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2008-12-03 14:33:56

Former Wisconsin football player Leonard Taylor has been charged with threatening his former coach, Barry Alvarez, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The newspaper also reported this week that Taylor Jr., 32, of Indianapolis, threatened women's tennis star, Maria Sharapova. He faces one felony stalking count and one misdemeanor count of telephone harassment involving Alvarez. I'll kill you first, mother (expletive), Taylor allegedly said, the newspaper reported. I've got 24 (expletive)...

2008-11-05 06:00:13

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- In the staid red velvet, white marble setting of the Supreme Court, the justices talked about dirty words Tuesday -- but used none. As they cloaked their language in euphemisms, their varying questions also concealed how they would rule in the dispute that will affect what words are allowed on broadcast TV. The case traces to a 2003 Golden Globes show in which U2 lead singer Bono used an expletive in his televised acceptance speech. The Federal...

2008-11-03 06:00:14

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- When Cher invoked a four-letter expletive during her acceptance speech at a televised awards show, federal regulators deemed it indecent. So, too, when NYPD Blue detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) used dirty words. Yet in the TV broadcast of the movie Saving Private Ryan, expletives were allowed because, regulators said, they contributed to the work's power and realism. A U.S. appeals court took issue with such distinctions. It sided last year with...

2008-10-12 12:00:14

A couple of weeks ago my wife, daughter and I met up for some appetizers and desserts at a local restaurant. It was a Friday night, and the restaurant was understandably busy. For the most part, we had a nice and relaxing evening together. One of my favorite moments was when my little girl, Bella, yelled "Papa!" from across the crowded dining room when she saw me. Unfortunately, this was one of the few "G-rated" comments that I heard for a good part of the evening. We found ourselves...

2008-10-10 09:00:35

The following DVDs will be released Tuesday: -- "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (IFC Films, $24.95) -- * 1/2-- A well-acted but somewhat disturbing Romanian drama that broaches the abortion issue. Romanian with subtitles. Not rated, probable R (profanity, brief nudity, drugs, brief gore, brief sex, slurs) -- Jeff Vice, Deseret News -- "The Edge of Heaven" (Strand Releasing, $27.99) -- ***-- A European drama about strained parental relationships, featuring some very strong performances and...

2008-10-03 09:00:21

By Jeff Vice Deseret News RELIGULOUS -- ** -- Documentary feature examining religious beliefs; narrated by and starring Bill Maher; rated R (violence, profanity, vulgarity, drugs, slurs, brief sex, brief nudity) "Religulous" is an effort by comedian/pundit Bill Maher and "Borat" filmmaker Larry Charles to disprove most of the ideas and concepts behind organized religion. Instead, it only proves one thing: that Michael Moore is no longer the least subtle documentarian working in film...

2008-09-26 09:00:25

By Jeff Vice Deseret News TOWELHEAD -- ** -- Summer Bishil, Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart; rated R (vulgarity, sex, slurs, profanity, brief partial nudity, violence) The outrageous -- and deservedly controversial -- title of "Towelhead" is much more daring and is probably more offensive than almost anything else that's shown in the actual movie. What's worse than that, the film is pretty unfocused and rambling. Some good performances can't overcome those flaws or the film's sudden, jarring...

2008-09-26 09:00:25

By Jeff Vice Deseret News CHOKE -- ** 1/2 -- Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald; rated R (vulgarity, sex, profanity, nudity, slurs, brief drugs, violence) "Choke" is sick, twisted, perverted, irreverent, sacrilegious, distasteful and possibly every thing else under the sun you can think of to describe the film. It's also surprisingly poignant and thoughtful at times -- especially in a couple of scenes when you least it expect it to be. That's sort of expected, though, since...

2008-09-12 09:00:31

The following DVDs will be released Tuesday: -- "88 Minutes" (Sony, $28.96) -- * -- A sleazy and dim-witted, "torture-porn" thriller that could use at least 88 more IQ points. Al Pacino stars. R (violence, torture, gore, profanity, drugs, rape, vulgarity, brief nudity, brief sex) --Jeff Vice, Deseret News -- "Before the Rains" (Lionsgate, $27.98) -- Period romance starring Linus Roache as a spice merchant who falls in love with an alluring servant (Nandita Das). PG-13 (violence, sex)...

2008-08-29 09:00:43

By Jeff Vice Deseret News ELEGY -- *** -- Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper; rated R (sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, slurs) There are few, more-frustrating actors than Ben Kingsley. Since he won an Academy Award for his portrayal of "Gandhi" in 1983, he's given a series of performances that can charitably be described as phoning-it-in or workman-like. And yet every once in a while he'll give the type of performance, like his superb lead turn in the drama "Elegy," that...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.