October 14, 2011 |
Popcorn journeyman Joel Schumacher's home-invasion flick "Trespass" does an efficient enough job setting up screenwriter Karl Gajdusek's scenario: Four masked robbers barge into the sumptuous, secluded home of high-end diamond dealer Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage), his architect-wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman), and their teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), and immediately a war of bluffs begins over which party is more desperate. Then the film takes a hyper-drive pill — side effects include excessive yelling, strained twists and ludicrous action logic — and a potentially claustrophobic B-movie nail-biter suddenly becomes tediously overworked.
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October 2, 2011 |
Downtown Los Angeles was transformed into a set for political theater over the weekend, with protesters pitching tents in front of City Hall and performance artists dancing on floats meandering through the streets. Inspired by the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, several hundred people set up camp in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday and announced that they were there to stay. Whether that will change when City Hall workers find themselves walking a gantlet of sign-wielding protesters Monday, or when vendors arrive to set up the regularly scheduled Thursday farmers market on the lawn, was unclear.
September 11, 2011 |
Question: I've been living in my desert area unit only five months and problems never cease. People keep climbing over the 6-foot fences outside my window, the drive-in security gates are left open for hours at a time with no one watching the entries and locks on gates don't work. When I brought these issues to the board president he refused to listen. Since then, notes have been left on my car saying: "We don't like your dirty car — wash it!" About 70% of the units are rented out, and the majority of owner-occupied units belong to elderly individuals who do not participate in association affairs.
August 1, 2011 |
Iranian authorities will announce a verdict and sentence within days in the case of two U.S. hikers arrested two years ago near an unmarked section of the Iran-Iraq border, their lawyer and court officials said Sunday after what appeared to be the final court hearing in the case. On the anniversary of their July 31, 2009, arrest, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal spent four hours at a hearing at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, where they face charges of espionage and trespassing. "The last session was held," Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying by the state-owned Al Alam television channel.
February 7, 2011 |
Two Americans imprisoned in Iran for 18 months had their first official court hearing Sunday and pleaded not guilty to charges including espionage and trespassing, their lawyer said. Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, two UC Berkeley graduates who were arrested during a hiking trip on the Iran-Iraq border in 2009, attended the hearing and appeared to be in good health, said Masoud Shafii, their attorney. He said the judge ordered the trial continued to an unspecified date. "I hoped the case would have ended today," Shafii said in a telephone interview.
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January 31, 2011 |
Hundreds of environmentalists, union members and liberal activists converged on Rancho Mirage on Sunday to rally against what they see as the influence of two of the nation's leading financial backers of conservative causes. The protestors waved signs condemning "corporate greed," chanted slogans and surged toward a line of helmeted police officers at the entrance to a resort where billionaires Charles and David Koch were holding a retreat for prominent conservative elected officials, major political donors and strategists.