Friday, January 2, 2015

MC2 Post 1960 Hundreds of New Laws take affect in California for 2015


Hundreds of California laws take effect with the new year, including several drafted in response to corruption scandals in the Legislature, the mass shooting in Isla Vista last spring and racially inflammatory comments by the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Others address drug crimes, the use of aerial drones by paparazzi and rights for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

(though the ruling Democrats, tarnished by criminal charges against several party legislators, failed to regain a supermajority in the Capitol).

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who meanwhile rode a wave of popularity to a historic fourth and final term, vetoed 143 bills the Legislature sent him, saying they cost too much money, did not improve the state or created unnecessary regulations. He signed 930 others into law.


One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably 

Win Best Picture 

At The 2015 Oscars

The finish line is here. We are two weeks away from the Oscar nominations, which means studios need to put any last-minute campaigning into overdrive. With voting having already opened (see our dream ballots here), it stands to reason that the state of the race has more or less been determined. Still, we hope to see plenty of surprises
when the nominations arive on Jan. 15, especially in the Best Picture field, where thenumber of nominees remains a question mark. 

(Since a 2011 rule change, the Academy Awards can nominate anywhere between five and 10 films for Best Picture.)

Here are the 21 movies competing in the marathon.

 Number 21   "Guardians of the Galaxy"  Sci-Fi with much well-timed camp  ...elo
 Number 20   "Big Eyes" From Tim Burton.
 Number 19   "Inherent Vice"
 Number 18   "Love is Strange"
 Number 17   "Mr. Turner"  Mike Leigh film is arguably his best shot at a repeat since his 1996's "Secrets & Lies."

 Number 16   "A Most Violent Year"
 Number 15   "Into the Woods"
 Number 14   "Wild"
 Number 13   "Nightcrawler"
 Number 12   "Interstellar"   made about $175 million less in global ticket sales than Christopher     Nolan's last original feature, "Inception."

 Number 11   "Foxcatcher"
 Number 10   "American Sniper"  Clint Eastwood has been anything but divisive to Oscar voters.

 Number   9    "Unbroken"
 Number   8    "Gone Girl"  David Fincher's black comedy
 Number   7    "Whiplash"
 Number   6    "The Grand Budapest Hotel"  Wes Anderson which fantastical dreamscapeis his best.

 Number   5    "The Theory of Everything"
 Number   4    "Birdman"
 Number   3    "The Imitation Game"  Morten Tyldum's portrait of gay Nazi code-breaker Alan Turing.

  Number   2   "Boyhood"
  Number   1   "Selma"  Ava DuVernay's stirring biopic.







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