October 6, 2001 |
They are separated by the San Francisco Bay, the color of their uniforms and little else. These days, Jose Cortez and Sebastian Janikowski are leading parallel lives. It seems that way, at least, with 49er Cortez leading the league in scoring (31 points) and Janikowski right behind (30) for the Raiders. Both players were weaned on soccer, came to the United States in their early teens, and didn't play football until their last years of high school.
April 25, 2013 |
Gwyneth Paltrow was named the world's most beautiful woman by People magazine on Wednesday, and she was clearly feeling foxy when she turned up at the premiere for her new film, "Iron Man 3," later that day. The 40-year-old actress walked onto the red carpet in a jaw-dropper of a gown with sheer side panels that showed off her taut derriere. Paltrow, however, said she selected the Antonio Berardi dress because the top portion reminded her of a superhero -- not because she wanted to flaunt her figure.
October 8, 2013 |
The numbers said "Kick-Ass 2" was going to do just that. Before its theatrical release, audience tracking surveys estimated the superhero action-comedy could gross as much as $25 million its opening weekend. Instead, the sequel took in only $13 million, finishing far behind the civil rights drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and earning "Kick-Ass 2" an instant reputation as a flop. For decades, tracking was used by studios to determine filmgoer interest ahead of a new movie's release and tell marketing executives where to spend their ad dollars.
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May 1, 1988 |
It's Friday night at the drive-in. As the pale-skinned hero of the season's hot new martial-arts flick snaps the bones of the Asian archvillain, the Winnetka 6 erupts in honking horns and flashing headlights. The movie that has the big-wheeled pickups beeping is "Bloodsport." Advertised as the true story of an American who defeated all comers 13 years ago in a no-holds-barred international tournament of warriors, the movie opened last month at 800 U.S.
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October 1, 1999 |
The mother of Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week against her son-in-law, Al Joyner, in what she said is part of an escalating family dispute over control of the famed runner's legacy. The four-page complaint includes few specific allegations other than the charge that Joyner failed to "exercise reasonable care to avoid foreseeable risk of harm" to his wife and that "harmful or offensive touching" caused her death.
October 16, 1991 |
Ruth Deadmon, a near mute, waits outside the office of Dr. Daniel Truong, desperately hoping her voice can be restored. Deadmon is typical of Truong's patients: She awoke one day with what she thought was laryngitis. It has lasted seven years. Deadmon's condition has become so severe she sometimes cannot eat. She no longer answers her phone.
March 28, 2008
"Superhero Movie," a PG-13 rated genre spoof starring Leslie Nielsen, opens in wide release today but was not screened in advance for critics. The Times review will appear in Monday's Calendar and online as soon as it is available.
July 19, 2003 |
Hugh M. Hefner and comic book creator Stan Lee have partnered to create an animated television series starring Hefner and various Playmates as a crime-fighting team combating "enemies of democracy." The series, "Hef's Superbunnies," will target an adult audience and will be produced by Lee's Pow! Entertainment and Playboy's Alta Loma Entertainment. Before founding Playboy, Hefner wanted to become a cartoonist, he said, adding that the partnership is "a match made in heaven.