July 7, 2013 |
Character actor Donal Logue is performing the tricky but enviable task of juggling roles in three cable series - BBC America's "Copper," the History Channel's "Vikings" and "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. He talked about the series that's currently on the air, "Copper," a day before flying to Ireland to film "Vikings. " Let's start with "Copper. " Is it true that you went after the role of ward boss Brendan Donovan? No, "Copper" was something quite unexpected, literally a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon before I started shooting on Monday.
July 3, 2013 |
Standing next to a large flat-screen TV showing an image of a toucan, Claudia Trujillo was doing her best sales pitch, rattling off all the reasons to consider Costa Rica a prime film location. Costa Rica doesn't have a film incentive, she explained, but it does have something else of value. "We have one of the most beautiful countries," said Trujillo, an executive with Costa Rica's investment promotion agency. "In one place, you can shoot waterfalls, rain forests, beaches. We have 5% of the world's biodiversity.
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June 30, 2013 |
DEATH VALLEY - Blame it on dueling thermometers. The National Weather Service's mercury thermometer recorded a peak of 128 degrees Sunday at 4 p.m in Death Valley National Park, tying the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the U.S. The National Park Service thermometer - about 200 yards away - recorded a temperature of 129.9, shattering that record. But the weather service has the final say, and its official readings won't be available until Monday morning. PHOTOS: Heat wave heats the Southland "There's only one thermometer that counts," said Charlie Callagan, the park's wilderness coordinator and former head of its weather station.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In spite of a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday launched a new effort to open up the California and Atlantic coasts to oil drilling. The measure is a long shot in the face of fierce opposition in the Democratic-led Senate and from the White House. Still, Republicans are eager to stoke the debate over offshore drilling and highlight differences between the parties over energy policy heading into next year's election battles for control of the House and Senate.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As the Senate passed the immigration reform bill, a protester dressed in a blue cap and graduation gown stood up in the visitor gallery and chanted, " Si se puede! " Other activists dressed in turquoise and orange shirts joined in with the chant, which in English means, "Yes we can!" Some chanted, "Yes we can" in English as well. Maria Cabello, who was sitting nearby, said she was thinking of her parents, who emigrated with her from Mexico to Texas 10 years ago. U.S. immigration law: Decades of debate "They're undocumented," said Cabello, who works with the United We Dream advocacy group.
June 19, 2013 |
Of course we learned on Tuesday night's season finale of "The Voice" which singer had taken this year's top honors: That would be 16-year-old budding country star Danielle Bradbery, who bested her fellow Team Blake members the Swon Brothers (third place) and Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel (runner-up) for the win, earning proud coach and birthday boy Blake Shelton his third straight victory. But that revelation wasn't handed to us straight off the bat. Nope. We got the results only in the last five minutes of the show.
June 17, 2013 |
Northern Ireland venue for G-8 summit showcases recovery from 'the Troubles' Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18 -- Security is always a challenge at the annual Group of 8 summit, and this year host nation Britain has made the task particularly daunting with its choice of a Northern Ireland town synonymous with the violent era known as "the Troubles. " President Obama and the other seven leaders of the rich-nation club will retreat to the serene Lough Erne golf resort on the outskirts of Enniskillen, scene of a 1987 bombing by Provisional Irish Republican Army militants that killed 11 and injured dozens.
June 14, 2013 |
Before becoming a widely lauded songwriter, Jimmy Webb was just another aspiring musician living in a dingy Los Angeles apartment. The Oklahoma transplant would wander from his low-rent flat in Silver Lake to a place that would inspire one of his most indelible hits, MacArthur Park. There, between Wilshire and 7th, he'd wait for his girlfriend to get off work from her job nearby. "I used to eat lunch in the park," said Webb, 66. "It was a place you could be away from the dreariness of a really bottom-scale apartment.
June 13, 2013 |
Political comedy isn't what it used to be, but what shtickmeister could compete with the running gags of those currently holding office? David Mamet took up the challenge and came up short with his Oval Office farce "November," leadenly staged last fall at the Mark Taper Forum. Now we have "Yes, Prime Minister" trying to tickle audiences at the Geffen Playhouse with the behind-the-scenes machinations of the British government. Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the team that co-created the popular BBC television series "Yes Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister," the show redeploys the characters from those programs to satirize a political system in which civil servants pride themselves on being both the puppet masters and the cleanup squad of a benighted prime minister.
June 13, 2013 |
"Yes Is the Answer" is a collection of 20 essays related to progressive rock and its somewhat less regularly derided cousin art rock. Fifteen of the writers care about the subject, or used to. The other five came along to kibitz - a chess term for the chatter of bystanders who provide unwanted commentary while the players sit and rack their brains. As with chess, progressive rock is commonly assumed by outsiders to be a sexless, all-male realm of wasted intellect. Many of the essayists in "Yes Is the Answer" operate under this belief.