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ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
In high school, "Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton played the shy Yonkers store clerk Barnaby in the Jerry Herman musical "Hello, Dolly!" Decades later, two of the show's lesser-known songs would play a pivotal part in the critically acclaimed Disney/Pixar animated hit. Though "Wall-E" does feature a new song, "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman over the end credits, the two tunes that factor in both the film's themes and plot --...
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TRAVEL
April 20, 2008 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
"Most of what follows is true." That's the opening of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the 1969 movie about two bandits born as the sun was setting over the mesas and buttes of the old Wild West. Morally ambiguous, the movie struck a chord with Vietnam War-era audiences who stood and cheered when Paul Newman as Butch and Robert Redford as Sundance met a hail of bullets in a dusty Bolivian town, etching the final freeze frame onto my 15-year-old heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2001 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reputed 1909 double murder and suicide in Southern California led to the "last great manhunt" of the Old West, spawning national headlines; trumping up rumors of a presidential assassination plot and of an Indian uprising; and leaving a notorious legacy in books, a movie and finally a bitter academic fight that landed three authors in court.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Jennifer Warren was a busy stage actress when she broke into features in a quirky 1969 movie, the obscure "Sam's Song," with a then-unknown Robert De Niro. But it was opposite Gene Hackman in director Arthur Penn's critically-admired film noir thriller, "Night Moves" (1975), that Warren caught Hollywood's eye. She played a tough-talking Key West boat hand with an offbeat sensuality and a mysterious past.
NEWS
February 18, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS
The Scene: Wednesday's screening on its 25th anniversary of United Artists' "Midnight Cowboy" by the American Film Institute's Third Decade Council. A discussion with the filmmakers and a reception followed the screening of the only X-rated film ever to win a Best Picture Oscar. "It's a touching, rather sweet film," said David Hockney. "It tells you something about censors that they would give this an X."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Vlahos, 87, a scriptwriter who earned an Emmy for "The Defenders," died April 8 of natural causes at his home in Westport, Conn. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Vlahos grew up working in the family restaurant, playing violin and acting in school plays and local theater. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he moved to New York City to become an actor, but segued into writing instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mel Stuart had firmly established himself as an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in the 1960s when his daughter Madeline, a big fan of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," insisted he turn the popular children's book into a movie. "It was my favorite book at the time, and I told him this would make a great movie," Madeline Stuart told The Times on Friday. Her father proceeded to add the 1971 fantasy musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" to his extensive resume as a director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 | Dennis McLellan
Aaron Ruben, a comedy writer, producer and director whose five-decade career included producing "The Andy Griffith Show" for the first five seasons and creating the spinoff series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," has died. He was 95. Ruben, who devoted much of his later life to being a court-appointed advocate for abused and abandoned children, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills, said his son Tom. A Chicago native who began his comedy writing career in radio after serving in the Army during World War II, Ruben helped write radio shows for Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Allen, Henry Morgan and Milton Berle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They came, in a caravan of roaring, gleaming steel and chrome, for the bikes: glistening Harleys, dozens of them, with tailpipes that put mirrors to shame. "They're rolling sculptures--poetry in motion," said Willie G. Davidson, admiring a display of 1920s olive green and burgundy Harley-Davidsons at Otis Chandler's Vintage Museum on Saturday. He should know. As his grizzled hands and clunky silver rings suggest, the 60-something Davidson has been a biker for half his life.
SPORTS
December 11, 2002 | Larry Stewart
The source of Chick Hearn's wit may have been his wife of 64 years. Marge Hearn was at a recent Pasadena Quarterback Club's awards luncheon to present the group's Chick Hearn Award for broadcasting to Keith Jackson. "Keith, I don't know you very well," Marge said, "but your name was mentioned a lot around our house in recent years.
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