April 12, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors say phone and brokerage records show that former KPMG senior auditor Scott London and golfing buddy Bryan Shaw spoke by telephone several times in advance of significant news in companies that were clients of KPMG. After the news broke, Shaw made trades that generated $1.245 million in profits. Here are some examples: Herbalife Ltd. Shaw purchases Herbalife shares and call options (a bet that the stock will rise) after a number of telephone calls with London from March to April 2011.
April 4, 2013 |
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.
April 4, 2013 |
The hypnotic pull of Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho's remarkable, award-winning "Neighboring Sounds" - one of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade - is in its mysterious density of techniques. Set in seaside Recife on street of high-rises occupied by wealthy owners, well-off renters and the underclass that cleans for them, the film dips in and out of their lives and gender, race and socio-economic issues. There's the dissatisfied housewife who smokes pot, the sugar magnate's grandson who amiably oversees the patriarch's properties, the maid who likes to tryst in a day-vacated condo.
March 28, 2013 |
A sobering thriller that puts many human faces on an international crisis, Megan Griffiths' assuredly directed indie "Eden" tracks the experience of Korean American teenager Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) after she's kidnapped by a sex slave ring. Labeled Eden by a shady federal marshal (Beau Bridges, chilling) in charge of the operation, she's transported from New Mexico to Nevada, held captive in a storage facility with other degraded young women and overseen by a short-tempered, drug-addicted striver named Vaughn (a mesmerizing Matt O'Leary)
March 28, 2013 |
Swathed in gunmetal blues and grays and motored by a deliriously heaving pulp sensibility, the British gangsters-and-cops thriller "Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun. Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling. Plotted like a British conspiracy miniseries (think "State of Play") that's been reduced to only the juiciest, silliest moments, it pits James McAvoy's dogged, renegade detective against Mark Strong's brooding criminal mastermind, and eventually the two together against a greater threat with - naturally - political connections.
March 21, 2013 |
Twitter turned 7 Thursday, and to celebrate the occasion, the social network posted a quick video timeline recapping its history from an idea on a notebook to the major tech player it is today. The video starts by showing the sketch for a site called my.stat.us that's drawn out with a big text field laid in the center so users can post their status. That, of course, is the foundation for the Twitter we have now. From there, we see the first tweet ever sent, written by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
March 14, 2013 |
Philip Anschutz and the no-longer-for-sale AEG have been key players in sports and entertainment in Los Angeles. Here are some highlights: -- Oct. 1995: Denver-based billionaire Philip Anschutz and Southern California developer Ed Roski Jr. buy the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. -- May 1997: Anschutz and Roski announce a plan to revamp the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and bring a professional football team to the city by 2000. -- March 1998: Work begins on Staples Center, Anschutz and Roski's new downtown arena.
March 13, 2013 |
Your Facebook Timeline is getting another makeover. The social network announced Wednesday a number of changes to users' personal pages that will help them better express what's important to them. The update also comes with a much-needed cleaner layout. "We heard from you that the current Timeline layout is sometimes hard to read," Facebook's announcement detailing the changes said. "Starting today, all posts are on the right side of your timeline, with photos, music and other recent activity on the left.
February 24, 2013 |
For pop culture aficionados, it's become a cherished ritual that must be observed around the biggest broadcast events: the TV drinking game. For Sunday's Hollywood edition, Times-sanctified enablers have gone beyond boozy suggestions and conjured up a list of prompts to maximize your enjoyment of - while perhaps minimizing your sobriety during -- the 85th Academy Awards. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Top nominees Some suggestions ... * Every time Seth MacFarlane makes a self-serving reference to one of his TV shows or movies: Take a shot of cheap tequila.
February 18, 2013 |
Questions persisted Monday over how Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was faring as supporters cheered his reported return home from Cuba. Even as Chavez has undergone repeated rounds of surgery and chemotherapy, the kind of cancer he is suffering and where it is located have not been revealed. Here is a brief timeline of his illness: June 10, 2011 - Chavez undergoes surgery for a “pelvic abscess” in Havana. Few details are released on his condition. June 30, 2011 - In a brief recorded statement read over Venezuelan television, Chavez says he had surgery in Cuba for cancer, confirming the gravity of his illness.