January 19, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- On Saturday morning at the Sundance Film Festival, Zach Braff world-premiered his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” This was notable for several reasons. From a business standpoint, it was, of course, the first movie made by a high-profile star to be funded largely through Kickstarter. But maybe more important was the cultural standpoint. It was exactly a decade ago that Braff premiered “Garden State” here and quickly seized (or was given) the label of indie-film standard-bearer.
January 18, 2014 |
Invariably a found-footage horror movie inspires the question, “Why is somebody still holding a camera?” Later you observe, “Well that 'accidental' camera drop landed perfectly.” Eventually it's, “Do I need to get milk on the way home?” The slight and derivative “Devil's Due” drags “Rosemary's Baby” into the genre's most overused convention with the story of newlyweds Samantha (Allison Miller), perky and sweet, and camera-obsessed Zach (Zach Gilford), pathological about digitally logging their young lives.
January 17, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah--Sundance movies can premiere to varying degrees of scrutiny. Few films, though, come in drawing the kind of attention of Zach Braff's “Wish I Was Here. " After all, it's been exactly 10 years since Braff debuted his zeitgeist-defining “Garden State,” with a raucous screening leading to a big sale and one of the quintessential indie movies of the 2000s. Braff hasn't directed a film since, concentrating on his acting. Even more pointedly, his new movie, about a 30-something struggling actor and dad who looks for a life reset of sorts, is funded in large part with the help of Kickstarter--about 60% of its $5 million budget comes from a vast network of 47,000 fans.
January 12, 2014 |
There is no denying the marquee abilities UCLA freshman Zach LaVine can bring to a game. He gave a sparse crowd at Pauley Pavilion a peek of those Sunday. LaVine's 19 points in UCLA's 87-72 Pac-12 Conference victory over Arizona State won't jump off the stat sheet, as he was one of five Bruins in double figures. But what he did during an eight-minute stretch in the first half should get the chatter going around the water cooler. He scored 15 points to fuel a 20-8 run that gave UCLA (13-3 overall, 2-1 in Pac-12 play)
January 6, 2014 |
Zach Johnson started the new year the way he ended the last one. Johnson pulled away with three consecutive birdies on the back nine at Kapalua, Hawaii, and closed with a seven-under-par 66 for a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions on Monday. Spieth, who had a one-shot lead going to the back nine, birdied his last two holes for a 69. "I just picked it apart," said Johnson, who finished at 19-under 273. "I didn't deviate from anything I typically do on a golf course.
January 4, 2014 |
Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Zach Lee will be among the 15 prospects who will participate in the Dodgers' annual winter development program next week at Dodger Stadium. The primary purpose of the five-day camp, which starts Sunday, is to familiarize players with the Los Angeles area, as well as life in the major leagues. Over the last six years, 40 graduates of the program reached the major leagues. The players will perform community service and listen to a series of speakers, including Don Mattingly, Tom Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Eric Karros, Shawn Green, Stan Kasten (kids, just laugh at his jokes, even if they aren't funny)
December 18, 2013 |
For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there's Zach Clark's brittle indie confection "White Reindeer. " Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Suzanne, a chipper real estate agent and devoted wife to her weatherman husband. Suzanne is in good spirits with her beloved yuletide season in full swing, until her spouse's sudden murder - with nearly a month to go before Christmas - sends her into a grief-stricken limbo. As Suzanne explores unearthed secrets about her husband, she seeks out and befriends a single-mom stripper (Laura Lemar-Goldsborough)
December 8, 2013 |
Zach Johnson defeated Tiger Woods on the first hole of a playoff to win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and cap a wild finish to Woods' charity golf tournament Sunday. After Johnson made a par four on the playoff hole -- the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks -- Woods' putt for par to extend the playoff curled out of the cup and left him with a bogey. The two players, who were paired together, came to the last hole of regulation play tied at 13 under par. Woods hit his approach shot into a bunker in front of the green at the par-four 18th hole, seemingly giving the advantage to Johnson.
December 7, 2013 |
There would be no tournament records for Tiger Woods on Saturday. One day after his scorching 10-under-par 62, Woods had to settle for par 72 in the face of gusty winds at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. But that still was good enough for the third-round lead of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, which benefits Woods' charities. Woods, who already has won the event a record five times, was 11 under par (205) and held a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who also shot 72. Bubba Watson shot a three-under 69 to climb into contention at seven under, while Matt Kuchar struggled to a four-over 76 and was fourth at four under.
December 6, 2013 |
Tiger Woods and the other 17 players in Woods' charity tournament had to wait an extra hour to tee off Friday because of morning frost at Sherwood Country Club. Woods said he also "didn't warm up well" when he was practicing on the driving range. "I was not hitting it very good. " But that all changed on the course, where Woods got hot in a hurry and showed why he's the world's top-ranked player and a five-time winner of his event. Woods fired a 10-under-par 62, tying his tournament record, to surge into the second-round lead of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.