October 27, 1994
In the news: Comic Argus Hamilton, on Time magazine's story about public schools: "The cover shows a kid raising his hand in class. That's not how it is today. Shouldn't he be raising both hands?" Comedy writer Bob Mills, on President Clinton's conduct in the Middle East: "He embarrassed Egyptian President Mubarak when he kept asking if he could meet Omar Sharif.
December 15, 2002 |
Brent Spiner's eyes are blue. This may come as a surprise to many people familiar with the actor from his best-known role. It takes yellow contact lenses, not to mention darkened hair and a coat of gold-tinted body paint, to transform Spiner into Data, the inquisitive android from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Underneath the shiny makeup, Spiner is a versatile actor who has appeared on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park with George," and in "1776."
April 2, 2012 |
Did you hear it? Cheers of elation that turned to "aw, man!" when people realized that there was no "Meh" button coming to Facebook, new"Star Trek" movie starring George Takei or GPS-enabled sippy cup for your kid. April Fool's gags, sure. But not bad ideas, really. Takei's post got 80,544 likes, hundreds of reposts and blog entries with old-school Trekkies practically drooling with excitement. He wrote: "The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in 'The Undiscovered Country.' J.J. Abrams will d irect, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
May 8, 2009 |
Ever wonder what happens to the World's Greatest Athlete after he wins the Olympic decathlon gold medal? Dan O'Brien, 1996 Olympic champion, has moved on to eclipsing new heights in . . . hopscotch. This week, O'Brien set the world hopscotch record, according to Guinness World Records, by completing a game in 1:21.63 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Which answers the question: Do they keep speed records for games of hopscotch? Less clear: Why?
May 9, 2013 |
Every filmmaker in Hollywood worth his final cut has a signature visual flourish that functions something like a filmic fingerprint. For Martin Scorsese, it's the long, uninterrupted tracking shot. For John Woo, the balletic deployment of two-handed gun violence. Wes Anderson never met a painterly tableau he didn't like. And Steven Spielberg favors the slow zoom in just about every one of his movies. J.J. Abrams , meanwhile, tends toward a cinematographic trope that looks, at first glance, like a screw-up -- lens flare -- i.e. intentionally flooding the camera frame with light to deliberately wash out or obscure the imagery on-screen.
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May 4, 2012
George Murdock Character actor often played the 'heavy' George Murdock, 81, a veteran character actor who had a recurring role as Lt. Scanlon on the television sitcom "Barney Miller" and played God in the 1989 film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," died Monday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his close friend and fellow actor Jennifer Rhodes. He had cancer. Murdock's craggy facial features and booming bass voice helped him land a steady stream of "heavy" parts in theater, film and television productions.
November 11, 1994 |
After all these years, Leonard Nimoy is unsure why "Star Trek" still enthralls. "I've tried to come at that question many times," says the man who was Spock. "There are a lot of factors: hope for the future, mankind survives, the teamwork of the characters, the avoidance of pandering and talking down to the audience, the scientific credibility. It all adds up to an interesting theatrical experience."
February 24, 2012 |
Move over, Spruce Goose. Here comes YouTube. Internet video site YouTube and marketing agency Earthbound Media Group have agreed to be the first tenants at the Hercules Campus, an office park being created by Los Angeles developer Wayne Ratkovich from buildings in Playa Vista that were once the hub of aerospace giant Hughes Aircraft Co. YouTube will take over a 41,000-square-foot warehouse and office. Earthbound Media will move its headquarters from Orange County to a 15,000-square-foot building where technicians assembled the cockpit for the legendary Hughes H-4 Hercules seaplane, commonly known as the Spruce Goose.
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October 25, 2006 |
The opening notes, low and ominous, send a chill up the spine of anyone sitting in a darkened theater. The great white shark is near, cutting through the water in pursuit of its prey. John Williams composed the music and the mounting tension it conveys for the soundtrack of the movie "Jaws." Tuba player Tommy Johnson lifted those relentlessly accelerating notes off the page, giving voice to the shark while bringing terror to the movie audience.