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Kutcher: It’s easy to get guy into a tux

first_imgSince leaving the trucker hat behind – and marrying Demi Moore – Ashton Kutcher’s fashion sense has taken a turn for the better. Kutcher, the face of 2003’s trucker hat fad, dispenses sartorial tips for couples in an essay in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, now on newsstands. “Guys don’t like to be told they look nice, pretty or cute or that they clean up well,” the 29-year-old actor wrote. “So when your guy finally tries on something that you like, tell him that he looks like James Bond or Tony Montana. “Feel free to be even more vague than that: `Wow, that suit makes you look like that hot football player!’ “Trust me, say any of this, and you won’t be able to get him to take the damn suit off,” he wrote. “Before you know it, he’ll be wearing an Armani tux to league night at the bowling alley.” Kutcher, who got his break on Fox network’s “That ’70s Show,” is often photographed with the stylish Moore, 44. The couple wed in September 2005. His advice for women: “You never want people to notice your accessories. … In this same way, your man should not upstage you. He is there to highlight you.” “Make sure the look isn’t too matchy-matchy. … Your best bet is to match the man gear to that great new Balenciaga bag that you’re planning to carry. If your bag works with your outfit, so will he.” Kutcher, who hosted MTV’s “Punk’d” prank show, has starred in films such as “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “The Guardian.” He also appeared in last year’s “Bobby,” co-starring Moore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Court OKs canyon mine deal

first_img Cemex was granted the mining rights by the Bureau of Land Management in 1990. The county had rejected the mine, but conceded when Cemex filed a lawsuit in federal court. County supervisors granted the mining permit in June 2004 under a court-approved consent decree. The city appealed the decree, claiming it and the environmental impact report violate the California Environmental Quality Act, the federal Clean Water and Clean Air acts and the National Environmental Policy Act. In October 2004, the state Attorney General’s Office filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the city’s stance, questioning the legality of the consent decree. The brief argued the settlement between Cemex and the County could hamper state and county enforcement of environmental laws. The consent decree says the county cannot “interfere with, conflict with, or otherwise frustrate or impair” the agreement with Cemex. The attorney general argued the provision would undercut the county’s enforcement of environmental laws and right of free speech. “We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling,” Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s office said Monday. “I think the county settlement surrendered too much of its regulatory authority over the mine. We think the provisions of the consent decree, some of them, were overly broad and unconstitutional.” Dresslar went further. “The Bush administration intervened in this action; it took the position the federal government’s contract with Cemex trumped California laws to protect the environment,” he said. “That’s a dangerous precedent. We hope the Bush administration or the federal government refrains in the future from taking a position that California’s environmental protection laws take a back seat to its contracts with private parties.” In January, a federal judge rejected the city’s claims that the BLM and the Interior Board of Land Appeals failed to perform sufficient environmental analysis before approving the mine. In the lawsuit, the city raised claims under NEPA, the Clean Water Act and several federal mining laws. The city is appealing the decision. An appeal filed in December for a case lodged under the Endangered Species Act is pending. In a November ruling, the court sided with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Cemex. Cemex filed a lawsuit in state court in December, challenging an environmental review in the city’s plan to annex 1,885 acres, which includes the area where the mine is proposed. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – One of the city’s pivotal bids for scaling down the 56.1 million-ton gravel mine planned in Soledad Canyon has been hammered by a federal appeals court decision that upholds an agreement allowing the mine project to proceed. In a ruling issued Friday and announced Monday, the 9th District U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a consent decree between the county of Los Angeles and Cemex Inc. allowing for the mine was negotiated in good faith and is “fundamentally fair, adequate and reasonable.” Attorneys for the Mexico-based conglomerate were delighted. “Cemex is gratified that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in reviewing the record in this matter, has recognized the great effort by Cemex, the county and the United States to try to settle their legal differences in a manner that allowed the county to retain its environmental authority, allowed the U.S. to proceed with its mineral material sales program and which allowed Cemex to pursue its Soledad Canyon project,” said Kerry Shapiro, the lead attorney for Cemex’s Soledad Canyon project. “The court recognized the settlement was fair to all parties.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Cemex spokeswoman Susana Duarte said the company hopes to “be able to move forward in planning for production as soon as possible. We still have numerous hurdles we hope will be resolved in a timely manner. We are open and willing to work with the community and our neighbors.” Attorney Debra Prosser, who represented the city, said the decision was disappointing, but stopped short of saying what comes next. “We are reviewing all of our options as to how we’re going to respond to this,” Prosser said Monday. The proposed mine is in county territory between Canyon Country and of Agua Dulce, but the city has battled it claiming it will pollute Santa Clarita’s air and add heavy truck traffic to local roads. Attorneys for the city and Cemex had presented arguments to the appellate court Feb. 7. The city claimed the consent decree was invalid because it contained a finding of preemption of state and local authority by the federal government that is not authorized by law. last_img read more

