March 13, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - A lot of people think they know what the real story of the movie "Noah" should be. They are likely some of the same people who think they know what the real story of the man Noah is. Darren Aronofsky, the director of the new movie about the man and the great flood, is ready to rain on what he believes is their misinformed parade. "Noah has been turned into a nursery school story," said the director and co-writer of "Noah," which had its world premiere in Mexico City on Monday night.
December 13, 2013 |
The fury of a woman scorned is just one of the perils encountered in "Dangerous Women," a splendid cross-genre anthology featuring original stories by a number of writers, male and female. The title invokes that of "Dangerous Visions," Harlan Ellison's groundbreaking 1967 science fiction anthology, and even though there are no real game-changers here, it's an impressive assembly of work by mostly well-known authors, with a few relative newcomers who make a strong impression. Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and founding editor of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" series, has at least 100 anthologies to his credit, six co-edited with George R.R. Martin.
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February 21, 2013 |
A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, "Bless Me, Ultima" makes a difficult task look easy. It combines innocence and experience, the darkness and wonder of life, in a way that is not easy to categorize but a rich pleasure to watch. Taken from Rudolfo Anaya's landmark book, perhaps the bestselling Chicano novel of all time, "Bless Me, Ultima" presented certain obstacles. Though its protagonist is a very young boy, what he observes of life is not exclusively kindhearted. The story has the honesty of emotion you'd associate with having a 6-year-old as protagonist, but likely material for a Disney film this is not. More than that, "Bless Me, Ultima," set in the New Mexico of 1944, posits an age of wonders and miracles where magic realism informs young Antonio Marez's sense of how strange and unfathomable the world can seem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 |
I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on edge lately. I find myself wondering if I should buy earthquake insurance, or why my dog is cocking his head as if he knows something I don't. This is partly because there's been more rocking and rolling than usual, and partly because of what we're learning about how shamefully unprepared we are for a Big One. And now I have more cause for concern.
June 12, 2010 |
Readers over 30 may not recognize manga artist Takehiko Inoue's name, but teens and twentysomethings in America, Japan, France, Brazil and 19 other countries follow the misadventures of basketball star wanna-be Hanamichi Sakuragi in "Slam Dunk," samurai Miyamoto Musashi's progress on the musha shugyo ("warrior's path") in "Vagabond" and the struggles of wheelchair basketball ace Kiyoharu Togawa in "Real." Inoue has sold more than 157 million books worldwide. Born in 1967 in Kagoshima prefecture, Inoue attended Kumamoto University but dropped out to concentrate on manga.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
April 14, 1993
"Get It if You Can" and "Girls Also Use Sex" (March 25) featured students' responses to the Lakewood High School posse story. Only one respondent (Gloria) mentions the real possibility of contracting a venereal disease in indiscriminate sexual encounters. Do any of these boys, anxious to up their sex scores, practice safe sex? This should have been part of your article. LOUISE HAUTER La Canada
September 10, 1986 |
Three gunmen kidnaped the top official of the International Lions Club in Lebanon and Jordan today, a day after an American educator was abducted in Muslim West Beirut on his way to play golf. Police identified today's kidnaping victim as Victor Kenou, a Christian Lebanese of Syrian origin. He was abducted at gunpoint at 9:35 a.m. near the French Embassy compound in West Beirut, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
March 14, 2012 |
The first phase of the multi-stage unveiling of the Fantasyland makeover has moved into "soft opening" mode in advance of an official unveiling later this month at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Photos: Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom Three years in the making, the new Fantasyland at Orlando's Walt Disney World resort adds a Little Mermaid dark ride and a Seven Dwarfs roller coaster while updating the classic Dumbo ride and recreating the village from "Beauty and the Beast.
October 25, 2012
Re "Bid to end the death penalty airs its first ads," Oct. 23 The Proposition 34 campaign claims the death penalty is expensive, futile and inhumane. Death penalty supporters claim that a life sentence without the possibility of parole denies closure to the victims' families, coddles murders and would save the taxpayer no money. I plan to vote for the proposition, but I wish it included a provision to allow the convicts to ask for a prompt death. Who is qualified to say whether death by injection is more or less humane than a life in prison?