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August 31, 2013 |
"When I turned 14, that was when I hit the track. " The track, as Jessica Midkiff calls it, was Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, where she trolled for johns and turned every cent of her earnings over to the pimp who owned her. If you tried to skim a dollar here or there, Midkiff said, or if you got arrested and ratted out your pimp, you or someone in your family was likely to be beaten or tortured. "When a pimp says he's going to torture you, what I've seen is girls in dog cages, girls being waterboarded, stripped down naked and put in the rain and cold outside and having to stand there all night, and if you move, you'll get beaten.
August 26, 2013 |
There are two obvious chinks in Walter White's armor, two people who know everything he's done, more or less, and could bring him to his knees by confessing what they know to Hank. The first is Skyler, whom the show dealt with in last week's episode. In “Confessions,” the show turns its focus to Jesse to see if he will be the one to give Hank the ammunition he needs to begin building a case. Along the way, however, the episode reveals Walt's unlikely plan B and shows Hank just how thoroughly he's going to be hurt by Walt's crimes becoming public knowledge.
August 15, 2013 |
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank Deford calls football "barbarous. " Author Malcolm Gladwell labels it a "dumb … 19th century game. " But it's that characterization that appears backward to anyone paying attention. In 1905, when President Theodore Roosevelt intervened to help make the game he loved safer, more athletes died from on-field collisions on a single Saturday afternoon (three)
August 8, 2013 |
Dan Bucatinsky has been in his share of gasp-worthy scenes on ABC's hit drama "Scandal" as smoking-gun-obsessed reporter James Novak -- let us not forget he would be dead were it not for his TV spouse's up-to-the-second change of heart in having him killed. ( How sweet. ) And while the final moment -- the "Dad?" moment -- in the Season 2 finale had folks freaking out in their living rooms, Bucatinsky was involved in perhaps the second most-talked about scene, at least among the "Scandal" cast.
July 25, 2013 |
Perhaps the reporters gathered at the TCA press tour were a bit afraid of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. When he and director Spike Lee took the stage to discuss their new project, there was barely a response. "Usually when a heavyweight champion is introduced, there is at least a clap," Lee scolded, sparking a bit of tepid applause. But Tyson didn't seem to mind, joking with the crowd: "Don't get too close. I may bite you, as you know. " The boxer and the fiery director have teamed up to bring Tyson's acclaimed one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" to HBO. The show played on Broadway and toured nationally.
July 23, 2013 |
Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech. There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?
July 8, 2013 |
Warlow revealed! Andy's faerie kids dead? Governor's daughter goes vampire! Sam gets a new girlfriend - and a human one at that? So much to recap in “True Blood” Episode 64. Ironically titled “At Last,” referring to the Etta James love song, the latest episode reveals that Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) has no love for Ben Flynn (Rob Kazinsky). That's because she knows Ben isn't a faerie/human hybrid like he claims. Instead, he's an unholy faerie/vampire mix. What's more, he's the dreaded Warlow, perhaps the world's oldest vampire.
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July 1, 2013 |
Rachel Jeantel spent two days on the stand last week as the prosecution's star witness in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin. Many were left wondering whether she ultimately damaged the state's case. She was hostile, uncooperative and difficult to understand. But she was also the last person to speak to Martin before Zimmerman shot and killed him on a Sanford, Fla., sidewalk in February 2012. I wrote that I thought it was a mistake to judge someone like Jeantel, a 19-year-old of Haitian descent who grew up speaking Creole and Spanish, by how she acted on the stand.
May 16, 2013 |
John le Carré's novels have responded brilliantly to the absence of the Cold War, which was, from 1963's classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" to "The Secret Pilgrim" in 1990, their traditional domain. In one sense, though, whether set before or after the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, the subject of Le Carré's fiction has never changed. A theme always was, and remains, the question: How can the individual hope to take any effective action in the murk of politics? Le Carré's most famous (and best loved)
May 16, 2013 |
Don't be fooled by its deceptively simple title or the hesitant, unassuming way it begins. Writer-director Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" ends up an invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating. Unexpectedly moving in unanticipated ways, this unusual film is a look at the complexities of one specific family's story as well as a broad examination of the interlocking nature of truth, secrecy and memory, not to mention the endless intricacies of human relationships.