There is nothing to indicate that Bowe Bergdahl’s behavior in Afghanistan was heroic. For that matter, neither was the behavior of Jessica Lynch, Lori Piestewa, or Patrick Tillman. But they were good soldiers, and that’s more important. The bar of heroism has been lowered substantially by two successive administrations, trying to put lipstick on the Afghanistan pig by showering accolades upon the soldiers fighting it. Any 13-year conflict runs the risk of some stench rubbing off on the soldiers.
A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead Thursday for a class-action lawsuit alleging inadequate -health care provided to more than 34,000 inmates in state prisons that amounted to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.
Seth MacFarlane is one talented guy. Sure, a lot of people have written him off for his “lowbrow” and “tasteless” sense of humor. But few modern performers have mastered such “lowbrow” comedy through everything from animation to feature film to songwriting to live performances. The one thing MacFarlane has yet to do is get in front of the camera and star in a movie. We all know that he’s a gifted voice-over actor, as seen in “Family Guy,” “Ted,” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (yeah, he played the guy in the containment suite believe it or not). Does voice-over acting transfer well to screen acting, though? In MacFarlane’s case, it does.
Despite being a non-fan of writer/director/actor/comedian, Seth MacFarlane (the “brains” behind such farcical fare as Family Guy and Ted), I still had high hopes for his latest project, A Million Ways to Die in the West. I love westerns and the genre is pretty easy pickins when it comes to laughs, but unfortunately MacFarlane scrapes most his material from the bottom of the comedic bucket.
Ryan Doyle pours vinegar into his baking soda bottle as Michael McNeil jumps with anticipation for the eruption at ELLA: Early Language, Learning & Arts Studio on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The words of the day were volcán, erupción or explosión.
“Divergent,” the adaptation of the hit novel by Veronica Roth, hit theaters on March 21. The film was directed by Neil Burger, of “The Illusionist,” and stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice. The Ahwatukee Foothills News (AFN) recently sat down and talked to Miles Teller who plays Peter and Jai Courtney who plays Eric. Teller previously starred in “The Spectacular Now” and will be playing Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot. Courtney worked alongside Bruce Willis in “A Good Day to Die Hard” and recently landed the role of Kyle Reese in “Terminator: Genesis.”
LOS ANGELES — With less than a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood is on lockdown. Guards stand at every door, and handlers with walkie-talkies keep a close eye on any visitors.
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2007 file photo, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres opens the 79th Academy Awards telecast, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, after making her Oscar debut in 2007 and she’s had a close hand in the writing process, Neil Meron said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
FILE - This Nov. 15, 2007 file photo shows Craig Zadan, left, and Neil Meron, producers of the film "Hairspray" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's in Santa Barbara, Calif. Meron, who is producing the Oscar show for the second time with partner Craig Zadan, hopes a careful blend of secrecy and teasing, topped with some of the tightest races in recent Oscar memory, makes the 86th Academy Awards a lure for viewers far and wide. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]