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July 21, 2012 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday called a police officer's decision to work on a movie about the so-called bling ring "stupid," but refused to dismiss charges against one of three defendants in the case. Judge Larry P. Fidler said LAPD Officer Brett Goodkin's decision to serve as a technical advisor on Sofia Coppola's docudrama "The Bling Ring" while still assigned to the case had harmed the prosecution of the defendants charged with burglarizing the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
June 11, 2010 |
Fear, as defined in the bawdy and surprisingly trenchant new documentary, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," is a blank calendar. There is a riff to do on the terror she finds in all those little empty squares. But by then you know it's no laughing matter. Work is life; not working might as well be death. With a mix of moments like that — as poignantly revealing as they are entertaining — along with TV clips, many of them classics, and months spent following the comic through the long days and nights of her 75th year, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg have managed to capture the "Can we talk?"
February 2, 2012 |
Johnny Galecki seeks to be average. The star of "The Big Bang Theory" is seated outside a small Hollywood restaurant, talking about his longing to play ordinary, run-of-the-mill figures rather than the larger-than-life characters that actors and audiences sometimes embrace. "Guys like Dustin Hoffman and Jack Lemmon have always been my leading men," said the 36-year-old, leather jacket-clad actor, who minutes before was crushing the butt of a luxury cigarette with his scuffed combat boot.
November 26, 2012
If you missed Monday's Google+ Hangout, "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam", you missed a good one. Mark Thompson and Sam Farmer tackle a host of topics, one of the more intriguing ones being whether Oregon Coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense can work in the NFL. Farmer told Thompson that he has his doubts. With the following questions to be answere: How do you protect the quarterback? The quarterback is much more exposed in Kelly's type of system, particularly when he's carrying the ball.
July 23, 2012 |
Back in June, two weeks after a nuclear submarine went up in flames at a Maine shipyard and caused $400 million in damage, Navy officials thought the blaze might have been caused by a vacuum cleaner that had sucked up something hot. Nope. According to charges filed Monday in federal court, the fire was started by a stressed, anxious, depressed, heavily medicated painter who had a panic attack and wanted to get out of work. The May 23 blaze injured seven people who were trying to put it out. The fire was “the most significant event ever experienced at the shipyard," said acting shipyard commander Cmdr.
August 3, 2012 |
Watching"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"is like experiencing a thrilling unfinished symphony: The story is enthralling, but it's not over, and there's no telling where it's going. Which makes what we see on screen all the more involving. Though he was named the most powerful artist in the world by ArtReview, Chinese provocateur/human rights activist Ai is simply a boldface name to most people, someone whose life and significance we are only vaguely aware of. Alison Klayman's documentary, a Sundance award winner, definitively changes that.
November 8, 2011
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy Bill Clinton Alfred A. Knopf: 208 pages, $23.95
July 13, 2009 |
At heart Dean Lombardi is a draft geek, as animated while praising the hands of a seventh-round pick as when he's gushing over the raw skill of a first-round choice. Having reaped the benefits of selecting early in the last half-dozen NHL entry drafts, the Kings' general manager decided to keep those benefits to himself for a few days before unveiling them to the world.
October 3, 2012 |
In describing the economic hardships under President Obama's stewardship, Mitt Romney asserted that 23 million people are out of work or have stopped looking for work. But that's stretching the truth. To get at that figure, Romney lumped together three groups of people: the unemployed; those working part-time jobs who want full-time work; and people who are out of work and have stopped looking for jobs for various reasons. Here's how the Bureau of Labor Statistics broke down those numbers for August, the most recent month available: There were 12.5 million people officially unemployed, and this is the figure that is used to make up the jobless figure, most recently 8.1%.
August 21, 2012 |
The study and its findings might seem like the opening of a new front on the perennial skirmishes of the "Mommy Wars": continuous work outside the home after the birth of a first child makes a mother healthier at age 40 than the mom who stayed home to care for her baby, and healthier even than the one who pared her hours back to part-time. But the latest study, presented in Denver on Monday at the American Sociological Assn. 's annual conference, finds that what seem to be our "choices" after the birth of children may be less a matter of choice than an extension of our lives up to that point.