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Freddy Adu, Jack Wilshere and others meant to be the new Pele, Maradona and more

first_img Kylian Mbappe is meant to be the ‘New Henry’ – Kylian Mbappe has broken onto the scene with some superb attacking displays for Monaco, making him one of the most in-demand teenagers in all Europe. He has been labelled the ‘new Henry’ after France and Arsenal legend Thierry, with the pair sharing many similarities. But, who else has been compared to a former great of the game? Click the right arrow to see talkSPORT’s 10 examples, and find out just how their careers panned out… 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Kevin De Bruyne was labelled ‘the Cruyff of his generation’ – Johan Cruyff has gone down in history as one of the most influential players and managers of the game. His playing days with Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands were a roaring success, and he coached Barca to league titles and their first ever European Cup, and has since been regarded as the pinnacle of Dutch football. So it was a surprise when KRC Genk manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck called an 18-year-old Belgian ‘Cruyff of his generation’. That midfielder earned a move to Chelsea, then after impressing with Wolfsburg, became a £55 million signing for Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne may not have had the influence upon the game Cruyff had – few had, or ever will – but no one can deny his talent. Jack Wilshere has been considered the ‘New Gazza’ – Any English midfielder who possesses creative abilities and a style of play more associated with Brazil than these shores will undoubtedly be compared with Paul Gascoigne – one of England’s few truly world class players. Jack Wilshere has been one of the recent players to earn the title of ‘New Gazza’ after he put in some scintillating displays as a teenager; his oft-scrutinised personal life is another similarity. Now 25, Wilshere is a consistent England international who plays the occasional game where he is exceptional. However, he has failed to win England fans’ hearts in the same way as Gazza, and remains far from his level as a footballer. Bruno Cheyrou was one of many players called the ‘New Zidane’ – The weight of being named after one of the legends of French football came back to haunt Bruno Cheyrou after his 2002 transfer to Liverpool. The midfielder was dubbed the ‘New Zidane’ by Reds manager Gerard Houllier after completing a £4.5 million move, but failed to ever come close to living up to that tag. He scored just two league goals in 31 games, and after the arrival of Rafa Benitez was sent out on loan for two successive seasons before leaving for Rennes permanently. He became a reliable servant for his homeland club, but never threatened to prove Houllier right. 11 Gianluigi Donnarumma is currently considered the ‘New Buffon’ – At the age of just 17, Gianluigi Donnarumma is already well on his way to living up to the tag of ‘new Buffon’ which he was labelled with after making his Milan debut as a 16-year-old. The youngster has since been capped twice for Italy and is already considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe despite his incredibly young age. The older Gianluigi has anointed Donnarumma as the ‘chosen one’ to take over from him as Italy’s goalkeeper, and the veteran’s club Juventus have been making moves to bring him to Turin as their next long-serving stopper. One hopes he continues to get better and better, to ensure he fully lives up to Buffon’s reputation. Freddy Adu was believed to be the ‘New Pele’ – After appearing alongside Pele in a commercial at age 14, the comparisons between Freddy Adu and the Brazilian great were only going to come at a rate of knots. Attacker Adu impressed as a childhood footballer, and was selected by D.C. United as the first overall pick in the 2004 MLS draft; he became the highest paid player in the league as a teenage rookie. But his career never really took off after that. He has become a journeyman, playing for 13 teams in eight different countries – including Serbia and Finland – and is currently without a club after a failed trial with the Portland Timbers. He made his USA international debut at age 16, but has since made just 16 more appearances in the following decade. 