July 24, 2013 |
There are pockets of bad-cinema fans who might conceivably be excited at what Roger Christian, director of the notoriously awful L. Ron Hubbard adaptation "Battlefield Earth," might have in store. The wait is over with the low-budget space horror flick "Stranded," co-written by Christian. It's about a four-person military moon station - led by a barking Christian Slater - that suffers "Alien"-like consequences after a crippling meteor shower brings a visit from a strange life form.
July 20, 2013 |
Reading the 250-plus reader letters so far on the George Zimmerman trial hasn't exactly been an uplifting experience. This isn't to say the letters lacked insight; on the contrary, most were earnest and well reasoned. The problem was the subject matter: Not even the most talented of writers could put a positive spin on the needless death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by Zimmerman last year in Florida following a brief altercation between the two. But even among this depressing lot was a subset of letters that especially stung.
July 18, 2013 |
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
April 26, 2013 |
So that's how you get this Congress to spend money: You cramp their vacation plans. The House on Friday passed legislation that will end the furloughing of air traffic controllers. And what got these famously contentious representatives off their duffs? Here's a hint from my colleague Lisa Mascaro's story : Final passage of the quickly arranged stopgap measure came as lawmakers were boarding their own flights out of Washington for a weeklong recess. Yes indeed: Step right this way to board, congressman, for another on-time flight to get you home.
April 21, 2013 |
Author Lemony Snicket and children's book illustrator Jon Klassen sparred over their book "The Dark" at the Target Children's Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books . Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, who always denies he is Snicket, wrote the words and Klassen created the illustrations for "The Dark. " It's a picture book that features Laszlo, a child who's afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the boy's home, and the story is about how Laszlo overcomes his fear. Klassen, author of his own books such as "This Is Not My Hat" and "I Want My Hat Back," started things off and invited the author to join him on stage.
March 14, 2013
Only in Los Angeles would a liberal Democrat who has campaigned time and again with strong labor support stand accused of being this city's version of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who earned labor's undying enmity for ending collective bargaining rights in his state. And yet that's precisely the latest wrinkle in the Los Angeles mayor's race. As The Times reported Wednesday, Controller Wendy Greuel made her pitch for labor support in part by suggesting that her opponent in the May 21 runoff election, Councilman Eric Garcetti, violated collective bargaining rules when he supported a change in retirement benefits for city employees last year.