January 10, 2013
Q: I want to open a brokerage account, but the brokerages I've looked at require initial investments of between $1,000 and $5,000. What can I do? - R.W., Lexington, Ky. A: Keep looking. Some brokerages don't have minimums. Others have modest ones. Scottrade and E-Trade, for example, require just $500 for some accounts. Commissions at many brokerages are now as low as $5 or $10 per trade, down from $30 to $50 a few years ago, and far better than the hundreds of dollars that some full-service brokerages still charge.
November 19, 1993 |
What frivolous fun is Laughter in Paradise, this naughty 1951 comedy about a notorious practical joker who dies and leaves a will that stipulates which various criminal and humiliating tasks each of his beneficiaries must fulfill in order to receive an inheritance. Just how low would you stoop for a high sum? In the cockamamie world of this British import, marriage seems considerably more larcenous than robbery, to name two of the stipulated tasks. And then, just how do you go about getting yourself put behind bars?
July 18, 2008 |
DESPITE FIERCE competition from a colorful Rogues Gallery that is arguably the best in comics, The Joker will continue to stand alone as Batman's No. 1 adversary. "That seems to be the case," said Image Comics' Erik Larsen. "Not for any thematic reason - he's not a mirror image of Batman or any of that nonsense - it's more a sense of him being the coolest character of the lot. " "No doubt," said 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner. "Batman is order and The Joker lives to create chaos.
June 23, 1989 |
The first thing you notice about "Batman" is it doesn't live up to the hype. Big deal. No movie could. So forget the hype. Truth is, stacked up against the blockbuster summer retreads, "Batman" fills up the big screen like no other movie this season. The picture succeeds if for no other reason than it offers the largest helping of Jack Nicholson ever served to moviegoers in one sitting. Nicholson, who plays the Joker to Michael Keaton's Batman, has never been more commanding.
June 22, 1989 |
With "Batman" the movie winging its way to our city tomorrow, those who keep an eye on celebrity types worth keeping an eye on now must turn to the subject of Jerry Hall. The Nearly Mrs. Mick Jagger. Professional model, mother of two (produced during her 12 years of cohabitation with Mick), actress wannabe. Now that long, tall, Texas drink of water plays the gangster's moll Alicia, who romances Jack Nicholson's villainous "Joker" and comes to a very bad end. First off, how did she get a part, albeit a small one, in one of the most hugely hyped movies of all time?
July 18, 2008 |
Criminals are a "superstitious, cowardly lot," according to millionaire Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27, published in 1939. That's why he chose the bat as his costumed symbol. But in "The Dark Knight," things are more complicated in 21st century Gotham City, and director Christopher Nolan fine-tunes the character he created in 2005's "Batman Begins. " Gone is the childhood trauma of seeing his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne gunned down in cold blood. "The origin story is a very heavy story, but it very much binds you to the past," Nolan said.
June 23, 1989 |
What does it say about our spiritual void and urban fear that two of Hollywood's summer blockbusters are about the search for God and the other pair are about vigilantes' vanquishing bad vibes in Gotham? If Batman did nothing else but restore pulp-art shadow to the icon sanitized in his pop-art TV reincarnation, it would be an achievement. Tim Burton's Batman, starring a subdued Michael Keaton as you-know-who and a supercharged Jack Nicholson as the Joker, handily accomplishes that mission.
May 26, 2012 |
Shawn Casady on Elm Rock LLC's Zubantos won the $2,500 Junior Jumpers, Gambler's Choice on Friday evening at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. He was one of only three riders in the ribbons to jump the Joker fence. In the Gambler's Choice, each fence is given a point value according to its difficulty. At the end of the time allowed to jump the fences, riders have the option of jumping the Joker, gaining another 200 points if they jump it clean but losing 200 points if they have it down.
June 5, 1993 |
Riding an 8-year-old horse shown primarily in the amateur divisions, Beezie Patton pulled out all the stops to win last night's $10,000 Gambler's Choice class at the Devon Horse Show. In the Gambler's Choice, the rider plans his or her own route over the course. Last night's competition was scored as a speed class with faults converted into additional seconds. Riders could choose whether to negotiate the "joker" fence, and risk adding 6 seconds to their scores if it was knocked down, or benefit by subtracting 6 seconds from their scores if the "joker" was cleared.
July 15, 1987 |
Most of the great lines and scenes in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" come straight from Gustav Hasford's startling Vietnam novel, "The Short-Timers. " The book has the line about how great it is to meet "interesting, stimulating people of an ancient culture . . . and kill them. " It's got, "Be the first kid on your block to get a confirmed kill. " It's got, "They've taken away our freedom and given it to the (Vietnamese), but the (Vietnamese) don't want it. They'd rather be alive than free.