By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle Published 10:43 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 His nose beet red from two hours of exposure in these brutal elements and his arms covered by two long blue sleeves, Justin Verlander bounded from the mound. Brian Dozier dribbled a swinging bunt to his right. Verlander reached the baseball, but turning a play was impossible. He circled the grass and returned to work. A 2-0 win hung on his right arm, against an adversary with which he had far too many encounters. Joe Mauer entered Monday evening a .325 career hitter against Verlander, clubbing four home runs against his former division nemesis. Five doubles, too. A sixth was struck on Verlander's fourth pitch of the game, though no harm became of it. Little of this was foreign to Verlander. Thirteen years in this division — the American League Central — provided frigid conditions. On this Minneapolis night, temperatures dipped into the 20s. Pitching during such absurdity resembles … [Read more...] about Justin Verlander strong night secures Astros victory against Twins
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By Sandra Barrera | [email protected] | Daily NewsApril 5, 2018 at 8:29 am Los Angeles’ long-running “Noir City: Hollywood” returns to the Egyptian Theatre for the 15th year, and this film festival has it all. The festival, which opens Friday, April 13 and runs through Sunday, April 22, fuses together films that were shot on the streets of Los Angeles, rarities and an appearance by the master of noir crime fiction James Ellroy into a must-see event for cinephiles. Here are the highlights: The Place: Los Angeles Corrupt cops, gumshoes, bitter beauties, two-timers, psychopathic killers – these are the complex characters who inhabit the festival’s hardboiled crime dramas, all of which were either made or set in the City of Angels. “Let’s face it, Los Angeles is the city of noir,” said Alan K. Rode, author of the recent book “Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film” who returns as festival host alongside Eddie Muller of the Film Noir … [Read more...] about See killer lineup of LA movies at ‘Noir City: Hollywood’ film festival
Film Journal International, however, gives credit to their ever-supportive executives and a dedicated team of talents that helped them put on the show. They also stressed the encouragement, not to mention many goodies and prizes, that their theatres receive from partners in distribution. We encourage our readers to check out the accomplishments on display during ShoWest that so very well exemplify how movies are best when experienced at the movie theatre.FJI February 2008, atriptothemovies.com) enthuses, “I love being a part of an industry where magic is still real! Enticing moviegoers with extras like the chance to meet a celebrity, win great prizes or have a delicious meal are all just part of getting them out to their favorite theatre.”The Tripper, an event that started with a ceremonial pitch for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and did not end at the after-party meet-and-greet, resulting in the marketing award for “Best Community Event.” The Hollywood … [Read more...] about ON WITH THE SHOW!
A version of this story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Some writers have the knack to write like they talk, to talk like they write. Some people are both highbrow and lowbrow, equally at ease in a Paris salon and a working-class bar near Wrigley Field. While many writers are reclusive, private and neurotic, a few are gregarious, avidly public and seemingly devoid of complexes. Similarly, some try to hide their weaknesses and fake what they don't know, while others are up front about their shortcomings or, as we have witnessed over the past decade, about the ravages of their ailments. Roger Ebert, whom I knew since I was 16 years old -- and who died April 4 -- had all of these positive traits, which goes at least part of the way toward explaining why he became the first celebrity film critic, a man recognized on the street no matter where he was, the only critic whose death was sympathetically noted by a sitting American president. And the first … [Read more...] about Todd McCarthy on the Secret to Roger Ebert’s Popularity
Kristen Bell is returning to the CMT Awards this summer, and this time, she’s bringing Jason Aldean.The duo will host this year’s country music celebration on June 5 from Nashville's Bridgeston Arena, they announced on Twitter Thursday.“I had so much fun hosting the CMT Awards last year, so I was thrilled to be invited back this year,” says Bell. “I think Jason Aldean is one of country music’s best and promises to be an excellent co-host.” PHOTOS: CMT Music Awards 2012 Bell announced her return earlier this week, while the duo revealed Aldean’s involvement by tweeting a photo of the country singer donning a Veronica Mars t-shirt. Bell, meanwhile, modeled a concert tee from one of Aldean’s shows.“I’m always looking for new challenges,” said Aldean. “Hosting a show has always seemed fun, but it has never felt like the right time. I think now that I’ve checked a few big things off my bucket list … [Read more...] about CMT Music Awards: Jason Aldean to Co-Host With Kristen Bell