June 13, 2013 |
Get ready for the new rage in sports. Got a big game coming up? A national championship? An international competition? A few days beforehand, jump on a plane and fly cross-country. Wait awhile, then fly back. That's what Phil Mickelson did, and it worked wonders for his golf. Mickelson finished three under par for the first round at the U.S. Open, a stroke behind Luke Donald on a day when weather caused two significant delays and much of the field could not finish 18 holes before darkness fell at Merion Golf Club.
April 18, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Here, in the place where his comedy franchise "The Hangover" began four years ago, Todd Phillips seems particularly at home. While the filmmaker wasn't nearly as inebriated as the protagonists of his raunchy film series, he admitted he was drunk on his second bottle of wine as he sat promoting his film in the bowels of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday. It had been only an hour before that when Phillips jumped on stage to show movie theater owners the latest trailer for "The Hangover Part III," freely using expletives and urging the crowd to loosen up. "Way to turn a ... movie presentation into the Detroit auto show," he kidded after the Warner Bros.
April 11, 2013 |
Well-heeled travelers bound for the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Maldive Islands now have a new place to park their private jets. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa has put paradise on the radar with a private jet airport terminal. The terminal, at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, is a five-minute speedboat ride to the resort and is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort's guests. A private lounge offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.
March 28, 2013 |
A sobering thriller that puts many human faces on an international crisis, Megan Griffiths' assuredly directed indie "Eden" tracks the experience of Korean American teenager Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) after she's kidnapped by a sex slave ring. Labeled Eden by a shady federal marshal (Beau Bridges, chilling) in charge of the operation, she's transported from New Mexico to Nevada, held captive in a storage facility with other degraded young women and overseen by a short-tempered, drug-addicted striver named Vaughn (a mesmerizing Matt O'Leary)
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March 25, 2013 |
A North Hollywood teenager was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for aiming a blinding laser beam at a private jet and a police helicopter last year. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson imposed the penalty on Adam Gardenhire, 19, who pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of aiming a laser beam at an aircraft. The case is the second prosecution of its kind in the country since the laser law was signed by President Obama in 2012. According to court records, Gardenhire deliberately aimed a commercial-grade green laser beam at a privately owned Cessna Citation and a Pasadena Police Department helicopter on the evening of March 29, 2012.
March 25, 2013 |
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.
March 24, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - The Mexican businessmen in Rolexes and Burberry ties meet on the north side of town, at Cielito Lindo Restaurant, or at new neighboring country clubs. Their wives frequent Neiman Marcus, Tiffany's and Brooks Brothers at the nearby mall. Their children park Porsches with Mexican license plates in the student lots at Reagan High School. They are part of a wave of legal Mexican immigrants who have been overlooked in the national debate over how to deal with their largely impoverished illegal compatriots.
March 21, 2013 |
Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of signing with the Houston Texans, according to the NFL network. “I'm signing with Houston unless something changes,” Reed told the network. Reed has played for the Baltimore Ravens for 11 seasons and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 61. He helped lead them to last season's Super Bowl title. Last week, Reed flew to Houston aboard owner Bob McNair's private jet and Reed spent two days meeting with coaches and management, but left town without agreeing to a deal.
March 18, 2013 |
Lindsay Lohan brought the drama Monday morning, showing up almost an hour late for a court hearing at which she eventually copped a last-minute plea deal that'll send her to to a locked-down rehab facility for 90 days. The drama actually started the night before, with Lohan reportedly skipping one flight Saturday and skipping off of another on Sunday right before it took off for L.A. from JFK. That put her in the position of having to hunt down a private jet to get her where she needed to go in time for the 8:30 a.m. hearing Monday.
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March 18, 2013 |
Lindsay Lohan avoided jail again when she pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor charges related to a June 2012 car crash in a last-minute deal that will send her to 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility. The "Mean Girls" star must also spend 18 months in therapy and serve 30 days of community service as part of the agreement, in which she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed.