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Movie Review: "The Lazarus Effect" Is Heart Pounding Horror

Thu, Feb 26, 2015 | Filed in: Film / Movie Reviews

Photos by Relativity Media, Daniel McFadden

In last year's Luc Besson sci-fi summer thriller, “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson’s character is able to access 100% of her brain after taking a substance called CPH4. Twist that concept into a science experiment; add some demonic traits and you have “The Lazarus Effect;” the latest horror film from Blumhouse Productions. Documentary director, David Gelb (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) and co-writers, Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”) and Luke Dawson (“Shutter) properly follow the “and then there was one” scenario; hitting the blood-curdling bullseye. This 83-minute fright ride is well cast with impressive petrifying special effects, makeup and all the right scares around all the right corners. 

In a culture obsessed with zombies and super-natural elements, “humans coming back from the dead” is an incredibly popular storyline.

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"Focus" Movie Review: Will Smith & Margot Robbie Make The Perfect Partners In Crime

Wed, Feb 25, 2015 | Filed in: Film / Movie Reviews

Photos: Warner Bros Pictures

Back from a much-needed vacation after starring alongside his son Jaden in the critically panned “After Earth,” Will Smith makes a welcome return to the big screen in “Focus,” a romantic action comedy co-starring Margot Robbie (“Wolf of Wall Street”). 

Written and directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the crafty filmmaking team behind  “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” this latest mash-up of the romantic comedy and crime action genres is a sporadically silly but coolly crafted and wholly enjoyable popcorn flick. If you can suspend your disbelief and look beyond some of the story’s implausibilities, “Focus” will strike you as a smooth cinematic experience suitable for the date crowd and action fans alike.

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Remembering George Harrison On His Birthday

Wed, Feb 25, 2015 | Filed in: Music

Today George Harrison would have been 72 years-old. We take a moment every February 25th to remember the legendary 'Beatle' who gave us some of the best music ever written and performed. Happy Birthday George!

A ceremony near Griffith Observatory will take place, in which a yew pine tree, chosen by Harrison’s family will replace the original Canary Island pine tree, which used to stand as a memorial.

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Killer Of 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Found Guilty

Wed, Feb 25, 2015 | Filed in: Breaking News

Chris KYlrePhoto of Chris Kyle. Credit Paul Moseley/AP

After a nine-day trial, Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine and Iraq War vet who shot and killed famous American Sniper Chris Kyle, has been convicted. The 27 year-old was found guilty of capital murder on Tuesday. Routh confessed to shooting Kyle and Littlefield shortly after being arrested the day of the incident.

On February 2nd, 2013, Routh shot both Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Fort Worth, Texas.

Routh had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon returning from his service. The jury was made up of 10 women and two men.

The case has been in the spotlight after Clint Eastwood directed the film adaptation of Kyle's story in the Oscar-nominated and box office hit, "American Sniper." 

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NFL Says This Time They Are More Serious About A Stadium In Los Angeles

Tue, Feb 24, 2015 | Filed in: Health/Sports Fitness

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For two decades, billionaires, business leaders, Hollywood celebrities and high-powered politicians have taken turns trying to coax the NFL back to Los Angeles. Their efforts have been futile. Football fans in the region, fatigued by broken promises and dead-end deals, have been largely skeptical. They’ve revealed their feelings in letters and online posts that can best be summarized: Don’t call us until you start pouring cement. Now, in the last few weeks, NFL owners have muscled their way onto the stage, throwing in their own money and making their stadium plans very public. For the first time since 1994, the NFL’s return to Los Angeles might be more than a dream. “People are actually investing dollars into getting something done,” said Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, chairman of the league committee looking into the L.A. market. “People can take that as maybe we’re more serious than we’ve been over the last decade or so.”  

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