September 27, 2010
While the Washington Wizards introduced a youthfully overhauled roster, including No. 1 overall pick John Wall, to the media on Monday, the spotlight during the approximately two-hour session quickly turned to their longest-tenured player when guard Gilbert Arenas entered the practice court at Verizon Center. After several stops to pose for pictures, the three-time All-Star participated in a short news conference in which he answered questions, mostly about his comeback from last season's 50-game suspension for bringing firearms into the Verizon Center locker room.
July 30, 2010
Somehow, it's not hard to imagine Richie Fields at 16, driving a van down Coastal Highway at 3 a.m. to deliver fresh doughnuts from his parents' Ocean City bakery to a chain of convenience stores. With his contagious grin and friendly personality, he's always been something of a natural salesman. But picture the future country music singer negotiating a side deal to navigate his doughnut-shop-on-wheels around the streets of a trailer park at 8 a.m. each weekday, honking his horn and calling out, "Doughnuts, pastries!"
January 20, 2009
$39.99 for Sony PlayStation 2. Rated Mature. *** Persona 4 is a heck of a lot like Persona 3, for better or worse. Players who liked that game's randomly generated dungeons and virtual-socializing aspects will find more of those to enjoy here, while players who didn't won't find much to interest them this time around. But for newcomers, there's a lot of potential here. (It's also worth noting that years after the PS2 was rendered technologically obsolete, great games are still being released for it, even if this is likely among the last of them.
February 1, 2008
PHOENIX -- The go-to theme for any tale about Tom Coughlin during Super Bowl week has been this: The New York Giants coach has changed. He has softened his demeanor, toned down his approach to his players and bonded better, and they've taken their transformed relationship to the Super Bowl. Right? Sure. Until Plaxico Burress started making predictions. Whether the storm stirred up by Burress' claim of a 23-17 Giants victory over the New England Patriots has altered Coughlin's new philosophy is anyone's guess.
December 14, 2007
That crunching sound you hear is Ingmar Bergman turning in his frigid Scandinavian grave. In Margot at the Wedding, the writer-director, Noah Baumbach, wants to ape the Bergman of The Passion of Anna and Persona and Saraband. But he never conveys that his dramatis personae have anything of interest to say or that he's seen something in their existential slapstick that justifies spending an hour and a half in their hapless company. After triumphing as a writer-director in his nerve-rattling, tragicomic film about a child's view of divorce, The Squid and the Whale, Baumbach may have felt liberated to amp up another family spectacle of in-grown nuttiness and sorrow.
May 10, 2007
Elvis Costello emerged from the '70s punk explosion as the singer-songwriter of the crowd, and though his music has gone through changes, he hasn't slowed down since. His geeky persona, unique voice and diverse musical output have kept Costello in the spotlight and his fans begging for more. Elvis Costello and the Imposters play Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, on Saturday. Tickets are $60 in advance, $65 on the day of the show. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.