of how effective understated, naturalistic filmmaking is at conveying even the most incendiary reality is as hopeful as the story it tells is despairing. "Fruitvale" won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance, as well as the Un Certain Regard Prize of the Future at Cannes, and its story is a true one, a narrative that created national shock waves when it happened.
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)