In Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematic love-in “Inherent Vice,” Joaquin Phoenix plays Doc Sportello, a Los Angeles shamus in Jesus sandals trucking through the sunshine and noir like a stoner Philip Marlowe. Based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, the film is set in 1970, the year after Charles Manson freaked the city out and its good vibrations faded into an endless summer bummer. That’s the gospel according to Joan Didion , at any rate, who in “The White Album” writes that many people she knew believed the 1960s ended Aug. 9, 1969, the day the Manson Family began its Helter Skelter frenzy. Somehow Doc, a hippie crowned in a halo of pot smoke, never got the message. Mr. Anderson, a Los Angeles son and its reigning cinema laureate, knows California’s plagues and pleasures well. His films are filled with its light and malevolent forces, its faith healers and dream peddlers. Bodies writhe like Cecil B. DeMille extras in “Boogie Nights,” in which a pornutopia is found and lost, while a … [Read more...] about Noir Days of Sun, Los Angeles Smog and Marijuana Haze
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in a triple homicide in Southern California who died in a shootout with police was a Virginia law enforcement officer who police believe drove across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Austin Lee Edwards, 28, also likely set fire to the family's home in Riverside, California, on the day of the shooting Friday before leaving with the girl, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release. Deputies exchanged gunfire with and fatally shot Edwards after locating him with the teenager later that day, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Riverside Police said in news releases. Until last month, Edwards was a Virginia State Police trooper, and was recently hired as a sheriff's deputy in that state, spokespersons said. Edwards, a resident of North Chesterfield, … [Read more...] about California police: Virginia man killed family, took teenager
Click here to read the full article. Harvey Weinstein will not testify in his ongoing sexual assault and rape trial. Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, told the judge on Monday morning that his client would not be testifying. Weinstein also confirmed that it is his decision not to take the stand, telling the judge that he opted not to testify. More from Variety Film and TV Charity Launches Behind The Scenes Week - Global Bulletin Harvey Weinstein, Convicted Rapist, Gloats Over 'She Said' Fizzling at Box Office Quentin Tarantino Regrets Not Having 'Man-to-Man Talk' With Harvey Weinstein: 'I Didn't Want to Deal With His Pathetic-ness' “I want you to understand that you have an absolute right to testify,” Judge Lisa B. Lench told Weinstein in the courtroom on Monday morning. She also told Weinstein that he has the right not to testify. “Yes,” Weinstein responded, indicating to the judge that he understands his rights, but has decided not to testify. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Will Not Testify in L.A. Rape Trial
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley has labored to enroll more Black and Latino students in the quarter century since the state barred the consideration of race or ethnicity in its admissions. Still, those groups remain underrepresented at the renowned public university here on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. The gap is huge for Latino students. They account for 55 percent of California's public school students, state data show, but 19 percent of UC-Berkeley undergraduates. UC-Berkeley is undeniably diverse. Just 20 percent of its undergraduates are White. But is it diverse enough? The university's demographics, and its arduous efforts to shape them, illuminate the stakes as the Supreme Court weighs a potential ban nationwide on affirmative action in admissions. Voters in California banned schools from considering the race of … [Read more...] about UC-Berkeley can’t use race in admissions. Is it a model for the country?
LOS ANGELES — Because he was told that neo-westerns were box office poison, and he wrote the screenplay for “ Hell or High Water ” anyway, resulting in one of the few Hollywood films of 2016 to shine a light on red-state America . Because, as a former actor, he creates vivid characters that are fun to perform. Because he was overlooked by Oscar voters for his last script, the much-admired drug thriller “ Sicario .” Could voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences talk themselves into giving Taylor Sheridan the trophy for best original screenplay? With a week and a half to go before ballots are due, the annual Oscar race has officially entered the stage when voters can grow bored with the sure bets — repeated for months by prognostication outfits like GoldDerby.com — and look for smaller ways to reward films that have little chance of winning bigger prizes. Fitting that bill this time may be Mr. Sheridan, a nominee for “ Hell or High Water .” The … [Read more...] about Taylor Sheridan on His Oscar-Nominated Screenplay for ‘Hell or High Water’
Former NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was escorted off of a plane Sunday morning by police after getting into an altercation with airplane personnel before takeoff. The American Airlines cabin crew on the flight from Miami to Los Angeles called police and fire department for a medical emergency because Beckham appeared to be “coming in and out of consciousness” when they were asking him to fasten his seatbelt prior to departure, according to a statement from the Miami-Dade Police. They were reportedly nervous that the free agent receiver was seriously ill. From Miami-Dade Police on Odell Beckham Jr. being removed from a flight this morning: pic.twitter.com/ieD40w4wkv — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 27, 2022 The statement by Miami-Dade Police suggests that his reluctancy to not buckle up caused him to be asked to exit the aircraft. Police also stated that Beckham refused to leave the plane until officers arrived to the terminal. Odell Beckham Jr. … [Read more...] about Odell Beckham Jr. Gets Escorted Off Plane By Police. Did He Blow His Opportunity To Get Signed?