May 21, 2013 |
On NBC's "Grimm," Silas Weir Mitchell plays what is essentially the big bad wolf - albeit one who would much rather restore grandfather clocks than eat grandmothers. Mitchell, who may be known to viewers from popular stints on "Prison Break," "My Name is Earl" and "Burn Notice," admits that being on the "ground floor" of a series has made him, and the other cast and crew members, more connected to "Grimm" than other work he's done. "It's not just some fantasy show. It's a show that looks at the real world that we live in through a different lens," says Mitchell.
May 16, 2013 |
His wife was a patient at the clinic where I worked in my early days as a doctor. I saw her regularly for hypertension. But on one visit, she was more concerned about her husband - let's call him Pedro. He was having stomach pains and difficulty swallowing. I told her to make an appointment for him with me. When I saw him, Pedro explained that he had lost weight and was having trouble swallowing solid food. A barium swallow study confirmed my fears: He had esophageal cancer. Another doctor at the clinic received the report before I saw Pedro again and made an urgent referral to surgery.
May 10, 2013
Re "What the dead deserve," Editorial, May 8 The controversy over burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is about what he and his brother allegedly did: shaking an open society's basic beliefs in decency and lending a helping hand to immigrants seeking asylum. They took the financial and educational benefits while they allegedly plotted to destroy the very people who held the door open for them. They betrayed our trust and that of every refugee seeking help. As for burying Tsarnaev - which happened on Thursday after cemeteries in Cambridge, Mass., refused to take his body - his family should have paid to ship and entomb him back home; that, or he should have been buried at sea. Edward T. Buckle Ventura There are evil people in the world.
April 23, 2013 |
As a movie icon, the American farmer has, for many a year, occupied a hand-whittled pedestal, standing tall as a weathered symbol of all that's good and true in this screwed-up world. One of the galvanic surprises of "At Any Price," the Iowa-set drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, is that it upends every cliché and worn-out romantic notion about farming and places it in the real world of agribusiness and high-stakes economic pressure. Director Ramin Bahrani approaches the subject with the same journalist's curiosity that made his earlier films, among them the pitch-perfect "Chop Shop," such sharp depictions of otherwise invisible subcultures and the outsiders who inhabit them.
April 21, 2013 |
My daughter is a junior in high school, so I've spent part of this spring making that upper-middle-class pilgrimage known as "the college tour. " But as we were led across sweeping lawns by tour guides walking backward, I found myself thinking less about my daughter's looming college experience and more about how different her life will be after she graduates. I've also been thinking about "Girls," the television series about four young women trying to make ends meet in New York.
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March 27, 2013
This golfer looks like he's enjoying himself at this all-natural "driving range. " The photographer, Robert Larson , tells us "I took the picture on Ilford HP5 pushed to 800 with a Pentax K1000. This is in Joshua Tree. My friends and I try to get out there a few times a year for a weekend or so. We rent a different house each trip and try to forget about the 'real world' for a while. We're like a bunch of kids in a giant sandbox. It's wonderful. " Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Outspoken rock 'n' roll balladeer Nick Cave traced his beginnings from “rural Australia” to the more comforting confines of his own imagination in a sprawling, hour-long chat at the South by Southwest music conference here. The standing-room-only Tuesday conversation focused largely on Cave's biographical history. The facts of the real world, however, weren't of as much interest to Cave as the more abstract matters of art. Speaking of his relationship with spouse Susie Bick, Cave said, “I feel that I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life.” Speaking of wanting to leave rural Australia for Melbourne, and then later Melbourne for London and then London for New York, Cave said, “Culturally, life has been a series of disappointments.
March 9, 2013 |
In 2005, Romania's equivalent of the sensational O.J. Simpson trial rocked Eastern Europe when a priest and four nuns from a convent in the country's remote Moldavia region went to prison for accidentally killing a young woman during an exorcism. The case captivated the public, attracted interest from filmmaker Roman Polanski and ultimately inspired writer-director Cristian Mungiu to make "Beyond the Hills. " The 21/2-hour movie, which opens March 8, presents a slow-burn narrative that skips flashy special effects in favor of long takes and low-key performances.
February 21, 2013 |
Three close male friends live through ups and downs in realizing their dream of running a sports shop/cricket academy in the Indian film "Kai Po Che" ("Brothers for Life"). Based on a bestselling novel, the film traffics in an energetic form of aspirational/redemptive melodrama that ties the friends' fortunes to real-world events in the early 2000s, such as the Gujarat earthquake. Once business-minded Govind (Raj Kumar), impulsive cricket fanatic Ishaan (newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput)
February 2, 2013 |
QuotagePaying the corkage fee Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins , on why the Grizzlies traded away leading scorer Rudy Gay as part of a three-team deal: "When you have champagne taste, you can't be on a beer budget. It's a small market and I understand the economics of being in a small market. " Vernon Wells makes more than he does? Miami forward LeBron James , on being paid less than he is worth because of NBA salary cap restrictions: "What I do on the floor shows my value.