11 Adriano was believed to be the ‘New Ronaldo – Is Ronaldo the greatest striker of all time? You’d certainly find it hard to argue against that point of view, and it is no surprise Brazil have been searching for a successor for ‘Il Fenomeno’ since his decline in the early 2000s. No wonder fans were delighted when Adriano broke onto the scene with Flamengo and Italy’s Parma. He had a similar build and style of play to Ronaldo, and even sort of looked like him, and in the 2004/05 season he could do no wrong. Famously granted 99 shot power in Pro Evo, he had, as Alan Partridge would say ‘a foot like a traction engine’. However, he also had behavioural problems which have since affected his entire career. He declined massively after 2006, and at the age of 35 he last played for Miami United. Rio Ferdinand is one of many players to be called the ‘Next Bobby Moore’ – For a nation blessed with talented centre-backs through the ages, there have certainly been some strange players considered likely to emulate England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. Bobby Robson once said Aaron Hughes shared similar traits as Moore, before suggesting Jonathan Woodgate was also as good as the English icon. Alan Stubbs, Michael Duberry and France’s Florent Laville have also been compared with Moore, but one player who did live up to the hype was Rio Ferdinand. Harry Redknapp said the then-teenager was the ‘next Bobby Moore’ and a ‘Rolls-Royce’ player, and his time with Leeds and Manchester United proved the comment true. His command in the air and composure on the ball made Ferdinand a pure copy of the Moore template. 11 11 Samir Nasri also earned the label ‘New Zidane’ – Zidane’s impact on the game of football means a number of French midfielders are considered his successor whenever they show a sign of promise. Samir Nasri was another to earn the label of ‘New Zidane’, and it was easy to see why in his formative years. He possessed the same balletic style of play as Zizou, able to ghost away from opponents with ease and see a pass or shot no one else on the field could. He was dubbed the ‘New Zidane’ when he won the Under-17 European Championship in 2004, and made his full France debut at the age of 19. A year later he moved to Arsenal and excelled for the Gunners, before signing for Manchester City and winning two Premier League titles. His later career has been characterised by certain disagreements and fallouts at both club and international level, and he is currently on loan at Sevilla having also retired from France duty at the age of just 27. Anthony Le Tallec was considered the ‘New Platini’ – Gerard Houllier did sign some players who have gone down in history as Anfield legends, but Anthony Le Tallec followed the Cheyrou path of doing absolutely nothing to warrant his reputation. Talked about as the successor of Michel Platini – the only player to compete with Zidane as the greatest ever in France – he made just 28 appearances for Liverpool, and spent five loan spells away from the club before leaving permanently in 2008. Platini won three Ballon d’Ors in his career. Le Tallec has won the Coupe de France… Whenever a young player bursts onto the scene, he is almost always compared with a former great of the game.The latest teenager to be the subject of this phenomenon is Kylian Mbappe, the Monaco whizzkid who has been called the ‘new Thierry Henry’.The similarities are obvious; both players are French, both started their careers at Monaco, both are pacy strikers – and both look absolutely electric on the ball.However, the weight of such a comparison can affect such a young player, and it remains to be seen whether Mbappe can go all the way to emulate Henry.So, which other players have been considered the successor of a legend of the game? talkSPORT have taken a look at 10 players meant to emulate another player, and see just how that panned out… Lionel Messi was called the ‘New Maradona’ – Arguably the greatest success story of being labelled after a legend of the game, Lionel Messi has, in some eyes, been even better that his Argentine predecessor. Both play in attacking role, both are predominantly left-footed, and both have worn the number 10 shirt for Barcelona. Maradona has even supported the claim of Messi being his heir, calling him the greatest player in the world. One difference between the pair is Messi’s struggles on the international stage, with him failing to emulate Maradona’s two World Cup successes. last_img read more

