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ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2011 | By Jodie Burke, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Todds "When we were trying to sell 'Austin Powers,' we got a lot of pushback," Suzanne Todd recalls. "A studio head at the time [took] the point to call himself to say to me, 'Passing on this project, and I also want to tell you as your friend that I think this material is disgusting and you're a nice girl and you shouldn't sully you career by taking on this kind of material.' And I remember thinking, not only was that a pretty aggressive pass, but I was sort of insulted by the idea that he needed to look out for me. " The Todd sisters have produced some big hits, including all three of the "Austin Powers" movies, "Memento" and "Alice in Wonderland.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
British playwright David Hare has always been interested in the interplay between social conscience and personal responsibility. Not since his 1978 play "Plenty" has he crystallized these concerns into a play as compelling and warm-blooded as "Skylight," which opened Thursday night at the Mark Taper Forum.
BOOKS
November 2, 1986 | John Espey, Espey is a professor emeritus of literature at UCLA.
In his survey of Louis Auchincloss' work, Christopher Dahl shrewdly remarks that Auchincloss "may be at his best when he writes about the past," and that for his "most acute commentaries on contemporary life, one must turn to his short stories." This may explain why Auchincloss' latest addition to his long list of fiction--a hasty count yields at least 28 previous volumes--is not only a novella but a deliberately Jamesian novella.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The Aussie import "Wish You Were Here" offers a distinctive, highly effective take on the vacation-from-hell thriller. First-time director Kieran Darcy-Smith, working from a powerful script he wrote with wife - and the film's co-star - Felicity Price, so consistently tightens the screws on the unfolding events you can practically hear the irrevocable twists. The story, told largely in the present but with slowly revealing, well-structured flashbacks, outwardly involves the disappearance of a Sydney, Australia, businessman, Jeremy (Antony Starr)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1995
Q: What would happen to a man who fell into a hole through the center of the Earth? A: Assuming he was not burned to a crisp by the intense heat or crushed by the great pressure, and that there was no friction in the hole, he would oscillate back and forth through the center of the Earth like a pendulum with a period of 42 minutes. That is, 42 minutes after entering the hole, he would emerge on the opposite side of the Earth, and 42 minutes later, he would be back where he started.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1992
The proposed golf club in Big Tujunga Wash is a matter of open space and the right for nature to exist versus short-term gain for a few people. People have the right to make money but not at the expense of rare species and the unique environment. My wife Alice and I wanted to get away from the over-built-up, man-made urban concrete, pollution-infested habitat. Alice and I take our two children, Amy and Becky, to the wash to walk and study nature. I like the character of our community now. My family believes in the interdependent web of all living things.
OPINION
June 29, 2007
Re "Reel life was his real love," Column One, June 27 It has been 27 years since I last sat in Jim Hosney's classroom, listened to the whirl of a 35-millimeter projector in his apartment or heard that laugh, but time has diminished neither my fondness nor gratitude. While my vocations are law and politics rather than film, the lessons learned from this master permeate much of my work. One of the greatest testaments to Hosney is that my legal briefs, press releases and speeches often contain references to such decidedly nontraditional sources as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Rashomon."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1993 | Steve Hochman
And the "Lollapalooza '93" winner is . . . Answer: None of the above. That's what Pop Eye found in a survey of 20 alternative-music insiders asked who will be the "breakout" act on the "Lollapalooza '93" tour, which begins Friday in Vancouver. More than half of the voters said they did not see any of the acts making a dramatic move to a new level of popularity because of the exposure on the tour.
SPORTS
April 28, 2001
The XFL just wrapped up its first season. I believe it was a successful venture. I know sportswriters and late-night comedians thought it was a big flop, but I don't see it that way. Maybe the TV ratings slipped because people were expecting something different, but it was nothing more than smash-mouth football. I enjoyed watching players from major college teams play for rent money. These players would try their hardest each game just to get a $2,000 bonus for winning. There were no million-dollar crybabies.
NEWS
August 14, 1986 | DEBORAH CHRISTENSEN
Competition is often fierce in the dog-eat-dog world of politics, and this time the Democrats won. Alice, a Belgian shepherd owned by Rep. Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) was named "top dog" of Congress, beating canines owned by four Republican competitors in a special Capitol Hill version of a dog food company's Great American Dog contest. Alice's reward was a check for $2,500 and 1,000 pounds of dog food, which will be donated to the humane society. She won a new leash and engraved name tag also.
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