January 16, 2014 |
The core of "Jamesy Boy" - a juvenile delinquent's inside-the-pen coming of age - follows a too-familiar trajectory: Due to the toxic mix of broken family and corruptive friends, James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) has already earned a tracking device on his ankle and an impressive rap sheet boasting robbery, vandalism, assault and firearm possession. Fresh-faced and all tatted up, James acts out as if emulous of the rapper MGK. Instead of being scared straight, he thrives in jail and fights anyone who gets in his way or menaces the defenseless Chris (Ben Rosenfield)
January 8, 2014 |
Tiger Woods might be stuck in a major drought -- winless in golf's biggest tournaments since 2008 -- but you can bet he's crying all the way to the bank. The world's top-ranked golfer earned more than $83 million last season, raising his career total to an unprecedented $1.3 billion, according to an article in Golf Digest . His 2013 paycheck included a reported $12 million in money from playing and $71 million in off-the-course earnings. Next year's haul could take a hit after Woods ended a lucrative video-game contract with EA Sports.
December 19, 2013 |
It was regarded as a foregone conclusion: Marqise Lee would finish this season as USC's all-time receptions leader then head off to the NFL. Lee had caught a school-record 118 passes and won the Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore. The All-American needed only about half as many this season to supplant friend and mentor Robert Woods atop the career receptions list and perhaps make good on former coach Lane Kiffin's proclamation that he was the greatest receiver in Trojans history. After suffering injuries and enduring Kiffin's firing, Lee fell out of contention to repeat his postseason honors.
December 18, 2013
You may recall these faceted wood candle holders from our preview of the first Downtown Flea. We noted them in our last scouting run through the Highland Park vintage emporium Shopclass and thought they might be just what some holiday shopping procrastinators needed for those under-$20 secret Santa gift exchanges -- or perhaps that party table you're planning for next week. The pieces are made by C.C. Boyle, a voice-over actress who has been pursuing her passion for woodworking.
December 13, 2013 |
Tiger Woods' half brother has been arrested in Phoenix for allegedly making a bomb threat at the government building where he works. Earl Dennison Woods Jr., 58, was booked on suspicion of attempting to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass others after calling in the threat Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press. More than 100 of Woods' co-workers at the Department of Economic Security were evacuated at the time of the call. A reportedly apologetic Woods told police that the threat was meant as a joke and that he did not expect anyone to take it seriously.
December 11, 2013 |
The h.wood group is growing up. Known for its decadent nightclubs, Hooray Henry's and Bootsy Bellows, as well as its high-end craft cocktail den SHOREbar in Santa Monica, h.wood now has its eye on expansion. John Terzian, who founded the h.wood group with business partner Brian Toll, told The Times this week that the group is opening a second Bootsy Bellows in Aspen, Colo. The group has also purchased the former Mezze space in West Hollywood and will reopen it in the spring of 2014 as a low-key, Italian-influenced restaurant and mixology bar called the Nice Guy. Bootsy Bellows Aspen is set to open on Dec. 20, and Terzian and David Arquette (who is also a partner in Bootsy Bellows)
December 10, 2013 |
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
December 10, 2013 |
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
December 8, 2013 |
Zach Johnson defeated Tiger Woods on the first hole of a playoff to win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and cap a wild finish to Woods' charity golf tournament Sunday. After Johnson made a par four on the playoff hole -- the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks -- Woods' putt for par to extend the playoff curled out of the cup and left him with a bogey. The two players, who were paired together, came to the last hole of regulation play tied at 13 under par. Woods hit his approach shot into a bunker in front of the green at the par-four 18th hole, seemingly giving the advantage to Johnson.
December 7, 2013 |
Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 Saturday to maintain a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson after three rounds of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Dealing with rain and wet grounds in the morning, then gusty winds in the afternoon, Woods' score was 10 strokes higher than a day earlier, when he tied the tournament record with a 62 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Johnson also shot 72 as both he and Woods dropped birdie puts on the 18th hole. Bubba Watson fired a three-under 69 to move into third place at seven-under 209 overall, while Matt Kuchar was fourth after a four-over 76 that dropped him to four-under for the event.