Great Ape: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Reviewed

Three years ago, expectations for Rise of the Planet of the Apes were understandably low. The director (Rupert Wyatt) wasn't well-known, a lot of people despised the film's star (James Franco) for his Renaissance Man routine, and we all remembered how terrible Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes reboot was. Plus,… » 7/10/14 12:38pm A minute ago

Cruise Control: The Loopy Terror Of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise is not like us. This was always pretty evident, but as recently detailed in this great Amy Nicholson L.A. Weekly story, it became inescapable fact around 2005, when he jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch. That story is full of convincing evidence that the whole couch episode didn't happen the way you remember… » 7/10/14 12:14pm 25 minutes ago

Bill Hillmann: I Got Gored By A Fucking Bull

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann was gored while running with the bulls in Pamplona. A journalist, novelist, and former boxer, Bill and I have known each other since our time at Columbia College Chicago, where even then he was recognized for his frontline reportage, some of which has since appeared around these parts.… » 7/10/14 10:14am Today 10:14am

Red Sox DFA A.J. Pierzynski, Smear Him On His Way Out

The Red Sox let A.J. Pierzynski go yesterday, barely halfway through his one-year, $8.25 million deal. It is the second least-surprising thing in the world that he reportedly rubbed teammates the wrong way by being a loner, ignoring his pitchers, and generally being a prick. (The first least-surprising thing in the… » 7/10/14 9:57am Today 9:57am

Donald Sterling's Not Getting Along Nicely With His Wife In Court

Donald Sterling was back in court today against his wife Shelly. His testimony had a few bizarre moments yesterday, and the circus continued today. More importantly, though, there's a strong feeling that this shit won't be over before the NBA Board of Governors meeting on July 15 to approve Steve Ballmer as new… » 7/09/14 10:46pm Yesterday 10:46pm

What Brazil's Loss Meant, And What It Didn't Mean

When you visit the Museu do Futebol in São Paulo, you are at one point obliged to enter a long, narrow, pitch-black room, in which the increasingly loud pounding of a heartbeat plays heavily over concealed speakers as images of the Maracanazo—Brazil's infamous loss in the final of the 1950 World Cup in Rio de… » 7/09/14 6:01pm Yesterday 6:01pm

What Brazil's Loss Meant, And What It Didn't Mean

When you visit the Museu do Futebol in São Paulo, you are at one point obliged to enter a long, narrow, pitch-black room, in which the increasingly loud pounding of a heartbeat plays heavily over concealed speakers as images of the Maracanazo—Brazil's infamous loss in the final of the 1950 World Cup in Rio de… » 7/09/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm