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‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

Director Ruben Fleischer arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gangster Squad” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images A team of merciless cops go after a mob boss, by any means necessary. It’s the classic film noir premise, and in this time set in a moonlit mid-century […]

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser amidst the poppies, California’s Gold. Credit: Huell Howser Viewers loved him for his genuine sense of wonder. Californians loved him because he shone a light on some of the state’s most beautiful, interesting and unique areas, businesses and events. To the sorrow of many, Huell Howser has died today. RELATED: Huell Howser is retiring: […]

Echoes of our ancestors: traditional vs. modern societies

Echoes of our ancestors: traditional vs. modern societies

“The World Until Yesterday,” by Jared Diamond The “yesterday” in the title of Jared Diamond’s new book refers to the period 11,000 years ago when hunter-gatherer groups evolved into modern human societies.  Despite the emergence of civilization, organized religion, industrialization and mass communication, have we really changed that much as humans?  Has ordered government supplanted […]

Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

Staff members of Al-Jazeera prepare for a broadcast in Doha, Qatar. Credit: Deborah Amos/NPR The Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera has purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV. The cost of Current is rumored to be $500 million, with a $100 million payout to Gore. Current has been struggling to establish itself as a […]

Far from normal, ParaNorman pushes the boundaries of animation

Far from normal, ParaNorman pushes the boundaries of animation

A general view at the pre-party for the premiere of Focus Features’ “ParaNorman” at Universal CityWalk on August 5, 2012 in Universal City, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Production house Laika and Focus Features were responsible for 2009’s Coraline, the first-ever stop motion 3D movie.  They continued on the path of innovation this year […]

Like, Outrage: Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

Like, Outrage: Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

The view from Coldwater Canyon Park. Credit: BitHead/Flickr San Fernando Valley nature lovers and environmental groups say the Army Corps Of Engineers recently cleared too much vegetation from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society says the Army Corps of Engineers “(L)aid waste to the South Wildlife Reserve in the Sepulveda […]

Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

The view from Coldwater Canyon Park. Credit: BitHead/Flickr San Fernando Valley nature lovers and environmental groups say the Army Corps Of Engineers recently cleared too much vegetation from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society says the Army Corps of Engineers “(L)aid waste to the South Wildlife Reserve in the Sepulveda […]

What if superheroes could be held legally responsible for their actions?

What if superheroes could be held legally responsible for their actions?

“The Law of SuperHeroes” by James Daily and Ryan Davidson Credit: Penguin Group (USA) Invoking suspension of disbelief allows us to enjoy superhero and supervillain sagas without worrying about whether or not these fictional characters are liable for the legal repercussions of their actions; however, what if Lex Luthor could sue Superman for assault? Would […]

Chinese elderly can sue their children for lack of visits

Chinese elderly can sue their children for lack of visits

An elderly woman rides a tricycle along a road in Beijing. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images As the holidays wind down in America, some family members may find themselves relieved to escape the presence of their parents. Here in the United States, and other Western countries, we are free to engage with our parents as much or […]

Biggest failures and flops of 2012

Biggest failures and flops of 2012

Central Intelligence Agency Director, David Petraeus, participates in a House Select Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee joint hearing, on Sept. 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images While it’s nice to look at who came out on top at the end of the year, it’s also worthwhile to remember the losers. Besides, […]