| May 16, 2014
| 8:20 PM
It’s become an annual rite of the Cannes Film Festival -- Harvey Weinstein presents his upcoming movies to journalists and international distributors at an upfront presentation of sorts on the festival’s first Friday.
And it’s become...
| Oct 27, 2011
In the mid-1950s mathematician John McCarthy issued a call for research on "Automata Studies," but the phrase was so bland that few people understood what he meant. So he came up with a more provocative description of the idea he was promoting.
| Jul 29, 2011
| 4:40 PM
I was quite surprised to read not one but two columnists attack a new law, the FAIR Education Act, just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
I usually find both columnists quite interesting and agree with most of their viewpoints, especially Dan Kimber's...
| Sep 8, 2012
During Jon Marans' "The Temperamentals," the season-opening play by Rep Stage about the gay rights movement, a woman raises the subject of marriage.
"I definitely do not believe in homosexuals marrying," she says.
She isn't talking about same-sex...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 12:29 PM
NEW YORK — Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Benedict Cumberbatch got an early birthday surprise Thursday morning. Following some time in New Zealand working on the next “Hobbit” film, the British actor, who turns 37 Friday, was on his way from a “Star Trek: Into Darkness”...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:11 PM
For the first time, a computer program has officially passed the Turing Test, which measures a machine's ability to think for itself -- at least under the standards set by a competition in Britain.
The achievement, being hailed as a milestone for the...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Squareone Entertainment has acquired German rights and partnered with Telepool on the historical drama "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Morten Tyldum directed the film from Graham Moore's script, based on Andrew...
| May 16, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The Weinstein Co. unveiled its upcoming slate at a market presentation in the Cannes Majestic Hotel on Friday afternoon, with COO David Glasser introducing Harvey Weinstein, who in turn introduced some of his stars in attendance -- Ryan Reynolds, Naomi...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas.
No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Though not billed as such, a kind of battle royal occurred Friday night in Echo Park. Pitting man versus machine, human hands versus electric circuits, eardrum-massaging bass tones versus mesmerizing, interlocked beats, the duel played out before a...