January 29, 2013 |
Video footage of mischievous motorists cutting across traffic and ripping a set of tire-smoking doughnuts has again hit YouTube, causing an uproar among concerned citizens and authorities. The most recent videos, one shot in Oakland and the other in West Covina, show the latest in a string of incidents witnessed across the country as organized groups perform audacious choreographed tricks -- typically reserved for the most daring Hollywood stunt drivers -- on public streets. Such events have also been reported and prosecuted in Washington, D.C. , and Atlanta.
December 31, 2012 |
Race car driver Ken Block speeds down a narrow band of asphalt in his souped-up Ford Fiesta, careening through the "Back to the Future" set on Universal Studios' back lot. The speedometer flies toward 80. Block's eyes are fixed on the road as he accelerates toward an invitation-only crowd of gear heads in town for the Los Angeles Auto Show. When he whips around the corner toward Courthouse Square in Marty McFly's hometown, Block sees a sea of undistinguishable faces. He plants his foot on the accelerator, then pulls back on a massive hand brake on his right side.
November 17, 2012 |
Is David Lyle, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, being coy when he says he didn't expect a major dust-up over his decision to air the movie "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" a few days ahead of the hotly contested U.S. presidential election? Or is he just crafty, using a film that quickly became a political football as an attention-grabbing centerpiece of his fall schedule? Despite some critics' charge that the film could give President Obama an unfair boost, Lyle said he had no second thoughts about showing it on a Sunday night two days before Americans were to go to the polls.
November 17, 2012 |
JUAZEIRO, Brazil - As 6-year-old Ana Jamil skips up to the school gates, she has a simple question for the principal: "Is there class today?" Children here are in the habit of asking, because their teachers often don't show up, as hers didn't the day before. When Jose Pereira da Silva Municipal School does hold class, students spend just a little more than three hours a day with teachers who are woefully unprepared. "Around here, there are teachers who can't even read and write," principal Maria Olivia Andrade says.
November 8, 2012 |
For seven years, he was the most famous driver you never saw. And with the next James Bond film 'Skyfall' opening this week, you still won't see him in action. But he's there. Known alternately as the Stig from BBC's "Top Gear," a stunt driver in such films as "The Dark Knight Rises" and "National Treasure 2," and a professional race car driver in Europe and Australia, Ben Collins has made a career of driving fast on camera while his face is completely obscured by a helmet. That trend continues in "Skyfall.
October 31, 2012 |
Kay D'Arcy didn't expect what Hollywood had in store for her. At an age when others have been relegated to playing invalids and dowagers, D'Arcy will appear as Agent 88, an assassin who keeps the deadly tools of her trade tucked into her hair bun. The octogenarian avenger dispenses evildoers with acrobatic moves that would impress Jackie Chan. In the opening episode of the Web series "Agent 88," D'Arcy demonstrates her martial arts skills in an encounter with thugs surrounding the bloodied body of their victim.
October 23, 2012 |
When British TV personality Richard Hammond was searching for an A-list American stuntman to teach him the techniques of one of Hollywood's oldest trades, he turned to Rick Avery, a former Santa Barbara police officer who has doubled for Dustin Hoffman, Richard Gere and John Travolta. Avery, who has worked on hundreds of movies, including “The Dark Knight Rises” and Warner Bros.' upcoming “Gangster Squad,” gave Hammond a four-day course on his craft, instructing him on the basics: how to stage fights, jump off buildings, roll a car and even set himself on fire.
October 16, 2012 |
Pizza Hut has backed off its planned stunt to get the question "sausage or pepperoni?" asked during the live, televised presidential debate Tuesday night. The company had dared guests to ask President Obama and Mitt Romney to divulge their topping of choice during the town hall-style event in return for one large pizza every week for 30 years or a check for $15,600. But now, after a surge of disdain in response to the stunt, the pizza purveyor said it's putting the promotion online instead.
October 12, 2012 |
Justin Bieber fans are devout, so much so that a simple sneeze from the pop star could likely spur a conversation on Twitter. So when there's word of naked Bieber photos or videos out in the ether, watch out. Bieber ended the week by having a little fun with his loyal fanbase. Bieber, it turns out, was behind a rather cheeky publicity stunt to celebrate the release of his latest video, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Beauty and a Beat.” Earlier this week, amid scarfing down spaghetti Bolognese and milk dinners and being “swaggie” on tour, the singer tweeted that his computer was stolen.
September 18, 2012 |
You may want to think twice before sticking that pacifier back in your baby boy's mouth: Three new studies, published Tuesday as a single research report, find that heavy pacifier use leads to stunted emotional development among males. The researchers, led by scientists from the University of Wisconsin, did not spend the years it would take to track a single group of kids from infancy through adulthood. Instead, they conducted three separate experiments that attempted to get at the same developmental stages.