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April 21, 2013 |
Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith.
April 11, 2013 |
You won't be surprised to hear that a movie called "Fists of Legend" boasts plenty of hand-to-hand (and foot-to-body) contact. But the title of this overlong yet involving Korean actioner is a wink too. It refers to a fictional TV show that recruits middle-aged citizens to relive their high school fighting days in hyped-up mixed martial arts battles, all for the chance at fleeting reality fame and quick cash. Lured to perform are three long-estranged buddies - noodle shop-owning widower and ex-boxer Deok-kyu (Hwang Jung-min)
April 6, 2013 |
If you were trying to conjure up a perfect group cardio workout, it just might look like one of the classes at ElliptiFit. Classes at the boutique fitness studio in Los Angeles offer a low-impact, full-body workout. There's upbeat music. Individualized instruction. It's all over in a brisk 45 minutes. And, best of all, classes take place under low lights, so you don't have to worry about sticking out like a sore thumb if you've never seen an elliptical machine before, much less danced with one. ElliptiFit is the brainchild of owner and head fitness instructor Annette Comerchero, who says her goal was "the best possible workout you can get, in the shortest amount of time possible, having the most fun. " Check, check and check.
March 21, 2013 |
Bobby Brown has taken the turnstile approach to jail, serving his 55-day sentence with only eight hours behind bars Wednesday. Just when he thought he was in, they pulled him back out again - or something like that? The R&B singer will now spend eight days wearing an electronic ankle bracelet, according to L.A. Now , which reported that county probation officials decided to go the monitoring route. Prior to that, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department had said Brown was likely to serve only nine days max because of overcrowding and time off for good behavior and the like.
March 11, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Of Danny Boyle and Rick Smith's many musical collaborations, DJ'ing a party at South by Southwest should have been the simplest. After all, the “Slumdog Millionaire” director and the producer-keyboardist from the English techno duo Underworld have worked together in the past on such ambitious and varied projects as the sprawling 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies in London and the grotesquely memorable toilet diving scene in “Trainspotting,”...
March 6, 2013 |
Built Custom Burgers, a new burger joint by The Counter will open by March 15 near the University of Southern California campus. Like The Counter, the new 1,800-square-foot space that seats up to 40 people will offer customizable creations with a lower price point and a fast-casual format. But the new Built Custom Burgers lets guests choose their burger toppings while the burger's being made. You can also create your burger online and swing by to pick it up. All the burgers will be quarter-pound patties, as opposed to The Counter's third-pound, two-thirds-pound and 1-pound burger options.