September 25, 2013 |
Hokie Stone helmets are sure to be the talk of the college football world Friday morning. That's what they're calling the new headgear Virginia Tech will be wearing during their nationally televised game against Georgia Tech on Thursday night because that's exactly what they look like. There's probably many people who don't know what a Hokie is (a made-up word from the late 19th century that has become the nickname of all Virginia Tech teams), let alone Hokie Stone. Hokie Stone is a type of rock that is mined near the Blacksburg university and used on a lot of buildings on campus.
September 19, 2013 |
Since joining the judging panel on "American Idol" last year, Keith Urban's constantly reminded of the one thing that separates the winners from the runners-up: hard work. "The other day, I was getting a bit worn down by people who were coming in to audition who just weren't good enough," the 45-year-old New Zealand-born country singer, songwriter and guitarist said recently from his home in Nashville. "They would start the pleading, 'I really want this!' You know," he added with a laugh, "nobody is walking in saying, 'I passively want this.' But it's not a job interview.
September 17, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - It was an act of utter desperation. It was 2008 and the woman had just escaped from a western Kenyan church that had been torched by a mob, where children had been burned to death. Then she watched her brother get struck in the throat by an arrow fired by an attacker with a rival ethnic group. The woman, known only as Witness 536, testifying Tuesday against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto at his International Criminal Court trial, said she did the only thing she could think of to save her brother.
August 27, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin has said he anticipates that quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler will both play Thursday against Hawaii. But Kiffin is not revealing how he intends to parse playing time. He has said that Wittek and Kessler would not alternate series and that they probably would not alternate quarters. "We're not going to put anything set in stone about plays or quarters or series," Kiffin said Monday, adding "We'll get a feel for how the game is going and make decisions as we go. " Wittek started two games last season.
August 18, 2013 |
Some bands are better than others. Chord by chord, line by line, beat by beat, hook by glorious hook, none is as convincing in 2013 as the Queens of the Stone Age. Even their codas kill. The 6,000 heads moving in lockstep unison Saturday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre during "No One Knows" offered undeniable proof. With necks rubbery, noggins kept time with the Queens' rolling thunder beat as if snipers were commanding it from above, chunka-chunka riffs pushing through the venue as the band carried its devoted base through a song about rules to follow, pills to swallow. They traveled with Queens founder-singer-guitarist-desert dweller Josh Homme "through the desert of the mind with no hope," drifted through the ocean, "dead lifeboats in the sun," as the perfectly engineered band hummed. The group has been on the road for dozens of dates this summer, and holy boulders does it show.
August 15, 2013 |
"The Patience Stone," based on the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, has been made into a powerful, hypnotic, often remarkable film by the Afghan-born author, who directed and co-scripted with venerable screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. But it's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that seals this cinematic deal. She's superb. Set in an unspecified war-torn country (the media notes call it "Afghanistan or elsewhere"; characters also go unnamed)
August 14, 2013 |
The patience stone ( syngue sabour) of Persian mythology is a magical black stone that receives the problems of those who confide in it. According to myth, when the stone has absorbed all the pain and suffering of the person, it will shatter and free the individual from his or her woes. In writer-director Atiq Rahimi's new film, "The Patience Stone," which opens Friday, the legendary object takes the form of the comatose husband of a Muslim woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani)
August 7, 2013 |
Kiehl's is scheduled to wrap up its fourth annual Life Ride for amfAR on Thursday at the Grove in Los Angeles. The nine-day motorcycle caravan from Seattle to L.A. is to end with the cyclists riding up to the shopping mecca. Actress Sharon Stone, whose film "Lovelace" opens Friday, is scheduled to accept Kiehl's donation on behalf of amfAR , the Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition there will be performances by Kelis and DJ Spinderella, an interactive photo booth with Harley-Davidson, temporary tattoos and more.