September 4, 2013 |
James Franco's history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an infamous one: During his 2011 Oscar co-hosting stint with Anne Hathaway, the actor's low-key demeanor seemed more appropriate for a backyard barbecue than an entertainment event watched by 40 million people. Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in "127 Hours," is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads -- an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit "Spring Breakers.
May 22, 2013 |
Not surprisingly, Ai Weiwei's new music video features wall-to-wall profanity and an aggressive anger aimed at China's ruling Communist party. The celebrated Chinese artist has released a new heavy-metal music video about the 81 days he spent in prison after being arrested by Chinese authorities in 2011. The single, titled "Dumbass," is a Mandarin-language diatribe filled with expletives. It also features the artist's trademark mix of dry humor, media commentary and self-mythology.
March 15, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - For the last two days here “it's been all pope, everything pope. In the streets, in the cafes, on the corners, everyone's talking about the pope,” said Fernando Vignoles, a thirtysomething cab driver and longtime resident of Argentina's capital. From the freeway late Thursday night, Vignoles proudly pointed into the darkness to the outline of a handsome old church where the man now known as Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, had presided over his confirmation ceremony as a young man. “He's a good guy, a really good guy,” he said.
December 28, 2012 |
Tracey White's initial impression of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's new slave-era shoot-'em-up extravaganza, could be summed up in three words: smart, funny and ugly. Sitting through a recent screening in Beverly Hills, the L.A. costume designer was mostly absorbed and found herself laughing aloud at particularly outrageous moments. But White, who is black, said her feelings evolved significantly. Two days after reflecting on the matter of slavery and Tarantino's treatment, she pronounced the movie mostly ugly.
December 26, 2012 |
Once again Twitter has helped an athlete get himself in trouble. This time it's Cleveland Browns return man Josh Cribbs. Cribbs fumbled a punt during Sunday's 34-12 loss to Denver, and when he checked his Twitter account later he found he was the recipient of several tweets from fans criticizing his lackluster play in the game. He responded: “See all the negativity on twitter after I gave my life to this,” then offered a profane suggestion to “all u who are against me.” Cribbs apologized Wednesday, saying he was more mad at himself than anyone else, and that he realizes true Browns fans would not try to criticize him like that.
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November 2, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times Pedro Espinoza took pride in his gang affiliation. The 18th Street gang member, with slick black hair and tattoos on his neck and arms, once bragged to a parole supervisor that he aspired to land on death row for his allegiance, prosecutors said. On Friday afternoon, Espinoza was granted his wish. The 23-year-old was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II, a standout football prospect for Los Angeles High School who was killed as he walked home from a friend's house.