November 12, 2013 |
Direct from the age of black-and-white television, Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men" has been redeployed to confront the issue of race relations. This Pasadena Playhouse production, which opened Sunday under the direction of artistic director Sheldon Epps, has evenly cast African American and white actors as the dozen jurors who end up splitting here along racial lines. If the result seems, well, a little too black and white for an era that, while hardly post-racial, has a bit too much gray for such a neatly polarized scheme, the play still has a way of ensnaring an audience's attention.
November 10, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: USC fans thinking Steve Sarkisian should be their next coach will be watching as Sark leads Washington into a Friday night game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Washington is 6-3 and has rebounded from three straight losses with crushing defeats over California and Colorado. 2: Oklahoma State at Texas offers the latest chance for Mack Brown to trip up the experts who insist he's going to be fired. Texas is actually undefeated in the Big 12 as Brown's Longhorns continue to pull out hair-raising victories.
November 3, 2013 |
Comebacks of the year One superstar's return was widely expected, the other's somewhat surprising. The reactions in Chicago and Cleveland were identical: It's great to see you in something besides an Armani suit. Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum didn't just make their season debuts. They ignited the hopes of two cities by appearing in games for the first time since the spring of 2012. Rose scored 12 points in his first game and then made a gravity-defying, game-winning jumper against the New York Knicks two days later.
October 28, 2013 |
An NBA season isn't just a story that writes itself. It's also kind enough to touch on every genre. There's the fantasy of LeBron James and what he might do with the ball, the romance of Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. There's the mystery of what goes on in the head of JaVale McGee. There's the Western (Conference), the league's better half. There's the horror of the Philadelphia 76ers, who might not be able to beat La Salle. The thriller of a draft lottery that will decide who gets Andrew Wiggins and the history of the Lakers and Boston Celtics, who don't have much of a present.
October 28, 2013 |
If orange is the new black, then witch is the new vampire as the spell-casting, broomstick-riding, cat-loving ladies are suddenly TV's supernatural archetype du juor. With "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Witches of East End" already on the air, it's no surprise CBS wants in on the action, but its proposed reboot of the not-too-distant-past witch series "Charmed" is getting the evil eye from two of that show's stars, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan. "Charmed" aired on the WB from 1998 to 2006 and starred Milano, McGowan, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty (for three seasons)
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October 25, 2013 |
Every Rose Parade has its queen, and the newest one is a 17-year-old varsity equestrian team captain who aspires to be a neurosurgeon. Ana Marie Acosta of Altadena was named the 2014 Rose Queen at a coronation ceremony in Pasadena on Thursday night, chosen from the s even members of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court. Together, they will make more than 100 public appearances, culminating in their featured spot in the 125th Rose Parade on Jan. 1. “It was such a great feeling because there's so many great girls up on this court and I'm so glad to be a part of them,” Ana Marie told KTLA-TV.
October 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Bank of America Corp. is slashing 1,200 jobs in its mortgage division as the company's refinancing business slows amid rising interest rates. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank made the cuts this week, a BofA representative said. The jobs are scattered around the country, including some in California, but the bank declined to elaborate. The nation's banks have experienced a sharp slowdown in once-booming profits from refinancing as mortgage rates rose from their historic lows while the housing market healed.
October 23, 2013 |
There are 10 unbeaten major-college football teams and a couple potential interlopers trying to cram into the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Oregon already got passed in the standings after scoring 62 points in a blowout win. Leaves are starting to turn and so are some stomachs, but the committee led by Tom Osborne and the Hastings Selection Singers can't help until next year. Is it time to panic? Well, it depends. If you are Oregon the answer is no and if you are Ohio State the answer is yes. If you are Texas Tech the answer is "please take a seat and fill out these application forms.
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October 22, 2013 |
The rise in tuition at public colleges slowed this year to the smallest increase in more than three decades, although financial aid has not kept pace to cover the hikes, according to a College Board study released Wednesday. At public four-year colleges and universities across the country, the average price for tuition and fees rose 2.9% this year - the smallest annual rise in 38 years - to $8,893 for in-state students, the report said. Room and board adds about $9,500. However, analysts urged students and families to pay closer attention to what they described as the more important figure: the net average cost after grants, tax credits and deductions.
October 18, 2013 |
Pete Rose of baseball fame and his second wife, Carol, have listed a home in Sherman Oaks for sale at $2.15 million. Entered through a gated courtyard, the contemporary Spanish-style house features a grand foyer, skylights, wrought-iron railings, six bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,719 square feet of living space. The kitchen has three sinks, two dishwashers and three ovens -- plenty of equipment to cook for a starting lineup. The quarter-acre site also contains a swimming pool with spa, a covered patio and a detached multi-use structure.