February 25, 2014 |
The wild, wild Western Conference is so nutty that the standings can't even be believed. The Clippers hold the No. 4 playoff seeding, five games behind conference-leading Oklahoma City. On track to receive the No. 5 seeding is Portland, which has a better record than the Clippers and is only four games behind the Thunder. Houston has the No. 3 seeding despite having the same record as the Trail Blazers. Say what? Say it's getting crowded in here. The Rockets have the edge on the Blazers because they've won two of three games against them.
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January 16, 2014 |
To what extent can a film endorse an act it refuses to show? That's the question prompted by Arvin Chen's gay dramedy "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?," which advocates closeted homosexuals to come out but is so eye-loweringly demure about same-sex desire it may as well have been made under the Hays Code. Two men kiss just once in "Tomorrow. " In a fantasy sequence, married optometrist Weichung (Richie Ren) locks lips with flight attendant Thomas (Wong Ka-Lok). It's a wonderfully wistful scene - a stolen moment of impulsive affection witnessed only by dozens of empty eyeglasses - but it's marred by the fact that their smooch is about as passionate as a little girl kissing her teddy bear good night.
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January 8, 2014 |
Los Angeles is a city facing economic decline, weighed down by poverty, strangled by traffic and suffering from a crisis of leadership, according to a report released Wednesday by a 13-member panel of influential civic leaders. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered a harsh assessment of government decision-making, warning that the nation's second-largest city is heading to a future where it can no longer afford to provide public services. Among a litany of problems highlighted in the report are underfunded retirement programs for City Hall employees, slower police and fire response times, and government spending that is growing faster than revenue.
November 28, 2013 |
Put down the leather ball. Pick up the crystal ball. The showdown Saturday between UCLA and USC will give spectators a glimpse of at least a dozen future NFL players, and maybe more. The rosters are packed with prospects, and, in a departure from recent years, there may be more Bruins than Trojans who will wind up playing on Sundays. In recent years, the NFL scales have tipped heavily in favor of USC, which boasts 85 draft picks since 2000, with 37 of those having been selected in the first or second rounds.
November 11, 2013 |
Good news for fans of the CW's three freshmen series from the fall: All three - "The Originals," "The Tomorrow People" and "Reign" - have been picked up for the entire season. In a statement, CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, said, "In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule. Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially. " The CW's total audience grew 9% over last season and saw a large increase in digital streaming viewership, with the three new series having 84% more digital streaming views than last seasons new shows.
October 11, 2013 |
Randy Moore's “Escape From Tomorrow” was the underground hit of the Sundance Film Festival in January, in large part because he shot it without permission at Disney theme parks. But when the movie - which follows a married father of two (Roy Abramsohn) as he slowly comes undone on a Disney family vacation - - hits theaters and VOD this weekend courtesy of upstart distributor PDA, it will look somewhat different than the cut that screened in Utah. About 14 minutes different, in fact.