June 8, 2013 |
Scrape the bugs off your windshield and check your radiator coolant because the next few months are stacking up to be one of the top summers for road trips in years. With consumer confidence up, fuel prices down and frustration over airline fees growing, Americans are expected to hit the road in big numbers over the next few months, rolling to such hot spots as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe. Travel experts and surveys conducted in the last few weeks point to a season of busy freeways and crowded roadside attractions.
April 25, 2013 |
Melancholy and middle America aren't usually seen in the rom-com world. In "Arthur Newman," a romantic comedy that unfolds during a road trip to Terra Haute, Ind., they are refreshingly unexpected elements that soften us up for the rough patches the film hits along the way. Also working in the film's favor are Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, both well-versed in comedy and about as appealing on screen as actors come. They star as a couple of depressed souls whose paths cross one night at the edge of a seedy motel swimming pool.
April 20, 2013 |
The Tidy Table Tray plus Flexi-Diner looks like a giant clipboard, except the clip is on the bottom instead of the top, and it holds food instead of papers. The Tidy Table is a highchair tray, minus the highchair. The large pressure clip on its underside grabs firmly onto pretty much any tabletop. A removable insert fits over the tray, lifting out for a quick washing without having to remove the whole tray. The insert has an extended lip that helps keep spills off your child's lap and compartments in the insert hold a cup and slidable things such as peas and snacks.
March 31, 2013 |
CINCINNATI — The Angels' season-opening trip to Cincinnati and Texas is doubling as a Josh Hamilton reunion tour. Hamilton, a 31-year-old outfielder who signed a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels in December, made his major league debut in Great American Ball Park almost exactly six years ago, appearing as a pinch-hitter for the Reds against the Chicago Cubs on April 2, 2007. His first big league hit, a home run at Arizona, came eight days later. Hamilton went on to hit .292 with 19 home runs and 47 runs batted in as a rookie for the Reds, who traded him to Texas for pitcher Edinson Volquez the following winter.
March 24, 2013 |
On the Road Available on VOD beginning Monday Director Walter Salles, screenwriter José Rivera and producer Francis Ford Coppola have given themselves the almost-impossible task of adapting Jack Kerouac's beloved Beat Generation novel "On the Road," a fictionalized account of Kerouac's late '40s cross-country road trips with his live-wire buddy Neal Cassady. Salles shoots for a simultaneously poetic and realistic style, similar to that in his art-house hit "The Motorcycle Diaries"; and he has a good cast, with Sam Riley as Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund as the Cassady character, Dean Moriarty.
March 21, 2013 |
It's not a good omen for "The Croods," about a likable family of Paleolithic cave dwellers, when a joke about "the first joke" falls flat. I don't fault the actors. The character voices provided by Nicolas Cage as the Croods' cautious dad, Grug; Emma Stone as Eep, his rebellious teenager, desperate to get out of the cave; Ryan Reynolds as Guy, the outsider who sees the future; Catherine Keener as ever-patient mom Ugga; and Cloris Leachman as cranky Gran are spot on. But "The Croods" was primed for problems before its 3-D characters found themselves right in the middle of the first continental divide.
March 12, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Let me tell you about Josh Hamilton's first rocket ship of spring. It isn't a perfect home run. He gets under it a bit more than he would've liked, so it's towering, corpulent, full of cha-cha. At last sighting, it was in geosynchronous orbit with Earth. NBC was about to bounce Brian Williams' evening newscasts off of it, and someone at Palomar was pronouncing it a planet. So no, it wasn't a perfect home run by any means. But it got your attention, all right. It was the kind of celestial event befitting the newest Angel.
March 10, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- “Don't even get me started. That was the greatest thing that happened for geeks ever.” Joss Whedon is debating a moment in the history of the sci-fi TV series “Battlestar Galactica” with cast members from his new film, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Huddled in a booth at the Josephine House, a tiny restaurant in Austin's historic Clarksville neighborhood, the tired but amiable group had been together in tight quarters for...
March 3, 2013 |
If you thought all you needed for a good road trip was a full tank of gas, a great playlist and a good friend, think again. Road trips can get a lot more awesome. Name: Roadtrippers.com and its companion app Available for: iOS What it does: Puts road trip resources, pop culture experiences and foodie suggestions at your fingertips. Use on the road or plan your itinerary in advance. Cost: Free What's hot: I'm a sucker for clean design and an intuitive nav, but there's a lot more here to be excited about.
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.