July 28, 2012 |
Compared to the traditional protagonists of summer movies, Greg Heffley really doesn't measure up. He's a skinny little thing, is no pillar of rectitude and doesn't have much in the way of friends. But to countless young boys, Greg feels like a real superhero, even as he's becoming better behaved on screen than he is in print. Opening Friday,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"is the third entry in what has been a small but modestly successful series. Adapted from Jeff Kinney's wildly popular illustrated books, the films chronicle the everyday struggles of middle-school student Greg.
April 13, 2012 |
A Maine man says he lied when he accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him. Zachary Tomaselli of Lewiston said Friday that he fabricated the allegations and took pride in his ability to convince people his claims were true. He told the Associated Press he's a "habitual liar and sociopath" who lacks feelings for others. Two other men made accusations against Fine but prosecutors say too much time had passed to consider charges related to their allegations.
October 20, 2011 |
In late 2008, "Margin Call" looked like the kind of film project that could languish indefinitely: an unfinanced script from a first-time writer-director on a wonkish subject — the math behind Wall Street's recent collapse. Then Spock beamed in. Zachary Quinto had just wrapped filming on J.J. Abrams' reboot of "Star Trek," playing the pointy-eared young Starfleet Academy commander, and his NBC show "Heroes" had a cult following. He had formed a production company with two drama school friends and was looking for projects, so he met "Margin Call" writer-director J.C. Chandor at the Fairfax Farmers Market on the recommendation of a mutual friend.
October 17, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday: "Star Trek" and "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto comes out as a gay man. ( Los Angeles Times ) Racing wife Ashley Judd mourns the death of Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon. ( USA Today ) "Real Steel" still packs a punch. The robot boxing movie beat out "Footloose" and "The Thing" at the box office. ( Los Angeles Times ) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," "The Dark Knight Rises," Darth Vader and "Doctor Who" all take Scream Awards.
August 12, 2011 |
Thomas Finchum and Drew Livingston scored three perfect 10s on their way to winning the AT&T National Diving Championship synchronized men's platform gold medal Friday night at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center. But 12-year-old Jordan Windle and his 13-year-old partner Zachary Cooper drew smiles with a fifth-place finish that might have signaled their arrival as a team to be watched. Finchum and Livingston, who were diving together in a meet for the first time, finished with 452.22 points and dominated the competition with their final two dives, for which the perfect scores were given by three judges.
January 9, 2010 |
As it enters its third season, NBC's "Chuck" is the little spy comedy that could, saved from cancellation by fan protest, Subway and the sheer force of creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak's wills. If only any episode of the actual show were as tense and intriguing as the struggle to keep it alive. I say this with love, because I like "Chuck," in no small part because it is one of a handful of shows I can watch with my children. In many ways "Chuck" is precisely the show many Americans say they want.