March 6, 2014 |
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried - and largely failed - to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof. Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
March 4, 2014 |
The NFL on Tuesday reinstated former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner from an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension for using marijuana ended Browner's season in December and thrust the 29-year-old's career into doubt. In a dispatch on Twitter , however, the open-ended punishment went up in smoke. “I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right but a privilege,” Browner wrote. “I am grateful that Commissioner [Roger]
February 26, 2014 |
The last time Oscar voters surprised with a best picture winner came eight years ago when Jack Nicholson opened the evening's final envelope, arched those famous eyebrows and announced "Crash. " He then mouthed the word " Whoa!" Most years, Hollywood insiders have a good idea who will go home with an Academy Award. By the time the Oscars are handed out at the end of a long awards season, clear favorites have emerged from earlier contests. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 Going into Sunday's 86th Academy Awards, there are front-runners in the acting, directing and writing categories.
February 25, 2014 |
USC guard Byron Wesley will play this week, Coach Andy Enfield said Tuesday. Wesley, the Trojans' leading scorer, was suspended for USC's games at Stanford and California last week for violating an unspecified team rule. He will be in the lineup against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday. “Byron has another whole year here and he needs to understand, he needs to be a leader,” Enfield said. “We're doing our part as a coaching staff to help him understand that.” Wesley averages 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
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February 24, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Senate leaders said Monday they will give Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D- Montebello ) one week, until March 3, to either resign or take a leave of absence, after which he will face a possible Senate vote to suspend him from office. “I think it is fair that we give Sen. Calderon a chance to consider the request we made” last Friday, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). “We are being very deliberative.” Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar said he is willing to go along with the Democrats' move to give Calderon some time to act. “Certainly, giving time to let some of the issues run their course with Sen. Calderon, who is not here today, is something we are willing to go along with the pro tem on, as long as action is coming soon,” Huff told reporters.
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February 21, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the Senate Democratic Caucus agreed Friday to ask Sen. Ronald Calderon to resign or take a leave of absence, and if he refuses, the Senate would move to suspend him pending the outcome of the criminal case. Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, was charged Friday with 24 federal counts involving the taking of $100,000 in bribes to affect legislation. Steinberg said in a statement that he values the legal process and the principle that people are innocent until proven guilty.
February 14, 2014 |
CAIRO - Libya's former army chief posted a video statement on Friday calling for the suspension of the government, parliament and constitution, but the nation's prime minister dismissed the remarks as a failed attempt to engineer a coup. Reflecting the continued political chaos in the country since his rebel forces helped to overthrow Moammar Kadafi in 2011, former Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar called for the formation of a presidential committee and a temporary cabinet to lead Libya until new elections could be held.
February 13, 2014 |
In "A Stranger in Paradise," hedge-fund hotshot Josh (Colin Egglesfield of "The Client List" and the "Melrose Place" TV reboot) narrowly evades an SEC investigation with an impromptu trip to Thailand, only to find thugs and crooked cops on his trail. His brother, Paul (Stuart Townsend), runs a local hot spot and has shady dealings with the mob. The managing partner who urged Josh to take the vacation - who also happens to be Paul's college pal - vanishes along with the mob money he helped launder.
February 7, 2014 |
That long and bitter fight to persuade a court to overturn the Alex Rodriguez suspension? Never mind, the New York Yankees' third baseman said Friday. Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, the players union, and Commissioner Bud Selig, according to a notice of dismissal filed by his attorneys Friday. “Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit," the union said in a statement. "His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest.” Rodriguez filed suit last month, after an arbitrator reduced his suspension from 211 games to one full season.
February 5, 2014 |
National signing day could not have gone better for USC. New Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff closed with a flourish as three top Southland players announced Wednesday that they would become Trojans. Bellflower St. John Bosco lineman Damien Mama, Gardena Serra cornerback and receiver Adoree' Jackson and Long Beach Poly receiver and defensive back John "Juju" Smith said during news conferences at their schools that they were headed to USC. Euphoria pulsated through USC's McKay Center and on Trojans-related message boards as the announcements were made.