| Dec 10, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Stray rays of sunlight streamed through an expanse of windows at the Maple Park Community Center, reflecting on hundreds of black and white chess pieces awaiting competition.
The competitors, aged from kindergarten to high school, entered the center&...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:30 PM
High-profile studios pics mingled with small-scale indies as Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" led nominations for the 29th Independent Spirit Awards with seven followed by Paramount Vantage's "Nebraska" with six.
In a year chock full of worth films,...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Often in error but never in doubt, Barack Obama could walk into the Rose Garden and step on a half-dozen rakes like Foghorn Leghorn in an old Looney Tunes cartoon, and the official line would be, "He meant to do that."
And the amazing thing is that so...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Very little in the movies is harder to get right than very recent history. "Computer Chess," a fantastically deadpan comedy from the writer-director Andrew Bujalski, gets its chosen corner of the early 1980s very, very right — and on a wee budget,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Here we go again. The most impressive, or maybe just depressive, aspect of the current debate over what to do about Syria is the air of unreality about it. Words, words, words about Syria -- but only words, no action -- filled the daily news and...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:46 PM
"Brooklyn Castle" (PBS, Monday). "I think that this is a good thing for kids to be exposed to," coach Elizabeth Vicary says in Katie Dellamaggiore's 2012 film about a fearsome and lovable inner-city middle-school chess team, "the idea that truth isn&...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 8:08 PM
Mark Saylor, a former Los Angeles Times editor who oversaw a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles on corruption in the entertainment industry, died Friday of cancer at his Pasadena home, his wife said. He was 58.
Saylor, who was also a nationally...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 6:39 AM
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - This is the only country that gives you a bath before they send you home.
The Blue Lagoon, open year-round, rain or shine, envelops thousands of tourists from all over the world in its misty embrace.
Many of them come in big...
| Dec 1, 2012
Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson, who was once the world's second-ranked women's chess player and eloped in 1988 with the captain of the U.S. chess team when they were both playing at a tournament in Greece, has died. She was 55.
Donaldson, who earned...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:04 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Korey Kormick, 29, has not had health insurance for at least a decade. His job, as a contract employee directing chess tournaments and coaching kids in the fundamentals of the game, doesn't offer it, and he hasn't been able to...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:11 AM
The unnamed scriptwriter who narrates Frank D. Gilroy's Kindle single "Crooning," set in 1958, doesn't think filming a movie in Havana is a very good idea.
But producer and want-to-be-star Dick Powell (a fictionalized version of the real-life actor),...