| May 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Two modes of realism compete for attention in Chinese arthouse helmer-scribe Wang Chao's "Fantasia," a glum yarn about a working-class family derailed by the breadwinner's illness. On the one hand, the film offers a lucid, unsentimental vision of contempo...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:33 PM
MESA, Ariz. — A buzz ran through the crowd, an accumulation of murmurs and applause that drifted across the pool to where Michael Phelps stood. It was just loud enough to make the swimmer grin as he stepped onto the block.
"You heard people...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Men and women donning fashionable suits and dresses chat over hors d'oeuvres under an enclosure at Pottawatomie Park, as rowing sculls cruise by in the Fox River in St. Charles.
It's a scene the west suburb isn't accustomed to, but it's one the city...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 11:35 PM
IRVINE — The Fourth of July is a major holiday in the U.S. A World Cup soccer match is a big holiday in Brazil whenever it plays.
A day after the U.S. celebrated Independence Day and Brazil celebrated a quarterfinal win on its home soil at the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
TORONTO -- Leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou has begun casting on "The Great Wall," the big-budget, fantasy epic being produced by Legendary Pictures' Chinese offshoot Legendary East.
Addressing the Asian Film Summit that is part of the Toronto Film...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 11:08 PM
Newport Harbor High and USC alumna Kaleigh Gilchrist scored twice Wednesday, helping the United States women's senior national water polo team defeat Australia, 8-6, at the FINA World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
The Americans beat Australia for the...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Nobody wanted the 1984 Summer Olympics except Los Angeles and nobody here wanted to pay for them with public money, so Peter Ueberroth and the organizing committee he led had to drum up private donations and work without the safety net of government...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Just weeks before the world championships in Moscow, the sport of track and field has suffered a major blow with three marquee sprinters testing positive for banned substances.
American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell and...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:18 PM
Little did the Greeks know what they were getting us into back in 1896. And how could they?
Certainly, their vision of the Olympics probably went no further than to celebrate which of them ran the best marathon in a loincloth.
Now, we are three...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 10:03 PM
The locker room in suburban Salt Lake City was secured by a password-locked door. Cellphones were prohibited. Those entering signed a guarantee they wouldn't share information.
Waiting inside was the result of more than two years of work by an...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in a swimming pool. His place in Olympic history is assured, and anything he might accomplish during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro — if he should decide to try and add to his record medal count —...