March 13, 2014
WE ONCE called the Board of Revision of Taxes flesh-eating zombies. That was back in 2010, when the BRT filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court challenging the city's ability to abolish it, prompted by decades of patronage, mismanagement and arbitrary property assessments. The city, with the support of voters, split the BRT into two, separating its property-assessment function from its appeals function. When the city tried to gain control of the appeals function, the BRT balked, and the court backed them.
February 9, 2014 |
Ever since Twilight convinced tweens that vampires were hot and fangs a girl's best friend, the multiplex hasn't been safe for honest, blood-soaked, vampires-are-nasty movies. Instead, we're served limp fare like Vampire Academy , a silly fizzle of red corpuscle-spiked froth from Freaky Friday and Mean Girls director Mark Waters. Adapted from the first installment of Richelle Mead's six-novel young adult series, Vampire Academy is a derivative magic 'n' monsters teen rom-com that mixes the not-so-risqué sexuality of Twilight with the high school histrionics of Mean Girls and plops it all down at a Harry Potter -ish school of magic.
October 4, 2013 |
* THE MILLERS. 8:30 tonight, CBS3. * WELCOME TO THE FAMILY. 8:30 tonight, NBC10. * SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. 9:30 tonight, NBC10. * THE ORIGINALS. 9 tonight, CW57. Moves to 8 p.m. Tuesdays next week. "OH, RELAX. It's a fart. Some people think they're funny. " That's Margo Martindale's character talking with her uptight son (Will Arnett) in the premiere tonight of CBS' "The Millers. " But it might as well be the Emmy-winning Martindale addressing fans who loved her as the poisonous Mags Bennett in "Justified" and the ruthless Russian handler Claudia in the FX spy drama "The Americans" and who can't quite get their heads around the idea that she's been reduced to CBS sitcom flatulence.
September 22, 2013 |
'Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sang on the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. "Age is an honor, but it's still not the truth. " Since releasing its debut album in 2008, Vampire Weekend have fit the definition of a postcollegiate indie-pop band. Famously, the four members met while matriculating at Columbia University. It's likely that the words "Ivy League" have appeared alongside the band's name more than any other act in the history of rock-and-roll.
June 28, 2013 |
"BYZANTIUM" doesn't breathe new life into the weary vampires-on-the-run / young-vampires-in-love formulas. But Neil Jordan ("Interview with the Vampire," "The Crying Game") still manages to return this sort of tale to the realm of adults, with the meaty themes and grim, gory violence that "Twilight" scrubbed out. Saoirse Ronan plays our heroine, Eleanor, the young woman who narrates the tale in snippets of memoir that she writes and then throws away. Why? "My story can never be told," she narrates.
May 18, 2013 |
The last of this week's broadcast upfronts was by The CW, whose brand is young, fresh, and hip. Fittingly, The CW's presentation at New York's City Center on Thursday opened with Icona Pop performing the infectious "I Love It. " The network's new schedule includes superpowered teens, vampires, and . . . Mary, Queen of Scots? A series about 16th-century royalty - didn't see that one coming. Despite the departures of Gossip Girl and 90210 , and the looming expiration of Nikita , it is a typically modest harvest of new shows (three dramas)
May 7, 2013 |
With legendary film auteur John Cassavetes as their father and Oscar-nominated actor Gena Rowlands as their mom, it must have seemed inevitable that at least one of the Cassavetes children would become a filmmaker. But all three? Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes laughs when asked if film was a destiny pre-written for the Cassavetes brood: The 47-year-old writer-director's brother Nick, 53, and sister Zoe, 42, are also directors. Cassavetes this week follows up her 2004 documentary, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession with the vampire love story Kiss of the Damned . "I didn't plan to be a director until I was 35. For years I wanted to do anything but!"
April 18, 2013 |
LONG BRANCH, N.J. - I know what you did last summer on New Jersey's beaches . . . and it was gross. Based on the trash left behind by beachgoers, washed ashore from distant landfills or sewer overflows, one can only assume it was a summer to remember. "Volunteers find the wild, the wacky and the weird during the beach sweeps - everything from ant traps to Yoda," said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which organized the cleanups.
December 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - The proverbial "fiscal cliff" is getting closer and closer, but the two sides tasked with negotiating a solution seem to be moving further away. Republicans have to stop using "political math" and say how much they are willing to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, President Obama's surrogate, said on Sunday. House Speaker John Boehner countered that Republicans have a plan for providing $800 billion in new government revenue over the next decade and would consider the elimination of tax deductions on high-income earners.
October 31, 2012
By Douglas Brode The annual observance of Halloween as an unofficial American holiday makes one wonder: Why are many supposedly normal people attracted by the dark side? The success of The Twilight Saga , The Vampire Diaries , and other current vampire tales raises a more specific question: What's behind the allure of this particular creature of the night? Vampires are not new. In Western culture, this unique beast can be traced back to the Bible. In its unexpurgated form, the Hebraic Torah contains a "first wife" of Adam, Lilith, who subsists on human flesh.