November 10, 1991 |
Singer and actor Yves Montand, a poor Italian immigrant's son who became one of France's most beloved public figures, died of a heart attack Saturday in a Paris suburb where he was making a film. He was 70. "He will remain a symbol of our culture," said French Prime Minister Edith Cresson, joining millions of other French in mourning Montand's death late Saturday afternoon. Regular television programs on most stations were interrupted to pay tribute to the star.
June 3, 1992 |
Butch and Sundance. Now there's a neat little mystery. Were the famed outlaws really killed in Bolivia after a shootout with troops? Did Butch Cassidy kill the Sundance Kid, then do himself in, rather than be captured? Or did they escape and live out their lives, as lore has it, in such disparate locales as France, Uruguay and Spokane, Wash.?
March 5, 1994 |
"You ain't seen nothing yet!" said a visibly moved Jack Nicholson at the climax of the American Film Institute's "Life Achievement Award" tribute to his career Thursday night.
April 20, 2008 |
It is easiest to see the wild, isolated Robbers Roost country where Butch often hid out from Angel Point, overlooking the Dirty Devil River. A rough dirt loop road leads here from Utah 95 about five miles south of Hanksville. There are occasional signposts and a small parking lot at the trail head. The hike to the river is about three miles; the views of the Roost's deeply incised canyons get better all the way.
April 4, 1998 |
POP/ROCK Watch Out Spice Girls! Barbie, the world's most famous doll, has signed a record deal with Sony Music and is even considering a live concert tour. Mattel Inc. said that the plastic bombshell will debut in the fall as the lead guitarist of a pop band backed up by her African American pal Christie on keyboards and Latina buddy Teresa on the guitar.
August 26, 1993 |
The best chase movies, at their heart, are psychological duels. All the action, with throbbing pursuits and hall-of-mirrors escapes, are fine, but what we want are a cat and mouse with brains. The hunt explores character; it reveals what makes heroes and villains. "The Fugitive" and "In the Line of Fire" fit the mold nicely. They represent, in many ways, meat-and-potatoes Hollywood: moving pictures that move fast through one near-miss and evasion after another.
June 4, 1998 |
You can learn about indigenous peoples of the Far West, and maybe a tad about those even farther west, in a single block of Laguna Beach. Start at Len Wood's Indian Territory and Museum of the First People; have dinner at the Royal Hawaiian. AFTERNOON, 1 Len Wood's Indian Territory specializes in Hopi kachinas, Zuni fetishes and Navajo textiles and boasts one of the finest collections of Southern California Mission Indian baskets and artifacts anywhere.
October 2, 2012 |
This just in: Los Angeles and New York are dangerous places to walk or ride a bike. And in other news, a man was bitten by a dog today. Not to be cynical, but is anyone surprised by the findings of University of Michigan researchers about L.A. and the Big Apple having higher pedestrian and cyclist fatality rates than, say, Omaha? As The Times reported Tuesday : Drivers in Los Angeles kill pedestrians and bicyclists at a significantly higher rate than drivers nationally, according to a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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December 5, 2005 |
Harry W. Lawton, an author and historian whose nonfiction novel about a deadly manhunt for an American Indian fugitive wanted for murder nearly 100 years ago served as the basis for the 1969 movie "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," has died. He was 77. Lawton, a former journalist and retired lecturer and management-services officer at UC Riverside, died Nov. 20 in a Dana Point assisted-care facility after a long illness, said his family.
April 21, 1991 |
If it looks like a movie set, don't be surprised. Thousand Palms Oasis was the setting for Cecil B. DeMille's 1924 silent film epic "King of Kings," and the 1969 movie "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," starring Robert Redford, Robert Blake and Katharine Ross. The oasis is something special and deserving of protection, but that's not why the Coachella Valley Preserve was established. The reserve's raison d'etre is habitat for the threatened Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard.