October 2, 2012 |
NEW YORK--In a quarter-century at the helm of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival, Richard Pena has become more associated with a U.S. movie gathering than anyone not named Robert Redford. Pena's work has been extensive behind the scenes as he's led a group that chooses what to screen at one of the country's most prestigious film institutions. But it also has played out publicly, with Pena, who also teaches at Columbia University, taking the Lincoln Center stage countless times over the last 25 years to interview the world's biggest directors with a kind of erudite flair-cum-wonkishness.
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September 14, 2012 |
One night in 2009, during a drunken conversation, Jacqueline Viens said her father told her why her stepmother had recently vanished. Dawn Viens had been needling him and he just wanted to sleep, Jacqueline Viens recalled her father saying. He'd tried barricading their bedroom door with a dresser to keep his wife out. When that didn't work, David Viens tied her up and taped her mouth, according to his daughter. The next morning, Dawn Viens was dead. Jacqueline Viens said her father told her that his wife had choked on her own vomit.
September 14, 2012 |
Not only was Henry Darrow the first Puerto Rican star of an hour-long TV series, playing the charismatic and devilish Manolito Montoya on the 1967-71 NBC western "The High Chaparral," he also was among the first to become a teen dream whose handsome visage adorned the pages of 16 and Tiger Beat magazines. "I appealed to the more mature 12- to 14-year-olds," Darrow said with a laugh over the phone from the home he shares with his second wife, Lauren Levian, in Wilmington, N.C. He added that his costar, Mark Slade, who played the brooding Blue on the sagebrush saga, "appealed to the 9- to 11-year-olds.
August 24, 2012 |
I suppose Jon Stewart got his wish, but it seems like a raw deal anyway. The comedian has said he doesn't want his “Daily Show” viewed as real news. And a new poll suggests the audience has gone along: the national survey of voters ranked Stewart and his Comedy Central accomplice, Stephen Colbert, lower on a trust index than most other sources and just a notch ahead of conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press found local television the most trusted source of news, followed by newspapers and PBS. Asked to rate how much they trust news sources from 0 to 10, with 10 most trusted, those traditional sources scored 6 or above.
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July 13, 2012 |
A San Francisco surgeon has filed a request for a partial recount of the June 5 tobacco tax ballot initiative, which lost by less than 1 percentage point of the statewide vote. The measure, known as Proposition 29, would have imposed a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes and raised $860 million for research on tobacco-related diseases and for smoking-prevention programs. It faced opposition from tobacco giants Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which poured nearly $47 million into the campaign against the initiative.
July 8, 2012 |
Mark K. Shriver, a brother of former California First Lady Maria Shriver, explores his relationship with their father in his new book, "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. " Shriver, George McGovern's Democratic vice presidential running mate in 1972, was married to Eunice Kennedy and served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, where he launched the Peace Corps and Head Start. He died 1 1/2 years ago at age 95. His son, 48, lives in Maryland. When did you start thinking about writing this book about your father and why did you write it?
June 13, 2012 |
A third man on Wednesday described how he was forced to perform sex acts on former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, saying Sandusky threatened him not to tell anyone of the incident. The man, known as Victim 10, described how Sandusky first took him to the basement in the coach's home in State College, Pa., tussled with the then-11-year-old boy and eventually disrobed him and carried out an oral sex act. The man, now 25, told of a series of attacks at the home, in a car and at an area pool between 1997 and 1999.
May 27, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's presidential candidates were busy Saturday polishing sound bites and stretching the facts a bit as they re-marketed themselves as guardians of the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and led to the nation's first free election for a leader in history. The campaigns of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik sought to broaden their appeal before their runoff election next month. Neither man is regarded as epitomizing the spirit of the revolution - Shafik was prime minister during the deadly crackdowns on protesters days before Mubarak fell last year - but politics is often about image readjustment.
May 5, 2012 |
ROUND 1: Referee Tony Weeks gave final instructions, and the fight's underway. Mayweather throws a left hook. Mayweather jabs. Cotto keeps his head down, leading with his left. They're separated twice. Cotto tries a hard right, Mayweather dodges. It happens again. Mayweather sneaks a left to the body. Judges: Robert Hoyle, 10-9 Mayweather; Patricia Morse Jarman, 10-9 Mayweather; Dave Moretti, 10-9 Mayweather. ROUND 2: Cotto picks up Mayweather and leans him to ropes.
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May 4, 2012 |
Teachers who were removed from Miramonte Elementary School recounted their experiences for the first time Thursday, telling of public humiliation, lost sleep and questioning the pride they once had in the teaching profession. At least 40 teachers and other displaced staff members took part in a rally outside Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles, the unopened campus where they have reported for three months. Their removal followed the January arrest of former teacher Mark Berndt, who has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of lewd conduct.