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In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
April 11, 2014
Re "The GOP's 2016 handicap," Opinion, April 9 and "Jeb Bush calls immigration an 'act of love,'" April 8 Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is. Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.
November 7, 2009 | Josh Gajewski
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
How's this for irony: Having allowed federal unemployment benefits to run out in December, some lawmakers are balking at a bill to renew them retroactively because it might be hard to figure out who should receive them. Congress made this task far harder than it should have been, but the technical challenges aren't insurmountable. Lawmakers should restore the benefits now and leave them in place until the unemployment rate reaches a more reasonable level. Federal jobless benefits, which are provided only in times of high unemployment, kick in after people have exhausted their state benefits, which typically last for six months.
May 27, 1989
I was shocked to read in Jack Mathews' May 12 "Cannes Files" that Nick Nolte says drinking alcohol helps his acting. Personally I feel this is a dumb statement, if only because it made news. It is dangerous to the young actors coming into this biz and also to the ones now in it. Nick Nolte should keep his drinking problem to himself. HARRY COHN Silver Lake
June 17, 1989
Dan Sullivan's parenthetical statement that being a liar is the basis of acting ("Helmond as Sarah Bernhardt: The Legend Doesn't Translate") reveals an ignorance of the craft unacceptable in a professional theater critic. He should know that the basis of all good acting is the truthful recreation of the artist's own experience brought into the context of the scene through creative imagination. This process has no more to do with lying than it does with pretending as children do at play.
February 17, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
When Helen Mirren was a girl growing up in England, she'd often saunter out onto local sidewalks, idling, hoping to be discovered. "I stood around on street corners imagining that a film director had to drive by and say, 'There's the girl for me.' Hoping that someone's going to go, 'She's the one,' " she said. "I really wanted to be an actress, but I just didn't think that it was possible for someone like me." Looking at Mirren now, seated on a couch in a posh Los Angeles hotel room sipping a cappuccino, it's difficult to imagine her as a young, wide-eyed girl, yearning desperately for some type of impossible dream.
January 26, 1986
Jack Mathews wrote in Film Clips (Jan. 15) that Sylvester Stallone received $12 million for "Rocky IV," making him the highest-paid actor in the world (this from a source called Parade magazine). It should be noted the $12 million paid was a package deal that included writing and directing, as well as acting. JOSEPH D. PETERS Monterey Park
November 29, 1987
Thanks for Christon's article. I'm 40 years old and I've pursued and practiced an acting career for nearly 20 years. I've appeared on the stages of the Ahmanson and the Taper and guest-starred on any number of network television shows. Compared to many actors, I've been fairly successful. Compared to many actors, I've been fairly successful. Compared to many other actors, I've had little success. By my own questionable standards, my career has been a bust--a failure of integrity and finance.
March 2, 2008
IT was good to see a picture of Sarah Polley as the young director of "Away From Her" ["A New Generation," Feb. 17] but mystifying to read that she was "known mostly for acting in low-budget indie films" when those who saw her as the delightful 10-year-old Sally Salt in Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" will never forget her charming presence, for which she received a best young actress nomination from the Young Artist Foundation....
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
April 6, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Now that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is over for this year, healthcare consumers can begin to put their insurance policies to work. For many, it may be a challenge. A year ago, Norm Wilkinson, 61, retired after 35 years as a Teamster and signed on to a retiree health plan. He figured he'd enjoy the same comprehensive coverage he'd had for years, but soon learned that prescription drugs weren't covered. "I did not get a prescription drug plan with it, and that was the big killer," said Wilkinson, a resident of Whittier.
April 4, 2014
Re "Mountain lion is killed after stalking O.C. family," April 2 A mother brought her two small children to an Orange County wilderness park despite warnings posted regarding mountain lions; in fact, The Times notes that a fatal mauling took place on the trail in 2004. If a mountain lion can't roam in its natural habitat, where can it roam? Whiting Ranch should ban all children from entering the park when there is a mountain lion risk, as we need to coexist with natural predators.
April 3, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you drive down Buckeye Road at the southern edge of Lima, Ohio, you'll pass an industrial complex where General Dynamics makes armored vehicles for the U.S. military. But if you stop and take a photograph, you just might find yourself detained by military police, have your camera confiscated and your digital photos deleted. Which is exactly what happened to two staffers for the Toledo Blade newspaper on Friday, in an unacceptable violation of the 1st Amendment and common sense. According to the Blade, staff writer Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser had just covered a news event at another Lima-area factory and decided to take photos of other businesses for future use, a common media practice.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations' expert organization on the subject. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn't just forecast the usual sweeping changes that are likely to occur as the planet warms, the kinds of warnings the public has heard (and often ignored) for decades. The report released Sunday goes further by pointing out alarming signs of what is happening already. In a rational world, it would be more than enough to propel world leaders into action.
April 1, 2014 | By David Lauter and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act has passed its first big test, but the law's distribution of winners and losers all but guarantees the achievement will not quiet its political opposition. White House officials, who had a near-death experience with the law's rollout six months ago, were nearly giddy Tuesday as they celebrated an open-enrollment season that ended on a high note. Despite the early problems with the federal website, "7.1 million Americans have now signed up," President Obama declared in a Rose Garden speech to members of Congress, his staff and supporters in which he notably returned to referring to the law as "Obamacare.
October 2, 1991
It astounds one to realize that several near-global wars have occurred; invasions of countries made; spewing of lava, hurricanes, flash floods and famines have come and gone in the past three years and still Proposition 103 just sits there--correction--lies there without any action. Is it tainted with leprosy or so unbelievably untouchable that the Legislature refuses to act upon it? "Drive defensively," says the DMV manual. Better to "elect defensively" and put in legislators capable of following the mandate of the voters.
March 30, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In speeches and remarks last week in Europe, President Obama made it clear that he considers Russia's annexation of Crimea a very big deal. But he also defined what it's not: an overwhelming national security threat, such as the U.S.-Soviet rivalry in the Cold War, that would trump all other foreign policy priorities. In appearances before European Union leaders, Obama called for a sustained effort to isolate Russia to discourage further encroachment on its neighbors, but emphasized that Russia is not the West's top geopolitical challenge.
March 30, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators twice declined to investigate faulty ignition switches in General Motors Co. cars that led to 13 deaths - even though one official found "a pattern" of problems, according to a new congressional report. The report, released Sunday, added fresh details to a controversy that has shaken the revitalized automaker. Already under fire for lengthy delays in recalling the vehicles, GM also was accused in the report of allowing the defective part to be installed in millions of vehicles after testing showed it did not meet the company's own specifications.
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