May 15, 2013 |
Alison Wright got her first camera at age 10, a Kodak Instamatic. Then she learned there was such a thing as a photojournalist, a person who traveled the world taking pictures. So that was that. She had a career - a career that would eventually bring her National Geographic assignments, book contracts, documentary photography prizes and speaking engagements, but only after first bringing dengue fever, typhoid, hepatitis, giardia, dysyntery and, 12 years ago, near death. That's when a logging truck smashed into a bus she was riding through a Laotian jungle.
May 10, 2013 |
British director Joe Wrigh t has become a known commodity in Hollywood for coaxing stylish yet substantive literary adaptations such as “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” onto the screen. His next assignment may likely be another genre of literature: mommy porn. Wright has reportedly emerged as the upstart front-runner to direct the hotly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James bestselling bondage romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” for Universal and Focus Features.
April 27, 2013 |
If "House of Cards" were an actual television show, this would be the day after its finale - a time to analyze the cultural impact of the E-ticket D.C. thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and to painstakingly mine the end of the first season for clues to the second. There would be hashtags and recaps, heated discussions and lists of things to love and hate. Instead: radio silence. After all, fans have already seen the finale weeks, possibly months, ago. Or they haven't.
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April 23, 2013 |
Nearly three years after he was indicted on voter fraud and perjury charges, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) is scheduled to stand trial starting July 15. The date was set this week by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who also presided over the public corruption trial of former Bell elected officials earlier this year. Wright, who previously served in the state Assembly and was elected last fall to a second term in the Senate, was indicted by a county grand jury on eight felony counts in September 2010.
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April 10, 2013 |
Paolo Soleri, an Italian-born architect who created a visionary prototype for a new kind of ecologically sensitive city in the remote Arizona desert four decades ago, only to watch the suburban sprawl he detested begin to creep near it in recent years, has died. He was 93. Soleri died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., according to an official with the architect's foundation . PHOTOS: Paolo Soleri | 1919-2013 A onetime apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West compound on the edge of Scottsdale, Ariz., Soleri founded his own desert settlement, called Arcosanti, in 1970 at a site roughly 70 miles north of downtown Phoenix.
April 7, 2013
Re "President Obama doesn't have a 'pastor problem,'" Perspective, April 4 Thanks to Robin Abcarian for her excellent analysis of the sermon preached on Easter Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington with President Obama in attendance. She is so right about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former longtime pastor, not being "entirely wrong" in condemning America for its poor treatment of minorities. He wasn't off message; he simply spoke to the American culture that he knew so well.