October 28, 2013 |
Former Lakers shooting guard Shannon Brown was traded by the Phoenix Suns on Friday to the Washington Wizards. His stay in Washington was brief. The Wizards waived Brown on Monday, despite his $3.5-million guaranteed salary. If he clears waivers in 48 hours, Brown will become a free agent. Originally acquired by the Lakers in 2009 in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats, Brown helped the Lakers win back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. It's unclear if the Lakers would be interested in a reunion with the athletic, 6-foot-4 guard.
September 20, 2013 |
Like most little girls, I loved the movie “The Wizard of Oz” even though, or maybe because, it left me with so many questions. Is Dorothy's visit to the garish Technicolor Oz really supposed to be a dream (that crushing departure from L. Frank Baum's book)? When she wakes up in Kansas, why doesn't anybody mention Miss Gulch's threat to kill Toto? Also I've never felt right about Dorothy's farewell confession to the Scarecrow, “I think I'll miss you most of all.” It's one of the most romantic moments in cinema, but, Dude!
August 14, 2013 |
"Jobs" opens with a scene of technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001. As the Apple Inc. co-founder makes his way to a small stage, he passes ads for his own company that feature images of Einstein, Gandhi and Bob Dylan. For the next two hours, the film remains about that unsubtle in its attempts to portray Jobs as a genius for the ages. The movie's awe-struck attitude is even more odd and unconvincing considering that the film actually doesn't shy away from portraying its subject as ruthless, overbearing and generally self-centered.
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August 7, 2013 |
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last of the 124 little people who played Munchkins in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," died Wednesday at her Glendale, Ariz., home. She was 89. The 4-foot-tall Pellegrini, a frequent guest of honor at "Oz" festivals around the U.S., had been in declining health since a stroke in March, said Colleen Zimmer, an organizer of the annual Oz-Stravaganza festival in Chittenango, N.Y., birthplace of "Oz" author L. Frank Baum. Illness kept Pellegrini from serving as grand marshal at this year's event.
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May 25, 2013 |
What if you want to make a coin disappear - to one moment display it in the palm of your hand and the next pull it out of a friend's ear? What if you'd like to say to a stranger, "Pick a card, any card," then shuffle the deck and, just like that, produce the right one? How do you learn to turn a handkerchief into flowers? To push a bottle cap through the glass bottom of a Coke bottle? You probably could hop on the Internet and watch a YouTube video. But really, where's the magic in that?
May 16, 2013 |
CANNES, France - The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970, sealed his place in the annals of cult cinema. Jodorowsky last made a comeback in 1989 with the Oedipal melodrama "Santa Sangre," about a serial killer operating under the spell of his armless mother. When that project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist wondered if a decade-long break from filmmaking had left Jodorowsky rusty.
May 9, 2013 |
After a year of construction, Universal Orlando has finally admitted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand in 2014 with a detailed re-creation of London's Diagon Alley from the wildly popular series of books and movies. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions The highly anticipated expansion of the Wizarding World themed land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will see the introduction of a Gringotts Bank attraction in a second land at the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park.
April 25, 2013 |
We still have more questions than answers about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter more than a year after plans were announced for a West Coast version of the themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions With much of the what, where and when of the Wizarding World project still a mystery, let's start with what we do know before working our way to what we still don't know. Where will the new land be located?
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April 21, 2013 |
Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith.
March 25, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The doors to the Lakers' shoot-around opened, and there was Dwight Howard working on a series of mid-range jumpers. From 14 feet. Sometimes 16. A few from 18 feet. "He can make those," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday morning, sounding hopeful. Improving his outside touch can only help Howard offensively. He has been a diminishing star late in games. He had no fourth-quarter shots in the Lakers' loss Friday to Washington and also none a week ago in their loss to Phoenix.