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Save now for future health care

first_imgConclusion: With insurance premiums rising more than three times faster than salaries, Americans “should be calculating and factoring lifelong health care expenses into their overall financial planning,” said Brad Kimler, a Fidelity executive. One tool is the health savings account (for a list of insurance companies offering eligible policies and of financial institutions offering HSAs, check out Web sites such as www.healthdecisions.org/HSA, www.hsafinder.com and www.hsainsider.com ). For 2006, account holders can contribute the lesser of their policy deductible or $2,700 for individual coverage or $5,450 for family coverage. People 55 and over can make an additional $700 catch-up contribution. “A HSA may not make sense for everyone, but the emerging trend is clearly toward coverage of catastrophic or major expenses rather than all expenses, and putting medical dollars in the hands of consumers to use how they see fit,” said Mari Adam, a certified financial planner in Boca Raton, Fla., who has a health savings account. Adam, 48, figures she’s saving $200 a month or more in premiums on her policy, and, based on her $1,800 deductible, can contribute $450 each quarter to her account. Based on a survey by eHealthInsurance.com, the average premium for HSA-eligible policies bought through its Web site last year was $114 a month for individual coverage and $261 for family coverage, compared to $144 and $334 for non-HSA policies. Some non-HSA policies can be cheaper, however, based on policy details and particularly if they have higher maximum annual out-of-pocket expenses. According to federal guidelines, out-of-pocket costs for HSA-eligible policies this year, including the deductible and co-payments, cannot exceed $5,250 for individuals or $10,500 for families. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They won’t magically solve the problem of rising health care costs, and they won’t work for everyone. But more Americans should become familiar with health savings accounts, or HSAs for short. Few are. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation in February found that 45 percent of Americans had not even heard about HSAs, which have been available since 2004. Another 24 percent had heard about HSAs but did not know what they were. HSAs are tax-advantaged accounts that allow people not eligible for Medicare to set aside money for future health-care expenses. To be eligible to open an account under government rules, your only health insurance must be a high-deductible policy. (For 2006, the deductible must be at least $1,050 for single coverage and $2,100 for family coverage. Nearly 3.2 million Americans were covered by HSA-eligible policies as of January, according to the industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans.) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The idea behind HSAs is that, by accepting a higher deductible, you can lower your premium. Then you set aside the money you save in the health savings account. Proponents of HSAs say they encourage consumers to shop wisely for medical care and drive down costs. Opponents claim they benefit only the young, well off and healthy, and may discourage people on tight budgets to seek needed care. Whatever your point of view, consider the problem: According to an annual estimate by Fidelity Investments, a 65-year-old couple retiring this year without employer-sponsored retiree health insurance needs $200,000 just to cover medical costs in retirement. This estimate, up an average of 5.8 percent a year since 2002, includes the cost of Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, co-payments, deductibles and excluded benefits, and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. It does not even include the cost of over-the-counter medications, most dental services and, if needed, long-term care. last_img read more

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Antonio Conte claims fixture schedule has left Chelsea at a disadvantage

first_imgChelsea have been dealt an unfair hand by schedule makers in comparison to Premier League leaders Manchester City, according to boss Antonio Conte.The Blues won their fourth successive league game by defeating West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but still trail Pep Guardiola’s City by nine points after they beat Leicester to make it 16 wins on the bounce in all competitions.One of those came at Stamford Bridge in late September, three days after the Blues had beaten Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and four days on from City’s win, at home, against Shakhtar Donetsk in the same competition.It is a game that could prove pivotal in the title race and the circumstances surrounding are grating with Conte, who addressed it after Chelsea’s demolition of the Baggies.“For sure it was a pity to play against Manchester City after only two days (rest) when we played against Atletico Madrid away,” he said.“We came back at five o’clock in the morning on Thursday and we played on Saturday against Manchester City. For this reason, I think sometimes whoever prepares this type of fixtures must pay more attention and to give all the teams the same possibility.“I think in the game against Manchester City one team was favourite and it was a pity because then you can see that you can stay very close – if you win against Manchester City, the distance is not nine points.”Conte felt it was a particularly relevant point prior to a midweek trip to Azerbaijan when his team face Qarabag on Wednesday evening, three days before travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool.Both the Reds and City are in Champions League action on the Tuesday and Conte bemoaned when the fixtures have been assigned before their big Premier League contests.“For sure who prepares these fixtures must pay great attention,” he added.“Don’t forget now we have another problem because we are going to play at Qarabag on Wednesday and then we go back to London at five, six o’clock, but we have another great game against Liverpool on Saturday. Is it normal, this? I don’t think.“If someone wants more balance in this league I think they must pay greater attention before to prepare the fixtures.” 1 The Blues trail league leaders Manchester City by nine points last_img read more

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Reps blast recall effort

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In his rebuttal, which along with the responses of the other two will appear on the petitions, Ramirez called the recall attempt “mean-spirited” and “unnecessary.” He wrote that the effort is being “foisted upon the voters by a small group of angry gadflies” and stated that some Truth in Politics members are “outsiders” who don’t reside in Pico Rivera. The group’s leader, Raul Murga, said recall proponents’ main gripe against the three was the hiring of former political consultant Chuck Fuentes as city manager. Murga said Fuentes “has no qualifications for the job.” “That issue appears to have been sidestepped entirely in their responses,” he said. PICO RIVERA – Three City Council members served with recall papers Aug. 1 have filed responses blasting the group spearheading the effort. The responses are being reviewed by the city clerk. Barring any problems, recall proponents could begin circulating petitions by next Wednesday, Deputy City Clerk Evelyn Izaguirre said. Proponents need at least 5,000 signatures, representing 20 percent of the city’s registered voters, to put the recall on the March ballot. The term of one of the three targeted politicos, Mayor Pete Ramirez, expires in March. Council members David Armenta and Ron Beilke also were served with “intent to recall” papers Aug. 1 by Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, a group formed by residents. Beilke’s response alludes to the council’s firing of the city’s previous city manager, which was precipitated, he states, by a “backroom deal” that gave the former manager a $40,000 a year raise. “Today, I feel we are on the right course,” Beilke stated. “There is no basis for this recall other than to settle personal grudges.” Armenta’s rebuttal lists the council’s recent accomplishments, including saving the city $1.4 million by slashing and consolidating administrative jobs, establishing a new Public Safety Division, and launching other initiatives to fight crime. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Uniting South Africa, the legacy of FIFA World Cup

