February 5, 2014 |
I opposed boycotting the Sochi Winter Olympic Games to protest the crackdown on LGBT rights in Russia. In part, that was because I didn't want to victimize athletes who had worked so hard to make the American team. But it was also because I'm confident that the best response to the mounting repression in Russia is engagement. American supporters of equality should engage with Russians, and we should do so proudly and boldly. That said, however, we also need to have some humility and a sense of history.
February 3, 2014 |
Maximilian Schell, the commanding Austrian-born actor who died Saturday at 83, is being remembered in obituaries for his long movie career, especially his Oscar-winning role in "Judgment at Nuremberg. " In Los Angeles, audiences had the good fortune to appreciate another side of Schell -- opera director. Schell was a friend of Plácido Domingo, and the tenor brought Schell to Southern California to direct two productions at L.A. Opera -- " Lohengrin " in 2001 and " Der Rosenkavalier " in 2005.
January 31, 2014 |
In spite of the song's title, Pop & Hiss has found it pretty easy to forget Shakira's irritating duet with Rihanna, which after premiering two weeks ago has already dropped to No. 61 on the current Hot 100. But as the fruit of a much-hyped superstar collaboration, "Can't Remember to Forget You" can hardly be left to die on the vine -- especially since the song is supposed to establish some buzz ahead of the March 25 release of Shakira's new album,...
January 29, 2014 |
The passing of a Hollywood executive is often greeted with pleasant industry remembrances and kind emails. But the death of Tom Sherak at the age of 68 set off a round of intensely warm reactions not just from fellow Hollywood players but also from personalities as wide-ranging as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Their depth of feeling and the breadth of people expressing them underscore a legacy that goes well beyond movies. Sherak, who died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas after a fierce battle with prostate cancer, served as a long-running executive at 20th Century Fox and then Revolution Studios, as an advisor to Marvel Studios and as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
January 29, 2014 |
Earlier this month, the sports website Grantland ignited controversy over a story on Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V, the inventor of a “scientifically superior” golf club dubbed “The Oracle.” In writing the article , titled “Dr. V's Magical Putter,” reporter Caleb Hannan discovered something he didn't expect about his subject: She was a transgender woman. In October, Hannan writes, Dr. V killed herself before his article was even finished. Responding to her suicide within his piece, Hannan wrote: “Writing a eulogy for a person who by all accounts despised you is an odd experience....
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January 29, 2014 |
For Sheriff Lee Baca, it was a legacy moment. He was on Capitol Hill, testifying before a congressional hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Conservative lawmakers were grilling him, pressing him to acknowledge that the Muslim groups he embraced after 9/11 may have had criminal elements. Baca wasn't having it. "We don't play around with criminals in my world," he shot back. With dozens of cameras trained on him, the sheriff made the case that American Muslims were being unfairly persecuted and should be treated as partners, not suspects, in the fight against terror.
January 28, 2014 |
Pete Seeger's death at 94 leaves a huge hole in America's moral conscience. The folk singer was a fixture in music, politics and American life for the latter half of the 20th century, and he continued performing and speaking in public -- including at President Obama's 2009 inauguration and during the Occupy Wall Street protests -- until his death on Monday. The outpouring from fellow musicians, writers and activists was immediate. The White House released a statement describing Seeger as "America's tuning fork," and said that "[o]
January 24, 2014
Re "A deadly distinction," Jan. 19 Thank you for covering the neglected area of Westmont, the small, unincorporated community between Los Angeles and Inglewood that has L.A. County's top homicide rate. I lived on 93rd and Figueroa streets for 25 years. I tell my children that it's a million miles from that street to Valencia, where they were raised. Since I feel that education may be the best way for the children in that area to leave, I helped to create a scholarship for some of the area's students.
January 13, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.