April 29, 2013 |
Haters, hate away. Despite facing criticism in the media and online for allegedly milking cash from fans, actor and director Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign to fund his latest film “Wish I Was Here” reached its $2-million fundraising goal over the weekend. It only took three days. “I really did not expect this level of support,” Braff said in an interview with The Times last week, as his campaign neared its goal. “It's extremely gratifying.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “Wish I Was Here” is up to nearly $2.2 million with 25 days to go in the fundraising campaign.
April 26, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
April 25, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn - With all the pushing, shoving, grabbing and holding that goes on between Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph , Griffin was asked if it has been easy to maintain his composure in the battle of All-Star power forwards. "Not really," Griffin acknowledged. And yet Griffin has. That's because he knows the Clippers need him during the Western Conference first-round series against the Grizzlies. "Sometimes it's a call you don't agree with," Griffin said, "but that's like every other game.
April 25, 2013 |
Actor and director Zach Braff's efforts to use Kickstarter to fund a movie about a struggling actor's existential crisis has turned into a minor public relations crisis. Mere hours after launching the campaign to fund production for "Wish I Was Here," the follow-up to his cult hit “Garden State,” the backlash started. Commenters on Twitter and in the trades on Wednesday accused Braff of cynically leveraging free money from fans on behalf of Hollywood producers, who would have funded the film and acceded to his creative demands regardless.
April 24, 2013 |
Nine years after making his directorial debut in “Garden State,” actor Zach Braff is looking to direct a follow-up he's written, entitled “Wish I Was Here,” about a struggling actor's existential crisis. One would think, given "Garden State's" critical success and its $35.8-million worldwide box office take on an estimated budget of $2.5 million, Braff would have no trouble securing the financing and creative freedom he needs to make the film happen. Not so, says Braff.
April 22, 2013 |
A push and a shove here, a grab and hold there. A knee, an elbow, a pull-down and a throw to the side. That's what all have come to expect when Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin and Memphis All-Star power forward Zach Randolph face off in a game. It's what happened during four regular-season games. It's what happened during Game 1 of the teams' Western Conference first-round playoff series Saturday night, a 112-91 Clippers victory. And it's expected to be the same when the teams meet again in Game 2 Monday night at Staples Center.
March 13, 2013 |
Goaltender Zach Sikich's NHL career lasted only a few minutes. But he will have great stories to tell his son and newborn daughter about the small role he played Tuesday as the Ducks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Wild at St. Paul, Minn. It was the Ducks' fourth straight win and eighth straight game with a point (6-0-2). Scheduled starter Viktor Fasth sustained an upper-body injury during the morning skate, thrusting Jonas Hiller into a starting role and leaving the Ducks scrambling for a backup.
March 3, 2013 |
The small-market Minnesota Wild made the biggest splash in last summer's free-agency market by signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts. They immediately became symbols of the long, salary-cap-minimizing deals NHL owners freely handed out and then insisted be banished. The new collective bargaining agreement limits contracts to seven years, except for eight years when a team re-signs its free agent. Were Parise and Suter the last passengers on the free-agency gravy train?