first_imgCome Friday, South Africa will be awashed with yellow as millions of citizens are donning special shirts of that colour to show their support for the Bafana Bafana, the home squad for the FIFA World Cup that starts on June 11.This has been happening for weeks now, as Football Friday — a campaign to get South Africans united behind the 2010 FIFA World Cup — has taken off like wildfire.Supported by all levels of government and corporates, almost every car sports a flag as they drive on streets where lampposts and buildings are adorned with larger versions.The World Cup is expected to unite the country in a way that has not been seen since South Africa’s first democratically-elected President Nelson Mandela used the Rugby World Cup to bring together Black and White citizens in 1995.Till then, rugby remained largely a sport for the minority white community, while the favoured sport of the majority was football.Already in the past fortnight, in two major pre-World Cup events, thousands of whites got their first taste of life in Soweto, the township which started in the apartheid era to house the Black community separately.Two of the country’s largest stadiums are in the Soweto area, where 75,000 people of all races gathered on Thursday night at Soccer City to spur on the home side to a 2-1 victory against Colombia in a friendly game.Braving chaotic traffic with a spirit of camaraderie, the hordes of fans blew their noisy Vuvuzelas, a type of long horn, donned all sorts of hats and clothing, painted faces, and generally embraced each other, irrespective of race, colour or creed.advertisementEven in the cricket-crazy community of Indian origin here, both local and expatriate, there is a keen anticipation of the World Cup games, tickets of which are almost sold out.Lalit Modi and his Indian Premier League pumped millions of rands onto a marketing campaign last year to make the IPL a household name in South Africa within a matter of two weeks.They placed signs on every streetlamp in major cities and took up full page advertisements in every newspaper in South Africa.But with the FIFA World Cup, it is not the marketing money that has made a difference and united the country in a way that the highly commercialised IPL ever could hope to. It is the common man, woman and child that hold the promise of making the first venture by FIFA into the African continent the biggest success ever. .Certainly FIFA and a host of affiliates and sponsors will make a lot of money and capitalize on the event. There has also been a lot of talk about the economic benefits to both South Africa and the continent as a whole from the legacy of the World Cup.But at the end, perhaps the biggest benefit of all will be, albeit inadvertently, furthering the dream that Mandela so masterfully crafted with the Rugby World Cup — reconciliation and brotherhood among South African citizens like never before. All united in sport.last_img read more

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Movie review: Million Dollar Arm is heart-warming but also predictable

