August 23, 2013 |
Onto the Scranton, Pa., stage the vice president came on Friday, in vintage form. He pumped his fist. He pointed at friends arrayed there, in his hometown. He bellowed a favorite insult: “Malarkey!” He smiled the broad Irish smile, undimmed. The only reference to the terror of the week - camping out with his adult son at a cancer center in Texas - came when he told the crowd that “things are good at home in Delaware.” “My son Beau's fine; sends his love.…He's doing well,” Biden said, leaving unstated whether he was offering a medical diagnosis or an attitudinal one. It was another example of what Biden would no doubt gladly do without, but which has formed him: the merging of personal strife and his political life, and the tenacity required to get through it all. His first wife and their daughter were killed in a car accident shortly after his first election in 1972, as they were out Christmas shopping.
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July 16, 2013 |
When the jury first began deliberations in the George Zimmerman murder trial last week, half of the six-woman panel thought he was guilty. Of those leaning toward conviction, two thought he had committed manslaughter and one thought he was guilty of second-degree murder. I find that tidbit - revealed by the only juror who has spoken publicly about the case so far - immensely comforting. Even if their minds were eventually changed by the arguments of their peers, three jurors on the all-woman, mostly white panel believed that Zimmerman had committed a crime.
June 26, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - Basketball-crazed countries around the world tuned in to see the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in a tense Game 7 of the NBA Finals last week. Now, league officials are hoping audiences in China, its largest international market, will soon be enthralled by a different kind of hoops drama: a 3-D sci-fi basketball movie featuring some of the NBA's top names. The $10-million film, "Amazing," features New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Lakers center Dwight Howard and former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen in supporting roles and had its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival last week.
April 14, 2013 |
“Saturday Night Live” host Vince Vaughn seemed to favor bizarre sketches (“How about a scene where a rich man comes down from a hill and dances with all the boys at the prom ?” “What if there was a play where all the actors had short-term memory los s?”) over topical, but last night's episode did feature a Fred Armisen-led current events sketch that touched on that particular cast member's strengths: musical parody , crude British accents and subverting the stereotype of the angry young man characte r. In the week since Margaret Thatcher passed away, much has been written about the pop culture created in angry response to her politics, which was a topic “SNL” turned on its head.
April 8, 2013 |
Annette Funicello, who died Monday at age 70, will be forever remembered as the child performer from the "Mickey Mouse Club. " And it was on this program, which aired in its original incarnation from 1955 to 1959, that the broadest range of the young star's talents were displayed. She was first discovered by Walt Disney during a ballet performance for her school in Burbank, and later on "The Mickey Mouse Club" she was allowed to showcase those ballet skills. She also acted in several of the show's serials and even got her own serial, "Annette," in which she played a country girl who moves in with her city-dwelling and sophisticated aunt and uncle.
April 8, 2013 |
Roll over, Hank Williams, and tell Patsy Cline the news: Nashville has a new top music award show. Sunday's 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS drew 15.4 million total viewers, according to early data from Nielsen (final ratings won't be published until Tuesday). It was the first time since at least 1987 that the ACMs beat the same season's airing of its rival, the Country Music Assn. awards telecast on ABC. Last November, the CMAs crooned for 13.7 million total viewers.