February 18, 2013 |
Known in equal parts for their illusions, gore and wit, Penn & Teller are celebrating their 20 th anniversary of performing in Las Vegas with a six-year extension to their contract at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino . In a city where magicians come and go, Penn & Teller have demonstrated their staying power. After sold-out runs on Broadway, the demented duo arrived in Sin City in 1993. “When we first moved to Vegas, our hoity-toity New York art and theater friends all screamed in horror,” Penn Jillette, the taller, more vocal of the two, was quoted as saying in a news release.
December 14, 2012 |
With the deadline upon us for states to decide whether to set up their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, I find myself thinking about Sofia. Sofia first noticed the mass on her arm when it was the size of a walnut. Over the next four months, it didn't disappear, as she had expected; instead, it grew, pushing up at her skin until it was the size of a large grapefruit. But still she ignored it. Sofia, whose name I have changed to protect her privacy, is uninsured, like 49 million of her fellow Americans, and she couldn't see the point of paying hundreds of dollars to see a doctor for a pesky bump.
May 29, 2012 |
Always a man of few (if any) words, the latter half of the enduring comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller will help give a visual voice to the Geffen Playhouse's upcoming stage adaptation of "The Exorcist. " Scheduled to open July 11, the adaptation features Teller as "creative consultant," which sounds a little like he'll be responsible for honing the production's wordless reactions given his day job as silent but game foil to his longtime partner, the garrulous Penn Jillette. In reality, however, this isn't the first time Teller has ventured behind the stage, where Penn & Teller have made a home in Vegas for six nights a week since 2001.
October 14, 2011 |
A group of automated-teller machine operators sued Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the country's largest payment networks, accusing them of fixing ATM access fees. The lawsuit sheds light on how the banking system collects fees from consumers. In the last month, consumers have been demonstrating their outrage at new debit-card fees, among other new charges levied by banks this year. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the Visa and MasterCard violated antitrust laws by forcing independent machine operators to accept anti-competitive contract terms.
August 3, 2011 |
Jason Davis, a 25-year-old heroin addict and grandson of oil billionaire Marvin Davis, was the most shameless cast member on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" last season, a distinction akin to being the nerdiest person at a "Star Trek" convention -- the bar is so high, you really have to reach for it. The show's medical team, led by addictionologist Drew Pinsky, spent the season trying to impress on Davis the direness of his disease. Among the earnest pleas, one voice seemed to crack through Davis' defenses.
May 10, 2011 |
Carole Krezman wasn't sure what to make of a recent mailing from San Diego's California Bank & Trust inviting her to participate in "a very important program. " The letter said the bank wanted Krezman, 58, to visit her local branch at least once a month for the next year. She'd have to fill out a questionnaire each time detailing her experience. Each questionnaire would result in a $5 payment. "Please do not contact the personnel at your branch office about this process," the letter instructed.