October 25, 2013 |
It is a little late to be worrying much over the body of Dracula. From pulp he came and to pulp he shall forever return. For every serious or even vaguely faithful take on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel - Browning, Murnau, Coppola, Herzog, et al. - there must be 20 or 30 instances where the character is turned to daffier uses. He has been Hammer House of Horrored, Mad Monster Partied, Mel Brooksed, George Hamiltoned, Abbott and Costelloed and Scooby-Dooed from here to Romania and back.
October 23, 2013 |
The state Public Utilities Commission issued rules last month to govern how Uber, Lyft and other Web-based transportation services operate in California. But the PUC's action didn't satisfy the taxi industry and its allies, including Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, who don't want the state to take the regulatory wheel. So Koretz is trotting out an argument familiar to anyone who's sought to block a competitor from entering the market: He contends that the PUC violated the California Environmental Quality Act. That's not Koretz's sole argument against the PUC's new regulations, mind you. In an interview Tuesday, he said that the rules were inadequate in many ways to protect the public against fraudulent and unsafe ride-sharing services.
October 19, 2013 |
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend. "I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes out this Friday, and we gotta go. " In the middle of a Wednesday evening service at a theater-turned-church on La Brea Avenue, Roberts was hyping up "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," a faith-based film that just debuted in about 500 theaters.
October 15, 2013 |
Just two months after Linda Ronstadt went public with the news that she can no longer sing because of Parkinson's disease, she's made the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J and the Replacements. The remainder of the 16 acts that made the ballot that will go to Rock Hall voters are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.
October 14, 2013 |
Who says quarterback Alexander Diamont of Venice can't scramble? Against Dorsey (see above), the Indiana-bound Diamont was forced out of the pocket several times and came through in a 31-29 victory. On the season, he has passed for 1,527 yards and 15 touchdowns. Eric.email@example.com
October 14, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora's mantra, "every week is a big game," rang extraordinarily true from the moment the Bruins walked off the field with a 37-10 victory over California on Saturday. The Bruins, who moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, play at Stanford, which dropped to No. 13 after being upset by Utah, 27-21. To find this big a game for the Bruins, you have to go all the way back to ... December. UCLA lost to Stanford, 27-24, in the Pac-12 championship game. The double dip this time is that the Bruins travel to Eugene to play No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 26. "Now it gets fun," linebacker Jordan Zumwalt said.
October 13, 2013 |
Could "X-Files" fans be treated to a movie trilogy? If stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have their way, the answer is "yes. " Appearing together Saturday at the Paley Center for Media in New York City to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series' premiere, the actors said that they would both be amenable to making a third "X-Files" film. “All the principals are on board,” including “X-Files” creator Chris Carter, Duchovny said. “Gillian and I want to do it, so it's really up to 20th Century Fox at this point.” PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Whether the studio would be into the idea is up for debate after the poor box-office showing of the second film, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," which premiered in 2008 and took in a disappointing $4 million on its opening day. Critical reception for the film was also weak, with many reviewers complaining that the franchise had lost its own plot.
October 10, 2013 |
Republicans have floated a lot of proposals for ending the government shutdown they instigated last week, but they've typically shared a fundamental flaw: They try to embarrass Democrats into signing on rather than offering something that Democrats actually want. By Wednesday, though, a handful of Republicans in the House and the Senate were circulating proposals with real sweeteners in them for their opposite numbers. They may not go far enough to bring the two sides together, but they raise an interesting question: Have Democrats left themselves room to accept anything short of complete capitulation by the GOP?
October 10, 2013 |
For more than half of his life, actor William Shatner has been on a mythical mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before. " Though he no longer commands the Starship Enterprise, the 82-year-old poet and TV pitchman is still visiting bizarre worlds. His most recent? That oddball realm of prog rock. His concept album, "Ponder the Mystery," finds the man formerly known as Capt. James T. Kirk supported by a new crew that wields musical instruments rather than phasers. They include former members of the band Yes - Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Rick Wakeman.
October 7, 2013 |
Justice Antonin Scalia sat for a revealing interview with New York Magazine that is being variously described as “weird,” “bizarro” and proof that Scalia is a terrible man. A lot of what Scalia has to say won't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his career or read his opinions. He thinks that not every stupid law is unconstitutional. He believes the Constitution should be interpreted according to its original meaning. He's adamant that he was right not to sit out a case involving his duck-hunting buddy Dick Cheney.