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February 7, 2013 |
On the day Christopher Dorner was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, officials took the unusual step of summoning armed guards to stand watch at his disciplinary hearing downtown. Those present were nervous that Dorner might do something rash when he learned that he was being stripped of his badge. He was a hulking, muscled man and his body language left no doubt about the anger seething out of him. "It was clear… that he was wound way too tight," said a police official who attended Dorner's termination hearing and requested anonymity because of safety concerns.
February 7, 2013 |
"Identity Thief" is a larcenous bit of funny business. It probably should be locked up for its crimes and misdemeanors against moviemaking. But its stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, steal so many laughs from such improbable places that the bumps in this revenge/road trip farce can be mostly forgiven, though not forgotten. Directed by Seth Gordon, the film has the same R-rated tenor of his relatively horrible "Horrible Bosses" and his really dreary "Four Christmases. " More problematic, it has the same difficulty with the connective tissue - anything but the really funny stuff sags or is superfluous.
January 31, 2013 |
In "Girls Against Boys" two young women go on a killing spree, seeking revenge against the men who have wronged one of them. After Shae (Danielle Panabaker) is in quick succession dumped by her married lover and sexually assaulted by a young man she meets at a bar, she is drawn by her fellow nightclub bartender Lu (Nicole LaLiberte) into a psychotic spiral. Lu coughs up a series of conflicting motivations of her own, until she finally admits she's doing it simply "because I can. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Written and directed by Austin Chick, "Girls Against Boys" is some odd male fantasy of what female revenge might be like, sexy and enigmatically charged rather than haunting or scary or even just weird.
January 10, 2013 |
As a kid, I was always disappointed at Halloween when a simple "trick or treat" was met by a well-meaning neighbor with a Bible tract in lieu of candy. Sure, I was raised in a churchgoing family, but Halloween was for indulging in sugar, not soul-saving, of all things. How I wish now that I had made good on those "trick" threats if I didn't get the treat I wanted. They were warned. This is what popped into my mind after reading at LAist about the impromptu concertos of the world's smallest violins being played at restaurants across California.
December 15, 2012 |
Quentin Tarantino had been shooting "Django Unchained" for two solid weeks at a plantation outside New Orleans, but a pall of uncertainty hung over the cast and crew: Just what kind of slavery movie was this going to be? After all, this was a white writer-director with a blaxploitation fixation whose previous film, "Inglourious Basterds," was a wisecracking Holocaust revenge farce. Now it was February in Louisiana, and he had scores of African American extras on set playing field hands, house servants and "ponies" (pretty black girls who served as companions to slave owners)
November 5, 2012 |
Presidential campaigns that are behind in electoral college polling have been known to do desperate things. Perhaps that explains the latest from Romney-Ryan supporters, who are attacking President Obama for a recent speech. "The dust-up is over a comment Obama made on Friday while stumping in Springfield, Ohio," The Times reported Saturday. "When the president mentioned Romney's name, the crowd booed. 'No, no, no - don't boo, vote,' Obama responded. 'Vote. Voting is the best revenge.'" The Romney campaign immediately announced plans for a television ad featuring footage of Obama and then a clip of Romney saying that people ought not to vote for "revenge" but because of “love of country.” Before they get into the editing room, however, the folks over at Romney campaign HQ might want to call Calvin Tomkins, longtime art writer at the New Yorker.
November 3, 2012 |
MARIETTA, Ohio - Continuing the Romney campaign's assault on President Obama's “revenge” comments, Paul Ryan appeared in southeastern Ohio on Saturday morning, chastising the president for failing to fulfill his promises. “In 2008, he appealed to our higher aspirations. Now, he's appealing to lowest fears,” Ryan said before an enthusiastic crowd in a recreation center at Marietta College, located on the Muskingum River on the border with West Virginia. “Just yesterday, he was asking supporters at a rally to vote out of revenge.
November 3, 2012 |
This post has been updated. Please see details below. NEWINGTON, N.H. - [ Updated, 10:19 a.m.: Mitt Romney seized on a remark President Obama made about voting against the GOP nominee as the “best revenge,” highlighting the comment on the stump and planning to air an ad on it as he launched a three-state, four-rally day on Saturday.] The dust-up is over a comment Obama made on Friday while stumping in Springfield, Ohio. When the president mentioned Romney's name, the crowd booed.
October 25, 2012 |
He's had more than a minute to think about his minute of decline. Nearly a year ago, Cain Velasquez saw the fulfillment of his lifetime of fighting dashed in an instant by the massive punching power of Junior Dos Santos. Velasquez battled from the farmlands of Central California to become an Arizona State wrestler, and ultimately defeated pro wrestling legend Brock Lesnar to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight title. His first defense was the UFC's highly publicized debut bout on Fox, the only fight of the night.
October 7, 2012 |
If there's anything more American than a college football game, it's the marching band's halftime show. Baseball games don't have it. Pro football games rarely have it. Hockey games definitely don't have it. It's a beloved oddity of tuba-flavored Americana jammed halfway between four quarters of watching giant men batter one another. And despite the brutality of American football - where the athletes get bigger and faster every year and careers are brutish and short - marching bands have helped usher nerd culture into the mainstream.