The years haven't been kind to Douglas Hauser, the secret agent character played by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Colin Farrell in versions of the futuristic action film "Total Recall" released 22 years apart.The release of the modern-day version of the film on Aug. 3 by Sony Pictures Entertainment, scarcely outsold the 1990 version that featured Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, despite playing in 1,500 more theaters and at a time when ticket prices are higher. Read More
A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead in an attack that authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism.Witnesses said the gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time as women prepared a Sunday meal, sending worshippers fleeing to escape the barrage. Read More
Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead at the NFL team’s preseason training camp on Sunday, officials said.Campus police responding to a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. EDT found Reid, 29, unresponsive in his room at the football team’s camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh chief of police Ed Shupp said. Reid was pronounced dead at the scene.There was “no suspicious activity,” Shupp said in a video of a news conference posted on the Eagles’ website. The death was being investigated. Read More
The Mars rover Curiosity, on a quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted the building blocks of life, streaked into the home stretch of its eight-month voyage on Sunday nearing a make-or-break landing attempt NASA calls its most challenging ever.Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory ever sent to a distant world, was scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time. Read More
The future ain’t what it used to be.
That holds doubly true for this generic, cut-and-paste remake of 1990’s “Total Recall,” a sci-fi action thriller based on “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” a short story by Phillip K. Dick.
The first “Total Recall” was an R-rated, rowdy romp starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed with over-the-top enthusiasm by Paul Verhoeven (“Showgirls”). Read More
Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men’s 200-meter individual medley gold medal at the London Games on Thursday.
The American may no longer be the unstoppable force he was in Beijing four years ago, but he still provided an everlasting reminder of his incredible talent and determination by winning the grueling multi-discipline event. Read More
LONDON — When Gabby Douglas arrived at the London Olympics all she wanted to do was meet Usain Bolt.But after the 16-year-old American added the Olympic all-round title to her gymnastics team gold on Thursday, it might be the world’s fastest man seeking a meeting with her.
Dressed in a shimmering pink leotard, Douglas dazzled a packed North Greenwich Arena with her cheeky personality and a jaw-dropping exhibition of high-flying acrobatics that heralded the arrival of the London Games newest sensation. Read More
An irresistible force met with a very moveable object on Thursday and the result was a record-breaking scoring spree for the U.S. men’s basketball team over a hapless Nigeria at the Olympic Basketball Arena.
The defending champions rolled to a 156-73 victory, scoring the most points ever in an Olympic game on a mind-boggling shooting night spearheaded by Carmelo Anthony. Anthony made 13 of his 16 shots, including an incredible 10-of-12 from beyond the 3-point line for a 37-point haul. Read More
Jon Niese scattered three hits over seven solid innings and Ruben Tejada collected three hits — including a homer to lead off the game — as the New York Mets benefited from nine walks to top the Giants 2-1 Wednesday at AT&T Park.
David Wright also had three hits and Josh Thole scored on Jordany Valdespin’s fielder’s choice in the second inning for the Mets, who posted only their fifth win in 20 games. Read More
LONDON — Four years after letting the title slip through his fingers, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura finally won the Olympic gold medal he dreamed of to go with his three world crowns in the all-around gymnastics final Wednesday.
Uchimura left the Beijing Olympics with silver after falling twice from the pommel horse and the apparatus proved his downfall again in the team event here Monday when Japan had to settle for second place.
“It’s like a dream still,” Uchimura told reporters, weighing his medal in his hand. Read More
LONDON — World badminton apologized on Wednesday for a scandal that has sullied the sport’s reputation at the London Olympics and resulted in eight women being disqualified from the tournament.
The expulsion of four women’s doubles pairs sent shock waves through the tournament, removing China’s top-seeded duo and other doubles pairs from the South Korean and Indonesian teams.
“I’m very, very sorry this has happened for both the players and for the sport,” Badminton World Federation secretary general Thomas Lund said. Read More
OAKLAND — Tampa Bay has found a nice trend to try to wriggle back into the AL East and wild-card races.
The Rays won three consecutive series on one road trip — and for the first time ever, they did so against three teams above .500. Tampa Bay wrapped the final series of the trip with a 4-1 victory over the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum, cooling off July’s hottest team for the second game in a row.
Alex Cobb followed up James Shields’ three-hit shutout Tuesday with a strong effort Wednesday. Read More
Linebacker Khairi Fortt and backup quarterback Rob Bolden became the latest players to transfer from Penn State on Wednesday.
Fortt, a junior, is headed to Cal, while Bolden landed at LSU.
Fortt, expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker job at Penn State, was rumored to be joining the Golden Bears early Monday, but his father denied Fortt planned to transfer. Fortt, however, confirmed the move Wednesday, saying his decision was about his future, not about Penn State’s past. Read More
Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game of the season as the visiting Rays posted their third shutout in four games with an 8-0 victory against the A’s on Tuesday night.
B.J. Upton recorded two hits and two RBIs while Sam Fuld collected three hits for the Rays, who improved to 5-3 on their nine-game road trip while handing Oakland just its fifth loss in 24 games in July. Read More
On a day the Giants acquired Hunter Pence to bolster the middle of their lineup, they got a look at what a familiar face could do for their rotation.
Tim Lincecum. Remember him?
Lincecum gave up one run in seven innings as the Giants snapped their season-worst five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
Lincecum spent the entire first half in a mysterious slump, but he has a 2.70 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. Read More