October 10, 2013 |
For more than half of his life, actor William Shatner has been on a mythical mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before. " Though he no longer commands the Starship Enterprise, the 82-year-old poet and TV pitchman is still visiting bizarre worlds. His most recent? That oddball realm of prog rock. His concept album, "Ponder the Mystery," finds the man formerly known as Capt. James T. Kirk supported by a new crew that wields musical instruments rather than phasers. They include former members of the band Yes - Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Rick Wakeman.
October 7, 2013 |
Shawne Williams came into the league in 2006 out of Memphis with tremendous promise as the 17th draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. Seven years later, he's fighting to get back into the league after a number of drug-related incidents tarnished his reputation. Williams was cut by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012 without playing a game, unsure he'd get another opportunity in the NBA. "I'd be lying if I said I did," said Williams on Monday after practice with the Lakers. "I've been through so much.
October 3, 2013 |
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when. Smith is most widely known for the use of his somber, melodic music to soundtrack Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" and a white-suited performance during the 1998 Academy Awards of the song "Miss Misery.
October 3, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter just minted a billionaire -- at least on paper. Evan Williams, the 41-year-old co-founder of Twitter, owns 12% of the social media company that is expected to go public next month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Twitter has been valued on the secondary markets at about $9.4 billion, making Williams' stake worth more than $1.1 billion. Forbes is estimating Williams, Twitter's largest individual shareholder, may be worth closer to $1.4 billion based on current valuations.
September 30, 2013 |
Thanks to a YouTube video (with a hat tip to Larry Brown Sports ), we get to see how much Serena Williams wants to win, even when she plays a first-round doubles match with her sister Venus in China. Williams double-faulted on match point and that led to a classic Serena anger attack. At least this time only the racket suffered and no referees were hurt, physically or mentally, in the attack. Only a poor racket. But Venus and Serena did sweetly congratulate their vanquishers.
September 27, 2013 |
Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox, two aging stars of 1980s TV, squared off with comedy premieres Thursday night. And the first round went to .... Williams. CBS' 9 p.m. sitcom "The Crazy Ones" - which has the former "Mork & Mindy" star playing a zany ad whiz who runs an agency with his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - rounded up 15.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That makes it the most-watched new show of the fall TV season so far. Meanwhile, NBC at 9 p.m. aired a one-hour premiere special of "The Michael J. Fox Show," but the results weren't nearly as promising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013
George Bignotti Chief mechanic for 7 Indy 500 winners George Bignotti, 97, who set a record as the chief mechanic for seven winners of the Indianapolis 500, died in his sleep of natural causes Fridayin Las Vegas, his daughter Mary Mendez said. As a mechanic, Bignotti won the Indy 500 with drivers A.J. Foyt in 1961 and 1964, Graham Hill in 1966, Al Unser in 1970 and 1971, Gordon Johncock in 1973 and Tom Sneva in 1983. Bignotti also holds the record for most wins overall in Indy-car history with more than 80 victories.
September 25, 2013 |
It's not surprising that artist/author/filmmaker William Wegman, 69, was surrounded by his beloved Weimaraner dogs -- Bobbin, Candy, Flo and Topper -- while doing a phone interview last week from New York about “Flo & Wendell” (Dial: $16.99, ages 3-6). It's his first children's book in a decade. Although he's received acclaimed for his paintings and his short films, Wegman is best known for his portraits of his Weimaraner dogs, whom he presents as human characters replete with hair, clothing and props.
September 25, 2013 |
After another dominating effort by USC defense's last week, Leonard Williams stood on the field at the Coliseum and offered a key to the unit's success. "We have a great chemistry," he said. Williams, 6 feet 5 and 290 pounds, has been a main element for a group that ranks fourth nationally in total defense and sacks per game. Just as he did last season when he recorded 13 1/2 tackles for losses and earned Freshman All American recognition, Williams has been a disruptive force for a defense that will try to neutralize Arizona State on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.
September 23, 2013 |
At some point, 6-foot-8 senior Jack Williams and 6-10 sophomore Trevor Stanback are going to be an imposing duo in prep basketball this coming season for West Hills Chaminade. They are learning how to play together and gaining the necessary chemistry to make the Eagles very good. Williams, a Long Beach State commit, is a nonstop hustler. He finds ways to contribute, whether scoring on a rebound, diving for a loose ball or firing off an assist. Stanback is the prodigy in the making.