July 18, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - The three senior musketeers of professional golf walked the links of Muirfield in the British Open on Thursday with pride, few regrets and less-than-great results. Was this golf or nostalgia? Does it matter? Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Fred Couples teed it up at 9 a.m. in Scotland, on a day on which the weather resembled Palm Springs in March. The knowledgeable and appreciative Scottish fans surrounded the first tee in a show of respect. These three totaled 172 years on Earth, eight British Open titles and 15 major titles in all. Watson, 63, with five British titles, two Masters and one U.S. Open, could play here because he finished second in his stunning, near storybook run in 2009, when Stewart Cink beat him in a playoff.
June 21, 2013 |
There have been a lot of clips from "The Sopranos" posted online the last couple of days. And several from "Get Shorty," "True Romance," "The Mexican" and many other of James Gandolfini's finest roles. But a tribute to the actor, who passed away in Rome on Wednesday, also came from a most unexpected place: "Sesame Street. " Gandolfini was, without a doubt, an actor for adults. Most all of his roles came in films and TV written and directed explicity for grown-up audiences, and his characters carried enough edge and complexity that they would never have fit in anything meant for all ages.
June 20, 2013 |
In the new zombie epic "World War Z," Brad Pitt jets around the world seeking an elusive solution to an intractable problem. He's been doing a lot of that in real life too. Six months ago, Pitt's new movie appeared doomed - by a release-date postponement, an ending that had to be scrapped and re-shot, a budget that exceeded $200 million and a raft of negative coverage. Pundits were comparing the Paramount release to the recent big-budget flops "John Carter" and "Battleship. " VIDEO: 'World War Z' trailer But the actor - who hasn't anchored a big-budget Hollywood production since "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" five years ago - has gone to the mat for the movie, traveling to events from Brazil to Moscow and making numerous media appearances at home.
May 31, 2013 |
What do Leon Panetta, Marc Morial and Corinthian Colleges have in common? Good question. Panetta and Morial are among our most distinguished public servants. Panetta earlier this year concluded a stint as secretary of Defense, one of a string of high-level government posts under Presidents Obama and Clinton, preceded by 16 years as a California congressman. Morial served two terms as mayor of New Orleans and is now chief executive of the National Urban League, a leading civil rights organization.
May 30, 2013 |
The 1980s have been taking a lot of abuse for a lot of years. Witness what "30 Rock" did when it sent Liz Lemon, in flashback, to her teenage years. Former show runner Robert Carlock remembers it was a perfect opportunity to point and laugh at an entire decade as Tina Fey was decked out in a "horrible curly wig and wire-framed glasses and a Squeeze tour T-shirt. There was a bit of drag fun to it for all of us. " That's just one of the many slings and arrows the decade has taken in scripted television.
May 22, 2013 |
CANNES, France - A few months ago, Jeremy Saulnier had risen early for a flight to Cleveland when he saw a message in his inbox. It was in French. The 36-year-old New Yorker was traveling to the Buckeye State to shoot corporate videos, which the director had been doing to pay the bills since his filmmaking career fizzled six years before with the disappointing performance of his first movie, a genre comedy called "Murder Party. " The email that morning was from programmers at the Cannes Film Festival.
May 22, 2013 |
Brian Shaw is a highly respected assistant coach in the NBA, currently working as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Shaw has interviewed for several head-coaching positions in the past, and is one the candidates the Clippers are considering to replace Vinny Del Negro as the team's coach. Shaw, 47, has had the good fortune to have worked under and played under former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson. As a Laker, Shaw played alongside two of the best to ever play the game in Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and he played with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics early in his career.
May 21, 2013 |
— Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel stressed Monday he meant no disrespect to the Miami Heat in his postgame comments Saturday night and took to South Florida radio to clear the air. After the Pacers eliminated the New York Knicks in Saturday's Game 6 of that Eastern Conference semifinal series, Vogel said: "This is not about getting back at Miami. You're in the final four, you're competing for a championship, you're competing for a championship. And they're just the next team that's in our way. And that's how we're approaching it. " Vogel said Monday he was not minimizing the Heat's accomplishments as defending NBA champions, with the teams to open the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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May 15, 2013 |
Behind an unassuming storefront in Orange County's Little Saigon, prosecutors say, was the driving force behind an illicit international trade in rhinoceros horns. Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha and Felix Kha may never have journeyed to the savannas of Africa, but by trafficking in hundreds of pounds of the prized horns that some Vietnamese and Chinese believe can cure cancer, the father and son were responsible for the hundreds of rhinos targeted by poachers, prosecutors said. "Their fingers might as well have been on the triggers of poachers' guns," Assistant U.S. Atty.
May 13, 2013 |
Opera was born to be mad. The first great opera concerned the demented Roman emperor Nero. In the nearly three centuries since Monteverdi's "The Coronation of Poppea," mad scene has succeeded mad scene on the lyric stage. They still do, as Long Beach Opera demonstrated Saturday night at Bixby Knolls Expo Art Center with a seemingly crazy double bill of two recent American operas - Michael Gordon's "Van Gogh" and Stewart Copeland's "Tell-Tale Heart. " Each opera is, in essence, an excitable - and exciting - extended mad scene.