first_imgMillion Dollar ArmDirector: Craig GillespieCast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, PitobashRating: The poster for the movie Million Dollar Arm.In 2008, two 19-year-old boys from Lucknow, Rinku and Dinesh, scored the opportunity of a lifetime. They finished first and second respectively in Million Dollar Arm, a contest in search of the fastest pitcher in India. It’s a different matter altogether that Rinku and Dinesh had never heard or seen of baseball. Rinku was a javelin thrower, while Dinesh assisted his truck driver father. But thanks to American sports agent JB Bernstein, who organised the contest, their fortunes changed. He flew them to Los Angeles, where he aimed to train them in the sport in six months and secure them contracts with Major League Baseball teams. It was great expectations indeed.Six years later, Rinku is with the Minor League team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Dinesh has moved back to India to train youngsters in the sport. Bernstein wrote a book on this eventful, eye-opening chapter in his adult life.You understand why Disney felt Bernstein’s book was ideal for the big screen treatment. It is an uplifting story featuring two youngsters who go against all odds – they don’t speak English or have never travelled outside India – to live the American dream. Simultaneously, it is also a coming-of-age tale of a fortysomething man. Bernstein is busy sleeping around with models and struggling to make his talent management agency flourish before he comes up with the idea to organise a contest in India. The subsequent trip and the arrival of three Indian men – Rinku, Dinesh and Amit, a baseball enthusiast and also the boys’ translator – in his house is a transformative, much-needed experience. The coming together of East and West results in interesting dramatic and comic situations.  advertisementFor most part, Million Dollar Arm succeeds because of the assured presence of Jon Hamm who has an iron-like grip on the proceedings. Bernstein comes across as desperate, selfish, irresponsible and even exploitative. But Hamm adeptly brings out the character’s frustrations, failures and frailties. He gives a heart to the character. The surprise package is Pitobash, who makes his presence felt in the limited screen time as the over excited translator. It is telling of Pitobash’s talents that he gets to lead one of the most instrumental scenes in the film – the inspiring speech – which he does well. Both Sharma and Mittal, who struck big in their debut films, Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire respectively, don’t have much material to play with here. Sharma, who is now studying in New York, is especially not convincing as the small-town boy who makes it big. Read Saurabh Dwivedi’s review. There is no denying that Million Dollar Arm is a heart-warming film but it is also predictable and cliched. The India segment in particular lays out the country’s stereotypes – the honking, the traffic, Taj Mahal and the haphazard working ways. None of it is entirely wrong but it is also stating the obvious. Gillespie and writer Tom McCarthy focus on the journey of Bernstein, highlighting how he learns to see people not just as “investment” but as humans. Enter Bernstein’s tenant Brenda (Lake Bell) who knocks sense into him and adds some romance in the story. In the ensuing Bernstein-Brenda chapter, the film rushes through the pressures the youngsters have in settling in United States. There are only a few scenes demonstrating the difficulties of cultural acclimatization. For the most part, the boys seem to be stranded in the house with little social life other than go for baseball training.Nonetheless, Million Dollar Arm keeps you engaged as McCarthy succeeds in peppering the script with a balance of light-hearted and poignant moments. AR Rahman’s score is mishmash, drawing sounds from everywhere leaving the soundtrack with no standout track.While Bernstein’s initiative is noble, it still hasn’t paid dividends. Early on, Hamm’s Bernstein says he hopes to find the Indian equivalent of Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball player, in baseball. That hasn’t happened so far and baseball struggles to find its footing in India. But Million Dollar Arm and especially Rinku’s story is a reminder that nothing is impossible.last_img read more

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Auto Expo 2016: Ten things to know about the new BMW X1

first_imgThe new BMW X1 was shown for the first time at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and has been showcased for the first time in India at Auto Expo 2016. BMW has opened bookings for the new X1 but deliveries will only commence in April.1) The new BMW X1 is based on the UKL platform. This allows the new entry level luxury SUV by BMW to shed 135kg over its predecessor.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@IamVibor_2) The new X1 has a  taller and wider body shell due and an increase in the wheelbase by 90mm. This allows for more room inside the cabin. Now who doesn’t like more space, right? Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@AshiJain04 3) It also gets updated LED head lamps and tail lamps. The new lighting units add to the appeal of the car.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@Simran_dream4) For now, the new BMW X1 will only be available with a 4 cylinders, Twin Power turbocharged, 2.0-litre diesel engine churning out 190 hp and 400 Nm torque. BMW plans to add a petrol engine to the line-up later in the year.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@IamVibor_ 5) The diesel mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the new X1 is capable of doing 0-100kmph in 7.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 219 kmph.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@JKarfa 6) Safety features on the new X1 include six air bags,  Hill Descent Control (HDC), Side-impact Protection, Runflat tyres with reinforced sidewalls, integrated emergency spare wheel, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electronic vehicle immobiliser and a crash sensor.advertisementPhoto Courtesy – Twitter/@AnujaSpeaks 7) The signature kidney grille of the new X1 has been tweaked a little and looks fresh.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@Swaty_Here 8) The new model of the BMW X1 will be locally produced at BMW’s Chennai plant.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@BombayVintage_9) The BMW X1 will be rivaling the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.Photo Courtesy – Twitter/@VinayakSharma19 10) The new BMW will be available in four trims with the prices beginning at Rs 29.9 lakh for the base model (sDrive20d Expedition). The middle trims, sDrive20d xLine and xDrive20d xLine cost Rs 33.9 lakh and Rs 35.9 lakh,respectively. The price goes up to Rs 39.9 lakh for the top of the line model, that is the xDrive20d M Sport trim. All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi.last_img read more