March 22, 2013 |
It's a benefit cut . It's not merely a "technical" change. It's not a "more accurate" measure of inflation. The "chained CPI" has become one of the linchpins of the debate in Washington over what to do about the cost of Social Security. The idea is to ratchet back the annual cost-of-living adjustment provided to recipients by basing them no longer on the standard consumer price index, but this new creature. Its virtue, supposedly, is that it points to a slower inflation rate than the unchained index, by about .3% a year.
March 21, 2013 |
Are you planning to watch HBO's "Phil Spector"? Then step into my cubicle. We need to talk. I'm just a reporter, so my opinions about film aesthetics don't add up to much, but as one of the only journalists to cover both of Spector's murder trials, I can tell you that this movie, which premieres Sunday, is a bomb factually. And in an era when millions depend on "The Daily Show" for their news and best picture nominees for their history lessons, that scares me. Most viewers will know very little about the Spector case, and when the program is over, their understanding will be deeply flawed.
March 20, 2013 |
There's a notable moment in "Olympus Has Fallen," director Antoine Fuqua's action thriller that arrives in theaters Friday: a desecrated American flag is discarded from atop the White House by North Korean terrorists and falls, in slow-motion, to the ground as dirge-like music plays in the background. It's the type of scene - bold to his fans, cringe-worthy to his critics - that Fuqua has used in nearly all of his films. "I wanted to create an exciting movie, but give it these small moments of truth," the director said, noting that he sought to show America's post-9/11 vulnerability.
March 18, 2013 |
- NFL owners will kick off their annual meetings Monday at the Arizona Biltmore and discuss all sorts of issues, including player health and safety, possible rule changes and new business opportunities. And, yes, the ongoing saga of Los Angeles without an NFL team will come up. Eighteen years have passed since the Raiders and Rams pulled up stakes and bid adieu, leaving the nation's second-largest market vacant and triggering dozens of plans - some creative, but all ultimately fruitless - to fix the relationship.
March 13, 2013 |
In "Snitch," a thriller set in the dangerous drug world, Dwayne Johnson plays a father who goes to work as a drug informant to free his jailed son. The PG-13 film from Participant Media features a street fight, a car chase and a gun battle - high-octane action aimed at attracting the coveted young adult male audience. It's not the kind of movie ordinarily associated with Participant, which has built its reputation on films with social messages, including the global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Help," about racism in the 1960s South.
March 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- With consumers increasingly connecting to the Internet on their phones and tablet computers, advertisers got a reminder from the federal government Tuesday that they must still abide by consumer protection laws when putting ads on mobile devices. The rules that apply to ads in newspapers, radio and television also apply to ads on mobile devices and social media, the Federal Trade Commission said, warning that it would take enforcement action against companies that violate consumer protection laws.
March 10, 2013 |
If there was one ring in the world that I, a weakling theater critic, knew I could knock Mike Tyson out in, it was the Pantages Theatre, where "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" played this past weekend. Tyson might have 100 pounds more muscle on him than I do, not to mention a facial tattoo out of my mother's worst nightmare, but I was the one trash-talking all week about our upcoming bout. "I want a piece of him," I said loudly to no one in particular in the newsroom. "When I'm through with him, he's going to wish he was touring as an uncredited extra in 'Wicked.'" PHOTOS: Mike Tyson in pop culture But like all those mouthy contenders who ended up flat on their back in the first round, I underestimated the former heavyweight champion of the world.
March 8, 2013 |
Everybody loves lists. Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies). So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs. Never mind that the very word "entitlement" is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became "entitled" to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them.
March 2, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Spend a sunny afternoon at home with Mike Tyson and if the erstwhile Baddest Man on the Planet is in an expansive mood, he may indulge his cherished pastime: letting loose the performing pigeons he raises in his backyard to flap and somersault in the skies over southern Nevada. And if the mood strikes him, the former heavyweight champion of the world may lower his guard enough to talk about something close to the bone: personal metamorphosis. As a function of this discussion, the self-described piece of garbage from the sewage system in Brooklyn will address his killer instinct.
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February 23, 2013 |
If you're like me, your mailbox is getting stuffed with political mailers. What to do? The best course of action is to take a shovel and dig a hole in the backyard, toss the mailers in and set them ablaze. At best, they're filled with useless simplifications and generalizations about candidates and issues, and a lot of them contain gross exaggerations or distortions, if not outright lies. If you live in Los Angeles and it seems like you're getting more of this junk than ever, it's because millions of dollars are being spent by committees to either support or demolish candidates for City Council, mayor and school board.