September 16, 2013 |
A resurrected Revolutionary War hero, a double-ax-wielding horseman (headless), ghost trees, Colonial witches, horned beasts, ancient priests, a sassy female cop and at least one Starbucks joke? Long before Tom Mison's fit and dashing Ichabod Crane got around to mentioning (oh yes, he did) the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, I was hopelessly, hopefully hooked on "Sleepy Hollow," Fox's new literate if historically zany spook-fest of a police procedural. Too much going on in the pilot, you say?
September 12, 2013 |
Theater festivals have the potential to galvanize an audience, but in a sprawling city already awash in performance, the importance of sharp curating can't be overemphasized. Radar L.A., an adventurous amalgam of international theater, made a winning debut in 2011 in part because it recognized that L.A. is a unique metropolis and that a replica of New York's Under the Radar Festival just wouldn't cut it. It took more than two years for the festival to return, but the wait promises to be worth it. The program, presented by REDCAT and CalArts in association with Center Theatre Group and a consortium of other partners, features work from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand and Japan as well as our own backyard.
September 9, 2013 |
The hard-hitting news business gets a little softer every day. Remember that parlor game of telephone? Someone whispers a phrase into someone's ear and it gets whispered down a line and comes out completely different at the end? Well, that's not supposed to happen at places such as Sports Illustrated , which got duped on a joke about Nick Saban reportedly leaving Alabama for Texas. The headline on the "SI Wire" site read "Report: Nick Saban to visit Texas. " That was followed by copy suggesting Saban might be a replacement for embattled Texas Coach Mack Brown.
September 8, 2013
Re "Case dims for would-be lawyer," Sept. 5 If anyone wants a case of a government in disarray, the article about immigrant Sergio C. Garcia's 18-year wait for his green card to be granted should be a prime example. Living most of his life in California and passing the state bar exam on the first try should prove sufficient reason to qualify for a green card, especially since his application was approved long ago. What's really going on here? Oh, yes - there's always "disarray.
September 6, 2013 |
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I can understand why you don't read your own lousy newspaper, but USC is ranked No. 25 [by the Associated Press]. Don't worry, we will never accuse you of being a homer. I realize it is old news, but your sports section should be entitled the "Little Daily Bruin. " And, when is the "Rankman" going to get funny? Dave Hollingsworth Answer: Thanks for easing us into this year's mailbag with a banana cream pie in my face. All I ask of you readers is to give 110% on every question and bring your best heat from Day One. Here's my position on USC: The Trojans were my preseason No. 1 last year and they ended up losing the Sun Bowl to Georgia Tech.
August 20, 2013 |
The Times' editorial page on Sunday called for the Metropolitan Water District to adopt a package of ethics reforms that was on a committee agenda Monday and before the full board Tuesday. It passed. Members of the district, which is made up of 26 cities and water agencies, adopted the measure by a vote of 64%. Members' votes are "weighted" by their size based on the number of customers they serve. Members include the city of Los Angeles. And also the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which made the news this year in connection with an FBI raid on the office of state Sen. Ron Calderon . One of his brothers, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, has been a consultant for the Central Basin District.
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July 13, 2013 |
Johnnye Valien was waiting her turn in the long jump event at a West L.A. College track meet last week when she realized nobody was using the nearby high jump pit. This is an athlete who cannot help herself. She sees a challenge and she's compelled to attack it, as if she has no idea she is about to turn 88. On her way over to the high jump area, the South Los Angeles resident passed the pole vault pit. And that stopped her cold, her eyes lit by competitive desire. I know what you're thinking: Is a vault, by someone in her 80s, physically possible?
July 12, 2013 |
As busy as Roberto Bolaño's afterlife has been - he's published 19 books in English since his death in 2003 - his time on Earth was even busier. Bolaño, who died at age 50, had a life that was rooted in three continents. He was born in Chile, the son of a boxer; he came of age in Mexico City and became a poet there; and he later moved to Barcelona, where he wrote the works that would make him a celebrated novelist. Best known to U.S. readers for two novels - "The Savage Detectives," first published in Spanish in 1998, and the posthumous "2666" - in the years since his death Bolaño has earned a global following as a prose stylist with rampant narrative ambition.
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.