April 25, 2013
Jimmy Carter gets revenge on Barack Obama with the help of James Earl Jones in a Chicago Blackhawks locker room.
April 23, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before building a soundproof bedroom. The Skinny: I'm going to be groggy all day. I live behind a large apartment building and last night my annoying neighbors woke me up at 2 a.m. until I screamed for them to shut the you-know-what up. It worked. Tuesday's headlines include Netflix's strong first-quarter results and how Hollywood is going after older viewers. Daily Dose: Aereo, the start-up company that distributes broadcast TV signals via the Internet, said it will officially launch in Boston on May 15. Aereo has been in an ugly legal battle with CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and other broadcasters which claim it is stealing their signal and potentially undercutting their business.
March 12, 2013 |
Losers, also-rans, the 99% and underachievers may have reason to cheer. Winning an Emmy, a presidential election or a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame does not mean you live longer and better, according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health compared baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Emmy Award winners and former presidents and vice presidents with their losing adversaries and found that their heightened socioeconomic status didn't confer a great advantage for longevity and health.
February 25, 2013 |
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on March 31 as George R.R. Martin's saga begins its third season. Judging by the new trailer, which includes phrases such as "death is coming for everyone and everything," things are going to get pretty dark. In the last seconds, we are promised: "The revenge you want will be yours in time. " But who will get revenge? Can everyone? Earlier this month, it seemed as though fans might be ready to take out their revenge on Martin. After the author signed a two-year deal to develop new science fiction/fantasy stories for HBO, online chatter seemed to signal his readers' frustration . "George R.R. Martin STOP MAKING NEW STUFF AND JUST FINISH WHAT YOU'VE STARTED!
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
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February 9, 2013 |
As the massive search for a fugitive ex-cop suspected of three slayings continued Saturday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced that he was reopening the investigation into the firing of Christopher Jordan Dorner from the police department, the event that apparently sparked his vengeful campaign. Beck said he was reopening the investigation "not to appease a murderer" but to assure the public that his department is fair and transparent. He said he wanted to protect an "increasingly positive relationship with the community" that the LAPD has developed over the last few years.
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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.