October 31, 2013 |
"The Returned," a deep, mysterious and remarkable new series that begins Halloween night on Sundance Channel, is being pitched as having something to do with zombies. And to the extent that several of its characters are dead and yet moving among the living, I suppose that it does. But they are also living with the living, and talking with them, and eating with them (and not eating them), and even sleeping with them. (Though they do not sleep.) They are very much as they were when they checked out and, except for a blank spot surrounding their demise, reappear with their memories, faculties and human feelings intact.
October 24, 2013 |
No one can accuse filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson of taking the easy way out. For 13 years they followed the educational lives of two African American boys (one of them their son), amassing more than 800 hours of footage in the process. Edited down to a bit more than two hours, "American Promise," the film that resulted, is a remarkable documentary, though only partially for the reason its creators intended. Though this film does in fact deal with what the filmmakers call the question of "race, class and education for African American boys," it ends up being of as much interest for the personal stories it tells of two young men trying to find their place in the world.
October 22, 2013 |
BOSTON - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he has not spoken with Adrian Gonzalez since he accused the Dodgers first baseman of “Mickey Mouse” antics during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Wainwright, who will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, said he meant his comments “in jest” and said that he had spent some time dodging questions about Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' rookie who had paused to admire a home run that never actually left the park.
October 17, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The buzz around the Pac-12 Conference's basketball media day Thursday was that the conference will be better, perhaps good enough to produce five or six NCAA tournament teams, and that Arizona might be good enough to make a Final Four or even bring home a national championship. The buzz about Los Angeles' teams was mostly supplied by something new USC Coach Andy Enfield said during a recent practice, as quoted in a Bay Area newspaper: "We play up-tempo basketball here," Enfield reportedly barked at his players.
October 17, 2013 |
Looks like Drake and Future have decided to play nice. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Drake had booted Future from his upcoming arena trek over disparaging remarks the Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard. But the two rapper-singers have since buried the hatchet and on Thursday, Future announced that he would indeed appear on Drake's 39-city tour. "I am set to continue as planned with Drake and Miguel on the Would You Like a Tour?
October 15, 2013 |
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.