February 13, 2013 |
With the succcess of Judd Apatow's movies, one stample of romantic comedies has become the loser adult guy who finds love. Once, that guy was a 40-year-old virgin working in an electronics store. Another time, he was a slacker on a bong water-stained couch. In the hands of other writers, he has changed -- he's become, of all things, a writer. The new film "Finding Joy," which opened in limited release last week, features a writer who is such a failure that he has to move in with his parents.
October 9, 2011 |
If you're a traveling touch-screen user, you may want to pack this stylish stylus. The Griffin Stylus/Pen/Laser Pointer ($49.99) is a rubber-tipped touch-screen stylus with a pen at the other end, and - here's the breakthrough - a cap that snaps over either end. As a bonus, a battery-powered push-button laser pointer is built into the cap, which also has a pocket clip. The ballpoint pen is refillable. Just what you need to interact with smaller screen elements while having ready access to writing and presentation tools.
February 10, 2011
Celebrate Valentine's weekend with a four-night tribute to the silver screen's most romantic films at "Romancing the Screen. " With the tear-jerker "The Notebook," the May/December love of "Harold and Maude" and the grand, old-fashioned romances of "Casablanca" and "Gone With the Wind" ? even the dark and twisted obsession of "Double Indemnity" ? there's something to make almost every heart beat a little faster. The Aero Theatre, 14th Street and Montana Ave., Santa Monica, and the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
July 19, 2012 |
With the advent of tablets and growing ubiquity of smartphones, a new Olympic sport has emerged: screen juggling. And men probably will take the gold in that competition, as they are more likely than woman to follow the Olympic Games on three or more devices, according to a new poll. It seems that 40% of those who plan to follow the Summer Olympics starting next week will do it on two or more devices, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll. Instead of channel surfing, 14% of U.S. adults surveyed said they planned to follow the Games by screen shifting among three or more devices -- that's more devices than hands to hold them.
March 21, 2012 |
We all know who's going to win in an iPad versus iPad 2 drop test -- gravity, of course. But which generation holds up better in a face-to-sidewalk meeting? With a stack of iPads old and new, the good folks at SquareTrade happily took on this question. They dropped the new iPad and its older sister, iPad 2, from several different heights with the screens facing up and facing down. In the drop from waist level face up, the iPad 2, you see from the real-time and slow-motion replay, survives intact, despite a good thud.
November 14, 2012 |
Samsung, looking for a competitive edge in the smartphone market, is reportedly set to roll out devices with bendable display screens. The South Korean tech giant is working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable," a report by the Wall Street Journal says. Samsung isn't the only company to do work on flexible displays, but according to the report, the company has entered the final stage of development and hopes to be the first player to begin mass production of the technology.
May 25, 2012
Looking for a different way to observe Memorial Day? "Until They are Home," a documentary about the effort to recover the remains of U.S. Marines killed on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa during a battle in 1943, will be screened at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in L.A., complete with a color guard and the playing of taps. The screening, which includes a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Steven C. Barber, is free, but an RSVP is suggested at http://www.untiltheyarehome.com . The event begins at 6 p.m. Monday at 7920 Sunset Blvd.
June 24, 2010
MOVIES Join director Joel Schumacher ("Batman & Robin," "Flatliners") for a screening of his newest film, "Twelve," based on the critically acclaimed novel by Nick McDonell, which was written when the author was just 17. The story centers around students in the elite Upper East Side prep school world of sex, drugs and college admissions, and culminates in a birthday party that no one is likely to forget. Chase Crawford and Emma Roberts star with narrator Kiefer Sutherland. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
June 15, 2012 |
The first time Jon Hamm ever saw himself on screen was as an extra in a Missouri lottery commercial. Aaron Paul's debut was a Method-acted Corn Pops commercial, while Julianna Margulies learned the dangers of lying about job skills on her first movie. She had told Steven Seagal she was Puerto Rican, only to have him request she speak her lines in Spanish: “I was like, you know, I'm a Jew and Spanish is not my second language.... I was mortified that that was my first moment on the screen.” Their "firsts" was one of many topics discussed when The Times brought together Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
July 12, 2009 |
Back in the 1960s, two hugely popular literary characters ruled the pages of more than 10 novels each. Though it was a famously transformative decade, both were old-school men's men who loved risk, adventure, liquor and attractive women. Both protagonists became touchstones of their eras. They differed in significant ways -- one was English, suave, favored bone-dry martinis, and worked for a large government organization.