How do you cinematically portray one of the most brutal dictators in the history of the world without turning him into a one-dimensional personification of evil? The answer lies in â€œThe Last King of Scotlandâ€ director Kevin Macdonaldâ€™s decision to cast Forest Whitaker in the lead role as Ugandan President Idi Amin.
Whitaker gives the performance of his career, transforming into the charismatic and ruthless figure who most sources say is responsible for around 300,000 deaths during his reign of terror in the early 1970s.
Whitakerâ€™s ability to tap into the leader who could charm reporters... Read More
....And then all of a sudden a feeling of peace came over me. That invisible gun that had been pointing at my head appeared to be gone. "Please fasten the oxygen masks above your head to your face", the ominous voice said. I could hear the other passengers sobbing, crying and praying. Their mortality was apparent now. No more fast cars or TV game shows to take our attention away from the obvious. It had always been like this; a jetliner plunging into the ocean at 600 Miles per hour just made it cynically obvious.
This flight was not very crowded so I had a row to myself. I didn't have anyone... Read More
Ray Bradbury is alive!
Ray Bradbury was born in 1920 and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1938. He is best know for his classic works The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. He spoke today, Sept. 27, at the Santa Monica Public Library for a free book signing and lecture.
In a wheel chair, bad toupee and a jovial mood celebrating his 50th year signing books. His first signing took place two blocks from where we sat attracting a whopping 8 attendees including 4 family members.
He started as a writer in Venice selling newspapers and getting published in pulp magazines like Super Science... Read More
The passing of a loved one is a complicated and horrible experience to go through. Aside from the loss, one has to make arrangements, decide what to do with the body, where to place it, etc. A task that is truly difficult given the grieving circumstances.
The classic examples of body preparation (embalming and cremation) usually go along with other highly practiced forms of body placement (cemeteries, memorials, scattering ashes, etc.). Sometimes, the family may opt for something a bit more unconventional, such as a green or space burial. However, LifeGem has a slightly different approach.... Read More
The Jewish community of Los Angeles is gearing up for the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah starts this coming Friday.
Although gift giving is more associated with Hannuka, it never hurts to start off the new year with a special token for a friend or relative.
Here are three interesting ideas:
It's based on only a few lines from the Bible that are read in synagogues during the Jewish New Year, but the new biblical novel THE SONG OF HANNAH offers readers a 288-page tale of love, jealousy, revenge and redemption.
The book, by Eva Etzioni-Halevy follows the lives of Hannah and Pninah. Once close... Read More
Grammy award winners Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi of DEEP DISH have been fusing electronic house with pop themes for more than 15 years. They're about to make more history as composers of the theme song for the first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansair who blasted off successfully on Soyuz today.
Anousheh Ansari, the first private female space explorer, bought a $20 million ticket for the International Space Station and launched successfully from Russia (9/18).
Well-wishers are logging in to her blog (anoushehansari.com) from around the world. There are entries in many languages,... Read More
The internet has come a long way in the past few years. The web has become something most people use on a daily basis to conduct business, communicate with friends or family and whittle hours away surfing the endless waves of the web. Life before websites like www.youtube.com or www.myspace.com feels more like the middle-ages then the recent past and have become an important part many daily-routines.
A new sensation has web-crawlers buzzing with excitement. "Lonelygirl15" has started a media frenzy stretching from coast to coast in the U.S. and even attracting fans in Europe and Asia. The premise... Read More