March 2, 2013 |
To create a successful antihero, a writer must pull off a narrative sleight of hand, convincing the audience that black is white, or at least an acceptable shade of gray. The trick is to pull it off without getting caught, which is the first failure of ABC's high-aspiring but poorly executed "Red Widow. " In the series, which premieres Sunday, the antihero is Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) living the uber Mommy high life in Marin County until her husband is gunned down in her driveway.
February 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A grass-roots community group in northern Nevada watched helplessly Wednesday as federal officials removed most of what remained of a band of wild mustangs with which residents say they have peacefully coexisted for years. About two dozen residents of a subdivision called Deer Run outside Carson City say they have tried unsuccessfully to negotiate the fate of 11 mustangs with the Bureau of Land Management, which governs public lands in Nevada and elsewhere and has purview over the wild horses.
February 13, 2013 |
PHOENIX - As Carl Crawford rehabilitates his surgically repaired elbow at the Dodgers' spring-training facility, he's quietly trying to fix something else. One of only a handful of position players to already report to camp, Crawford is slowly rebuilding his psyche, which he said was battered in what he described as a "toxic" environment in Boston. Reflecting on his two miserable seasons with the Red Sox, Crawford said, "I knew with the struggles I was having, it would never get better for me. I just didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel.
February 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's not quite 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, and in a dark control room on West 57th Street, Chris Licht, executive producer of "CBS This Morning," has already been up for nearly four hours. It's the day after the Golden Globes, and both NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America" lead with segments about the awards show; "CBS This Morning" opts for a report on the flu epidemic. As the first hour of the broadcast - which includes a conversation about a proposed assault weapons ban and a Scott Pelley interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor - winds down, Licht glances at the TV screens overhead to check in on the competition.
February 7, 2013 |
A sportswriter here at the paper responded to a tweet from basketball star Lamar Odom to enter an online sweepstakes for a free trip to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. And guess what? She won. "I turned it down," my colleague told me. "It was a scam, right?" It's something I get asked a lot. And usually, there's no question about the scamminess of online sweepstakes. The Federal Trade Commission says it gets thousands of complaints every year about bogus contests and lotteries.
January 26, 2013 |
How we love stories - the more movie-like the better. How we wish that life itself were more like the tales we see at our multiplexes and how much life has conformed to those wishes. All of this hit us with an especially loud and awful thud in recent days when onetime cyclist hero Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he had used performance-enhancing drugs and Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to having been duped into believing that a Twitter contact had developed, sight unseen, into a virtual romance and that the stories of her sudden death were fabrications.
January 17, 2013 |
Directed by Brian A. Miller and written by John Chase, "Officer Down" is about a once-bad cop (Stephen Dorff) trying to mend his ways at home and at work. But it's really just an overstuffed story that comes off not as layered but rather as an unfocused jumble. Dorff plays Callahan, whose hazy memories of being shot seem to hold the key to an ongoing case involving the murder of young strippers. Soon, he's drawn back into the sleazy underworld he longs to escape. The film constantly flips between Callahan's past and present (shifting from color to black and white in a way that becomes almost insulting in its assumption that audiences might otherwise not be able to follow along)
January 16, 2013 |
It's become hard to tell who exactly is competing for the title "American Idol," the contestants or the judges. Wednesday night's season premiere may pay homage to the stars the show has launched, but it's doubtful that any competition will be quite as fierce as that between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Not surprisingly, early publicity has focused on an alleged diva-feud - what, after all, could be more delicious? - with rumors of off-set take-downs and on-camera eye-rolling.
January 12, 2013 |
The Clippers maintained they didn't look past the struggling Orlando Magic, a team that entered Saturday's game with a 10-game losing streak. But Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro was in no mood for any explanations his players had following a disturbing 104-101 loss to the Magic at Staples Center. In Del Negro's eyes, it should not have come down to Jamal Crawford's missing a potential tying three-point attempt as the buzzer sounded. And it didn't matter to Del Negro that Chris Paul appeared to injure his right knee late in the game, because the point guard continued to play while the Clippers were having their 13-game home win streak broken.
January 8, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - James E. Holmes acted with precision as he amassed weapons and ammunition and set up his apartment with explosive booby-traps to siphon authorities from the deadly shooting rampage he planned at a suburban movie theater, the prosecution alleged Tuesday, the second day of the suspected gunman's preliminary hearing. The hearing has offered the deepest look at the prosecution's case against Holmes, 25, charged with 166 criminal counts in the July 20 rampage at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.