June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A newly published court order has confirmed what key members of Congress said they had known for years - that the government had routine access to the dialing records for hundreds of millions of phone calls in the United States. The report raised new questions about secret surveillance and unchecked government power. Q: What information is being obtained? A: The order called it "metadata" that consisted of telephone numbers and the times and duration of calls, but not the contents of the phones calls or the names and addresses of those who owned the phones.
May 31, 2013 |
Henry Winkler has managed to stay in the comedy zeitgeist for more than 40 years, from his star-shot to fame on "Happy Days" in 1974 to the fourth season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. These days Winkler continues to make recurring appearances on the USA series "Royal Pains" and the Adult Swim series "Children's Hospital. " Additionally, he continues to publish children's books and act as a spokesman for issues as diverse as dyslexia and the use of therapeutic Botox in stroke victims.
May 26, 2013 |
HBO's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" has generated so much buzz thanks to its subject matter (the tormented relationship between the pianist and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson) and its well-known leading men (Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), it's easy to forget it also happens to be the last film directed by Steven Soderbergh before he goes into self-imposed exile from moviemaking. Twenty-four years after his low-budget drama "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" took Cannes by storm and helped usher in a new age in independent cinema, Soderbergh, 50, is done with the medium - at least for now. "The phone's not ringing as often, which is fine," said the (former?
May 25, 2013 |
"Sanjay and Craig," which premieres Saturday (tonight) on Nickelodeon, follows the adventures of a boy named Sanjay, voiced by Maulik Pancholy of "30 Rock," and his best friend, a talking snake named Craig, voiced by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist. Linda Cardellini and Tony Hale are also voices on the show. Among other things, the goofy and delightful series represents the joining of two great names from the golden age of Nick with three as-yet obscure names from its possible future.
May 15, 2013 |
It can be hard to figure out any Washington "scandal" without a scorecard, and harder when it involves an opaque agency such as the IRS. That's the case with one of the scandals du jour, which revolves around the IRS' scrutiny of political organizations seeking a tax exemption. So here -- as a companion piece to my column on the subject , and with the help of a just-released report from the agency's inspector general -- we're providing a quick guide to what's wrong and maybe not-so-wrong with what the IRS was up to. VIDEO CHAT: Join us for a live chat at 2 p.m. Pacific Why was the IRS scrutinizing applicants for tax exemptions?
May 13, 2013 |
A few weeks ago, I met Walter Mosley on Pico Boulevard near Fairfax, around the corner from where he was raised. This is a neighborhood that still fuels Mosley's imagination; it's where his detective Easy Rawlins lives, and where a good deal of his new novel, “Little Green,” takes place. “Little Green” marks a return to the Rawlins series, which Mosley seemed to have ended with the 2007 novel “Blonde Faith.” That book concluded with Easy's apparent death in a car accident, but six years later, the character is back, alive if not entirely well.
May 11, 2013 |
The 21st century soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's splashy remake of "The Great Gatsby" may be a head-scratcher, but design fans can't quibble with the period sets created by production designer Catherine Martin. "The phone has been ringing off the hook," said Frank Pollaro , a custom furniture maker renowned for reproductions of Jazz Age designs. "People are falling in love with Art Deco again. " Pollaro, who wasn't involved in the film's production, isn't the only one noting how much excitement the film's period design has managed to generate.
May 3, 2013 |
Zach Braff made headlines last week when he became one of the first top-tier Hollywood personalities to try -- and succeed in -- financing a movie via Kickstarter. Just a few days after listing his idiosyncratic project “Wish I Was Here,” which he aims to direct and star in, he had raised the Kickstarter target of $2 million to make the movie. The total is now at about $2.3 million and 31,000 backers, with three weeks to go.) It was a remarkable turnaround. For nearly a year, Braff, 38, had tried to make the dramatic comedy about a thirtysomething Los Angeles man who decides to homeschool his children.
May 1, 2013 |
If you have questions about TESS, the planet-hunting satellite, or the search for exoplanets in general, you've come to the right place. At noon PDT, the Kavli Foundation will host a live Google Hangout with three leading scientists on NASA's TESS team from the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, or MKI, and you are invited to ask them anything you want. Participating in the hangout will be George Ricker, principal investigator of the TESS mission; Sara Seager, a professor of planetary science and physics at MKI; and Joshua Winn, deputy science director for the TESS mission.
March 29, 2013 |
Each spring across America, thousands of students who once lagged behind their peers get accepted to top-notch universities, thanks to what author Mike Rose calls “second chance” learning. In California alone, 20,000 community college graduates successfully transfer into the University of California each year. Other second-chance institutions teach people to speak English and read and write, and provide the training needed to enter trades as diverse as culinary arts and electronics.