January 28, 2009 |
Joyful, choreographed dance numbers staged in crumbling Mumbai train stations are not how most American films end. Yet when just such a scene crops up in "Slumdog Millionaire," the moment is perfectly apt. Sure, it's a Bollywood-meets-Hollywood ending, and the train station is key to the film. But those familiar with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy's oeuvre may note that dancing-amid-decrepitude is almost a given.
May 2, 2010 |
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
July 6, 2009 |
'Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders?" During the bitter winter of 1914-15, the first lord of the Admiralty posed this urgent question to Britain's prime minister. The eighth anniversary of 9/11, now fast approaching, invites attention to a similar question: Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to choke on the dust of Iraq and Afghanistan?
July 30, 2009
When Californians voted to legitimize medical marijuana in 1996, they probably didn't realize they were stepping into a legal and regulatory minefield. Today, there are hundreds of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in Los Angeles, which are caught in quasi-legal limbo -- barely regulated, largely untaxed, sanctioned by the state but subject to raids by federal drug agents.
July 10, 2011
Question: On June 19, a relative staying at the Andaz West Hollywood called to ask my wife and me to pick her up. We were in church so my wife had turned off her cellphone. Finally our family member got through, but when she checked out, she was shocked to find she was charged about $200 for nine less-than-one-minute phone calls that went to our voicemail. English is her second language, and she didn't question the charge. Any advice as to how we should proceed? -- Paul Cross, Rancho Cucamonga Answer: Hold the phone.
May 9, 2009 |
If foulmouthed, champagne-swilling Patsy from "Absolutely Fabulous" can shame and defeat your government, then is it time to throw in the towel? The answer from Britons of all stripes these days is an increasingly loud "yes" as Gordon Brown flails to stay afloat after possibly one of his worst fortnights as Britain's prime minister. There he was Wednesday in Parliament, looking as dark as a thundercloud as the opposition mercilessly baited him and brayed for his resignation.
May 27, 2012 |
It's graduation time again, and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 1.78 million students will walk across a stage and pick up a college diploma. Then they will face terrifying statistics about employment, pressure to make their 20s the best years of their lives, and slogans that suggest that what you do right after college may not matter anyway. What not enough graduates are hearing, however, is that - recession or not - our 20s are life's developmental sweet spot.
June 24, 2007 |
Joe Saunders says the hotel room that the Angels put him in is nice, but he would love to be in a position to purchase some premium Orange County property. The 25-year-old left-hander has been with the Angels three times this season, only to be sent back to their triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. Twice this month, including this weekend, Saunders has been called up for a spot start, only to be sent back down.
March 30, 2008 |
"My mom is the third butt to the right in the sculpture," says Tiffany Koepp, 24. "I watched the unveiling on the local news. It was a big story at the time." Koepp is referring to the famous showgirls sculpture in front of the Riviera on the Strip that since 1997 has been a favorite backdrop for tourists' snaps. Nowadays, Koepp works as the company manager for "X Burlesque," the topless show her mom, Angela Stabile, has produced on the Strip since retiring from the stage.