December 25, 2013 |
What: Winter/spring meeting. When: The meeting opens today and runs through April 20; racing resumes April 25 through June 29. Racing is Thursdays through Sundays. First post is noon today, then 12:30 p.m. after that. Highlights: $1 hot dogs, beers and sodas on Jan. 1; racing on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20; Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day on Jan. 25; Santa Anita Handicap on March 8; Santa Anita Derby on April 5. Tickets: General admission $5; clubhouse $10; parking $4.
December 25, 2013 |
There's no denying the increased responsibilities being placed on Santa Anita as it opens its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday. With the permanent closing of Hollywood Park, the Arcadia track takes on the expanded role of primary proponent for horse racing in Southern California. Track President George Haines said Santa Anita is ready to embrace the challenges. "What we hope to accomplish is the finest racing program in the United States," Haines said. "We have the opportunity to race in the months that have traditionally much better weather.
December 20, 2013 |
Amma Asante's British film “Belle” will kick off the 25th anniversary edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 3-13, and is expected to draw crowds in excess of 135,000. "Belle" follows the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy captain and enslaved African woman with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role. The cast also includes Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon and Tom Felton. The festival wraps up with director Roger Michell's “Le Week-End.” The film, which stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, follows a married couple's trip to Paris in an attempt to rekindle their love.
December 20, 2013 |
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories. The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep. Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
December 18, 2013 |
The 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring three-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep with its Icon Award. The actress, who won her Academy Awards for 1989's "Kramer Vs. Kramer," 1982's "Sophie's Choice" and 2011's "The Iron Lady," will receive the festival's honor at its awards gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Streep has already received lead actress nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Movie Awards for her performance as matriarch of a dysfunctional family in "August: Osage County," which opens Dec. 27. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "We're overjoyed to recognize Meryl Streep for yet another Oscar-worthy performance in 'August: Osage County," festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement.
December 17, 2013 |
Three years ago Tuesday, the Arab Spring began when 26-year-old vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in suicidal protest against the political repression and limited economic opportunity offered in dictator Zine el Abidine ben Ali's Tunisia. This literal spark ignited dramatic political change across the Middle East. Today, Tunisia's stalled transition remains the last, best prospect for a democratic blossoming from the Arab Spring. Hope lives on because Tunisia has learned from the other derailed democratic experiments in the region, notably in Iraq, Egypt and Libya.
December 16, 2013 |
Tom Hanks is the recipient of the the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival's Chairman's Award for his work as the leader of a ship overrun by pirates in "Captain Phillips" and as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks. " The two-time Oscar winner will receive his award Jan. 4 at the film festival's awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. "Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of his generation," festival Chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement Monday. "In a remarkable feat that vividly illustrates the range of his talent, he portrayed two real life characters, each with a powerhouse performance in its own right.
December 14, 2013 |
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on. So naturally, when online award spots started appearing, promoting Franco for his role as a "gangster mystic" in Harmony Korine's outrageous indie hit "Spring Breakers," it was hard to know what to make of it. In fact, one ad plays on this confusion. "Are you being serious?"
December 12, 2013 |
The 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival, which will take place Jan. 3-13, announced a new program Thursday spotlighting Canadian cinema. It also revealed the films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section and unveiled the lineup for the Modern Masters showcase. "We've selected Canadian films for a special focus at this year's festival for many reasons, not the least of which is the wealth of talent emerging from its relatively small, indigenous film industry, and the depth and richness of story and character portrayal its films exemplify," festival director Darryl Macdonald said in a statement.
December 8, 2013 |
MannKind Corp. in Valencia is attempting to revolutionize the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with its first product: an inhaled form of insulin powder called Afrezza that would eliminate the need for most injections. The company hopes to get federal approval for the Afrezza inhaler system by spring. The company's future and that of its 246 employees are riding on that goal. The dream of an inhaled form of insulin treatment dates from the 1920s, when doctors and researchers worried that diabetes patients wouldn't want to subject themselves to regular injections.