January 23, 2014 |
Judith Mackrell's "Flappers" is a juicy, energetic exploration of six dazzling iconoclasts who all flared to fame in the Roaring '20s. Unlike recent books such as Simon Winchester's "The Professor and the Madman" and Edward Ball's "The Inventor and the Tycoon," which explore closely intertwined lives, "Flappers" features multiple mini-biographies of women who interacted only minimally with one another, although they shared common unconventional impetuses...
January 20, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - No San Francisco? Check. No New England? Check. No hard feelings? Well ... There were ruffled feathers and bruised feelings from coast to coast Monday in the aftermath of the NFL's conference title games. In Seattle, the Seahawks were both celebrating their victory over the 49ers and dealing with the fallout in the wake of cornerback Richard Sherman's unseemly, chest-thumping outburst on national TV, moments after he made the game-saving play. In Foxborough, Mass., Patriots Coach Bill Belichick leveled a serious accusation against one of his former stars, Denver receiver Wes Welker, accusing him of dirty play in a hit that took out cornerback Aqib Talib in the Broncos' big win. Outside of New England, Sherman was all the talk.
January 20, 2014 |
For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous. But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness? The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.
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January 2, 2014
Wilbur 'Moose' Thompson USC athlete won gold medal in shot put at 1948 Olympics Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, 92, a USC athlete who won the shot put gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, died Christmas Day, the university announced. No cause of death was given, but Thompson, a longtime Long Beach-area resident, had a heart ailment in recent years. At the London Games, Thompson won the shot put with a career-best mark of 56 feet, 2 inches, breaking the Olympic record by more than 3 feet.
December 25, 2013 |
Today is the day Christians around the world celebrate one of the central miracles of the New Testament: the birth of God's son on Earth. Since then, the "miracle" bar has been lowered and the label has been secularized, attached by the media to all manner of unexpected and wondrous feats - from rescue workers finding a baby alive in the rubble five days after the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010 to the U.S. Olympic hockey team's stunning upset...
December 19, 2013 |
As a film critic, I spend many hours thinking and writing about performances each year. Yet when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced that it would not consider Scarlett Johansson's work in "Her" for a Golden Globes award, it stopped me. Their reasoning: She did not have a physical presence on screen. That we can agree on. But she did have a very real presence nonetheless. "Her" would not be the same film without her. The decision has an arbitrary, old-fashioned feel to it in this new techno-centric age. It seems particularly ironic given the topic writer-director Spike Jonze is toying with in the film.